The program, which has been implemented for three years, will end this month. In order to verify the results of the three-year endeavour, we visited the region in February. Specifically, we visited a total of six schools and administrative agencies out of the 20 places in the region where we had donated our digital duplicators. Moreover, we participated in the activities of the local school management committees and children’s protection committees as well as in the training sessions held for local teachers with a view to interviewing other participants about the program.
Each of the schools has been using the donated digital duplicators to make from several thousand to a hundred thousand copies. Through the interviews, we were pleased to learn that the duplicators have made contributions to improving school classes, including reducing the time required for teachers to write down information on the blackboard and increasing the time available for children to do exercises and tests. Moreover, the duplicators are being used by members of the local school management committees and Children’s Groups to share information. The duplicators are also utilized by members of schools and administrative agencies located in the vicinity of the facilities where we donated the machines.
Even after the program is finished, the donated duplicators must continue to be used. To this end we have made necessary agreements. Based on these agreements, each of the schools will continue to purchase master sheets and cartridges, which need to be replaced regularly, through funding made available from the government.
The local school management committees and children’s protection committees have provided their members, who had previously taken no interest in school education, with the first opportunities to gather together and discuss problems related to their villages and schools, and they have been working to improve the quality of the local schools while encouraging more children to attend school.
Also, the children themselves have learned about their rights, encouraging those who were not attending school to do so and expressing their objections to early marriage through the Children’s Groups. Thus, the children have changed themselves greatly. Further, they shared roles to improve the school environment for themselves, including proposing the installation of restrooms and fences to the relevant parties.
Three years ago, before the launch of the program, people in the region did not show much interest in improving local schools, but now the program has greatly changed their attitudes, which we were able to recognize through the interviews. The final goal of this program is to enable local communities to improve their educational environment independently. We hope that the cycle of improvement will continue to be repeated toward the attainment of this goal based on the accomplishments made under the program.
Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to all the people who have engaged in this program.
Interviewing a teacher (right) about the
Meeting of a local children’s protection
Art workshop held for one of the Children’s
Students of Siripura School
NGO staff that provided local support for the program