Buddhabhumi Municipality first to declare 100% enrollment
Buddhabhumi Municipality of Kapilvastu has been declared 100% enrolled on 5th August 2017. Newly elected Mayor of the municipality, Keshav Kumar Shrestha declared Buddhabhumi Municipality as the first 100% enrolled municipality in the presence of chief guest honorable former State Minister of Education and Parliamentarian Surendra Raj Acharya, Director General of Department of Education Babu Ram Poudel and Deputy Country Director of Save the Children Pete La Raus.
"100% enrolment in Buddhabhumi means 13 government secondary schools, six private secondary schools, 46 government primary schools, 13 private primary schools, nine Madrasa and religious schools and 67 Early Childhood Care and Development Center (ECCD) have enrolled all school aged children from ECCD to grade eight of their catchment areas,” said Mayor Keshav Kumar Shrestha at the declaration, "It would not have been possible if teachers, parents, student, child clubs, management committee and related organization have not came together committed to make it happen."
Buddhabhumi Municiplaity enrolled 16,832 children along with 1,081 girls and 8,051 boys in schools from enrolment campaign. Out of them 263 children were over age children who had never been enrolled in school. They were the last group of children from a core marginalized group who would have had no access to education if they were not given special priority. 100% enrolment declaration means reaching to those children.
The municipality formed a resource center and ward level enrolment campaign committee to enroll all children in school prior to the declaration event. The committee analyzed the data from Community based Education Management Information System and listed the name of school aged children out of school. Then they carried out various program to enroll them in school. For example, rallies were taken out, street dramas were staged and radio programs were aired to create awareness on importance of education and schools. Door to Door campaign was carried out to convince the parents unwilling to send their children to school and also children unwilling to go to school. Learning materials were supported to children who could not afford school supplies.
"100% enrolment is one milestone we achieved," said Pete La Raus, Deputy Country Director of Save the Children at the declaration, "It is an investment and will show result in the future."
Also speaking at the event Director General of Department of Education, Babu Ram Poudel said, “Buddhabhumi is the first 100% enrolled municipality under new federal structure of Nepal. I can talk about importance of 100% enrollment in areas with no 100% enrollment. But you (the municipality) already know the importance. So, I come here to congratulate you. I look forward to sustainability of the declaration and share yours success to other local structures."