On 9th April, 2018, DPAC meeting was conducted at District Coordination Committee, Kathmandu from 4 pm onwards. The meeting was started with a short introduction of the participants and facilitation of the meeting by Mr. Deepak K.C (Senior Social Development Officer, District Coordination Committee). After the agenda of the meeting was explained by Mr K.C, he opened the floor for Mr. Krishna Prasad Subedi (Team leader of CWISH) to start the presentation.
Mr. Subedi presented the power point explaining about CWISH and three major (Child protection, Right to education and Family empowerment) theme focused on. The presentation also made clear on the activities which have been done and which are currently undergoing through CWISH. After that, he moved towards the introduction of the project for which the DPAC meeting is being held. The presentation included objectives, target district and the population (with the valid reason for the selection of those districts), activities to be done, expected outcomes and the total budget allocated for the project implementation.
After the end of the presentation, some of the participants raised their queries related to the project such as Undersecretary of District Education Office; Mr. Sahadev Nepal wanted to know about the time duration of each session and what types of data will be collected for the research. Mr. Subedi of CWISH explained to him that each session will last for about 90-120 minutes and the primary data will be collected for the research activities. Another question was aroused by Deputy Chief of District Coordination Committee, Ms. Sarita Dahal on activities done by CWISH for preventing drop out of the children from school. Mr. Subedi and Ms. Yadav Kumari Basnet of CWISH responded as after earthquake about 200 teachers were counseled and advocated for making child friendly school, about 100 classes were made child friendly and also counseling set up was made in the about 200 schools. All these activities were done among the different schools of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.
After the long discussion, Mr. K.C asked the President of District Coordination Committee, Mr. Gopal Kumar Adhikari to present his views on the project and to formally end the program. Mr. Adhikari responded that the area which the project is going to cover is a very important and sensitive one so the activities along with the data collection procedure should be done very carefully and accurately. The project team should make the local authority to take ownership and work for implementing the project at their respective rural municipalities. The project team should be very concern about not taking a long gap between data collection and publication of the report. Even the District Coordination Committee showed interest in monitoring visits to the project area in the near future.