Competence development of the university and the support centers' staff

Nepalese partner universities all have established Support Centers for students with disabilities and students coming from marginalized groups into their campuses: Kathmandu University, Tribhuvan University to three campuses (Main campus, Dhankuta Multiple campus and Pokhara campus) and Nepal Open University.

All Support Centers will be equipped with aids and assistive devices to help students. The tendering process is going on in autumn 2021 and the equipment process will be completed by the end of 2021.

Part of the project is to add competences of university staff and staff of the Support centers. There will be two kind of trainings:

The Training Programme

Background

The idea is to build and support a community of Academic staff (possibly working at various levels, in different departments) motivated in creating and supporting the growth and the development of Support Centre (SC) in the 3 Nepalese Universities. It will be particularly important to feel the responsibility of this matter, to cooperate and participate actively in the training. For this reason, the training will not be “traditional” or content delivering, but knowledge and competences will be co-constructed and socially shared. And the training will contribute to the creation of policy documents, procedures, and rules for the SCs. There will be synchronous and asynchronous activities, group works, and we will use Microsoft Teams as digital platform for our meetings and to document processes and store materials.

Objectives of the training programme

  • To increase awareness on the importance of inclusion policy in Nepal, in particular in HE Institutions;
  • To design guide-lines, University policies, structure and roles at SC;
  • To apply the principles of inclusion in HEIs, in every day work and in decision-making;
  • To identify how Nepali society views and considers marginalised groups;
  • To approach the main international documents on disability and inclusion.

Participants of the training 

The participants of this training programme include personnel working in the Support Centers (administrative, technicians, University teachers); Academic referents for Support Centers; Department’s delegates (in our Universities each Department has a Delegate jointly working with Support Centers and mediating between vulnerable students and University teachers); University teachers directly involved or sensitive to this issue.

Training Contents

Module 1: inclusive education and right to education 

  • The inclusive education
  • International and Nepalese law about inclusive education
  • Social representation of disability in the Western world
  • Student with disability and students from marginalized groups

Module 2: University Support Centres 

  • Structure, Operation and services provided by Support Centres within University Policies
  • Ways of dealing with students with disabilities and from marginalized group 

Duration of the training 

10 sessions of 3 hours each.

Mode of training

Online and/or mixed.

The training will use Microsoft Teams to provide online environment. If possible, trainees will meet in presence.

Training procedures

The training will consist of lecturing, group work (working on assignments) and debriefing/reflection/discussion activities.

Training materials: The concerned facilitator/trainer will develop and distribute training materials to the participants/trainees.

Tentative date of training

Intensive training
week 1: 29 November- 3 December 2021 (Module 1)
week 2: 24-28 January 2022 (Module 2)

The 2nd Training starts in 2022

During the training programme in the autumn 2021 the structure and services of Support Centers will be established. After that, in spring 2022 the second training will start. Masaryk University (Czech Republik) will lead 6 courses focusing on the use of equipment in supporting students with disabilities and from marginalized groups.