01.08.2014 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

SMC’s role crucial in effective delivery of education in federal Nepal

© Samunnat Nepal -Workshop participants

School management committees’ (SMC) role is vital in ensuring inclusive and equitable access to quality education for all contributing to sustainable peace in future federal Nepal. This was discussed extensively in the workshop “Education in Federal Nepal: school governance and role of SMCs” in Kathmandu on 29 July.

The event, jointly organized by the Sammunat Nepal, District Education Offices in the Kathmandu Valley and the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu, aimed to orient SMC members on education system in other federal countries and identifying their role in ensuring inclusive and quality education to promote sustainable peace. The event also aimed at gathering suggestions from local level education stakeholders on the issues related to school management and governance in federal Nepal. The workshop was organized as a part of UNESCO/UNPFN project “Planning Effective Delivery of Education in a Future Federal State”.

Dhruba Raj Regmi, Secretary,  Nepal National Commission for UNESCO shared experiences on national and international practices. Effective governance of schools through accountable SMCs and the head teacher is crucial for ensuring equitable access to all, he said.

Tap Raj Pant, National Programme Officer at the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu clarified the role of the workshop in providing impetus to the Ministry of Education in building a model for Education in future federal Nepal. He said, “ SMC need to play  an important role for ensuing equitable access to education for all at school level ”.

The participants (28 - 18 male and 10 females) included the head teachers, teachers, representatives from Teachers Unions, SMCs and child club from Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts. They extensively discussed on how SMCs can play effective role in the effective delivery of education services at school level in federal systems. They unanimously agreed upon the need of more discussions in other geographical locations as well. 

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