Nutrition Sensitive Literacy Pilot Project completed!
November & December 2017 | Bardiya and Sindhupalchowk
School-level program activities for the NSL Pilot Project concluded after the post-test survey was administered in all 30 schools during this quarter.
OLE Nepal’s team of four members conducted post-test in the schools of Bardiya from November 26 to 30, 2017. OLE Nepal had developed Pre/Post-test questionnaire, with the help from WFP and World Education. The main objective of Post-test was to find out the progress of the students’ nutrition and literacy level after the intervention of NSL program in the schools.
Post-test/endline survey in Sindhupalchowk was conducted between first and second week of December in two phases. The first phase included the 10 schools (December 3 – 6) in the Thulosirbuari cluster, whereas second phase included 11 schools ( December 10 – 15) in the Mahankal cluster.
The same questionnaire of pre-test was administered on the same respondents from grade 1 to 3, which was conducted in May 2017. The test ensured the equal participation of male and female students along with different competence level at the grades. Altogether, 30 percent of total students from each grade, participated in the test from each school. Currently, we are in the process of obtaining data from the test. The data obtained from the two surveys will be compared and the detailed analysis will be shared in a separate report.
During the visit the team also handed over the additional supplementary materials at each school. This included the charts of vegetables, fruits, and pocket charts. Besides, we have also added the chart of the food pyramid, and grains and animal product.
Food and Nutrition Fair
OLE Nepal’s two staff participated the NSL Food and Nutrition Fair organized by WFP on November 18 at Majdur Basic School, Dadabha, Bardiya; and on December 3 at Saraswati School in Mahankal VDC in Sindhupalchowk. The events were organized as an activity of School Meals Modality and Nutrition Sensitive Literacy Pilot Project which aims to raise the awareness to the respective stakeholders, regarding the importance of school meal in the context of nutrition program. The event comprised of several stalls that demonstrated the local agricultural products. Participants of the event included students and teachers of the pilot schools, food preparers involved in preparation of the school meals, parents of students and other community members, local government representative and local government agencies.
At both fairs, OLE Nepal demonstrated the workbooks from grade 1 to 3 at the assigned stalls. These workbooks were prepared in a collaboration with WFP for the enhancement of Nutrition Sensitive Literacy. We also conducted different games for students who visited the stall, such as word puzzle, crossword puzzle, bingo, coloring activity (different fruit items) that were based on the content of the workbooks. The students actively participated in the games. They were also rewarded with pencil and eraser on the successful completion of game and assigned tasks.
Along with students, other individuals also visited the stall and enquired about our workbooks and program activities at the schools. We explained that the workbook content is arranged in a way that the child can learn about the nutrition along with an improvement of literacy.
Overall, the event was a good opportunity for the students, teachers and community members to know about the activities conducted by WFP regarding the School Meals Program and Nutrition Sensitive Literacy Pilot Project.
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.