Nepal battles the second wave of the COVID-19 virus that has caused disruptions to education as well as livelihood opportunities for the marginalized communities. As the country struggles with the shortages of medical supplies, many organizations have joined hands with the government, contributed resources, and played their parts to fight against the virus.
"We seek to support Nepal - specifically Sankhuwasabha, Gulmi, and Taplejung - in its efforts to contain, prevent the spread of the virus, and reopen the country safely. We were there with our beneficiary communities through the first wave of COVID-19 and are with them as we go through the second wave. Our support has evolved with the dynamic risks presented by the spread of the pandemic to the communities. Along with the provision of COVID prevention and wellbeing materials, we are committed to providing livelihood support for families in need. Throughout this period, we continue to have our team readily available for support in the field.” Surya Karki, UWS Nepal Country Director
UWS Fellow, Nabina Deshar reaching out and identifying at-risk households and children -UWS Khamare
During the first wave of COVID-19, UWS Nepal’s primary focus was to bridge the learning gap created by the closure of schools. Hence, the educational radio program “Hamro Kakshya'' was launched in UWS Nepal working districts. The radio program had 22,000 active listeners who were not just limited to children attending UWS schools but children from the overall district. In the second wave, UWS Nepal has pivoted to its radio program once again. This time, it has put in place different educational interventions like Extracurricular activities, WASH awareness campaigns, and Worksheet learning.
Children showcase and submit their artwork for Art Competition (Weekly Competiton are being carried out as a part of Extracurricular activities intervention -UWS Hedangnagadhi
*Worksheet learning: Worksheet learning is a takeaway assessment developed and designed for all grades (G1-G8), specifically for English, Nepali, Math, Science, and Social Studies in accordance with each grade's learning outcomes as outlined in the national curriculum. Best of all, the worksheets across various subjects feature vibrant colors, cute characters, and exciting story prompts, so students get excited about their learning adventure.
“The UWS education team is working tirelessly to continue providing education to the children despite the challenging scenario by paying home visits, following up with students and parents, and promoting UWS radio program Hamro Kakshya all across the district. While carrying out the programs in the community, the team follows strict safety guidelines and maintains social distancing protocols. It is important that we continue to teach the unreached while also ensuring the health and safety of ourselves, the students, and local communities.” Ashis Adhikary, UWS Nepal Education Coordinator
UWS Fellow, Subina Dhungana paying a home visit and sharing education resources to students -UWS Panchami Pokhari
The second wave of COVID-19 turned out to be highly transmissive in nature. Therefore, as a commitment to the safety and wellbeing of the children and communities that UWS Nepal works in, UWS Nepal ensured the availability of basic safety materials as COVID19 relief support in its working district, Sankhuwasabha and Gulmi. The packages were handed over to its UWS schools that are being used as isolation centers and managed through the District COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee and the District Hospital.
UWS Nepal handed over COVID-19 relief essential to District Hospital, Sankhuwasabha
“The relief support provided by United World Schools, Nepal will prove to be very helpful for the control and prevention of COVID-19”. Suman Shakya, Chief of the District Coordination Committee and Chairman of the Hospital Management Committee, Sankhuwasabha.
|2||Surgical masks||310||Box of 50 pc||230||80|
|4||Vizor (Face shield)||290||Nos||240||50|
|5||Sanitizer (Liquid)||46||Jar (5L)||36||10|
|6||Sanitizer Dispenser (1L)||3||Nos||2||1|
|11||Gloves||43||Box of 50 pairs||33||10|
“As we support the efforts to contain COVID-19 with the Government of Nepal and health sector counterparts, we have not lost focus of our key work – to Teach the Unreached, in some of the remotest areas of Nepal. In this regard, we have gotten back to distance learning through radio and are currently broadcasting daily lessons that reach approximately 40,000 children every day. We are confident that our radio classes, like the classes we did in 2020, will bring much-needed entertainment and learning to the children that are confined to their houses without friends to play with and school to go to. We are in this battle together to win it with caution and proper planning." Surya Karki, UWS Nepal Country Director
UWS Nepal has successfully constructed 44 school buildings in Sankhuwasabha and Gulmi district ensuring quality education for over 7,000 students.