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NSL Update

OLE Nepal is implementing the Nutrition Sensitive Literacy (NSL) pilot project in 21 schools in Sindhupalchowk and 9 schools in Bardiya districts in partnership with World Food Programme (WFP) Nepal office, the Ministry of Education and its line agencies including the Department of Education (DoE), the Curriculum Development Center (CDC), the National Center for Educational Development (NCED), and the Food for Education Project (FFEP). The pilot project implementation is being guided by the Technical Working Committee (TWC) comprising of representatives from the above organizations and agencies.

The NSL Pilot Project is part of the WFP’s School Meals Programme, which is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition grant.

As part of the project, OLE Nepal has designed and developed a package to help early grade children to develop basic literacy skills while also gaining critical knowledge about food, nutrition, health and hygiene. The package includes teacher’s guide, student workbooks and other materials for classroom activities. Teaching guidelines were prepared to help teachers use the workbooks in classrooms. The content was then reviewed by the Curriculum Development Center (CDC).

The NSL content and training package were tested in 5 of the 21 schools in Sindhupalchowk to learn the suitability of the NSL content, and to find out if the training package sufficiently prepares the teachers to apply the content in the classrooms. The test also provided insights into other practical challenges that may arise in the implementation of the program. After the test phase, the program was introduced in the remaining 25 schools in Sindhupalchowk and Bardiya with three-day training to early grade teachers, and the distribution of the workbooks and learning aids in the schools.