Nepal – April 2021

Written by our Nepal Team.

Personal Health & Hygiene Workshops.

FutureSense Nepal Hub has been continuing workshops delivery on the importance of personal health and hygiene at partner schools in Dhulikhel.

In March, the workshops were delivered to the primary level students at Purna Sanjeevani and Shreekhandapur Schools in Dhulikhel. During the workshops, students learnt the importance of personal health and hygiene and demonstrated the steps of washing hands, techniques of brushing teeth. They even trimmed their nails and combed their hair with FSF. Moreover, they learnt how communicable diseases such as the common cold, dysentery and even coronavirus transmit from one person to another. From both schools, 86 students attended 6 workshops’ delivery.

Despite delivering the workshops, FSF followed up with these students to monitor and evaluate the impacts of sessions. Similarly, FSF began the baseline assessment to learn the knowledge of the students on personal hygiene at Shwet Ganesh School in Chaukot. The baseline assessment was based on the KWL method to prepare the delivery of the workshops. During the interaction with students, they shared their knowledge by filling up the answers to the questions in the form, demonstrating handwashing, brushing teeth and expressing their interests to learn the areas of personal hygiene. 19 students from grade-4 attended the assessment.

COVID-19 Update.

Nepal has entered into the second wave of coronavirus with the UK variant, as health experts claim.

The infection cases are significantly on the rise since last week due to the open Indo-Nepal border where a large number of Nepalese are coming back home from India everyday.

The Ministry of Health and Population says the infection cases may exceed 50,000 by July 2021. The public health experts, however, claim that the projection of infected people depends on the number of tests and contact tracing because the tests are being performed only for symptomatic people.

As the infection cases are increasing, the Ministry of Health has requested not to gather more than 25 people, not to stage any rallies and public gatherings.

If the graph of coronavirus goes up, the government of Nepal is likely to close schools and FSF partner schools will be shutdown again. The programs and project deliveries at FSF partner schools will be affected by it.

Virtual Internships

Waste management and pollution and their relation to climate change are issues that are often underestimated in Nepal. Lack of public awareness, poor waste management systems, and excessive use of plastics have increased challenges across the nation and Dhulikhel is no exception to it.

With an aim to develop some practical activities to address these challenges, FSF Nepal Hub has begun virtual internships (VI) on waste management from 22nd March.

The practical activities that will be prepared by the intern are expected to help the partner school students understand the problems of human activities related to waste and pollution by demonstrating the consequences through experiments.

Furthermore, it is expected that the worksheets and other resources developed by the intern will provide the students with the knowledge and practical skills to mitigate against the challenges caused by waste and pollution through the use of 4 Rs (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle).

In the meantime, 2 community meetings with teachers and principals of Shwet Ganesh and Harisiddi Schools were held to understand the current situation of waste management in schools. Moreover, 3 in-country meetings were held with the intern to understand the recent waste management situation in Dhulikhel.

The VI project will be completed on 23rd April with the final handover and presentation by the intern.

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