ORIENTATION WORKSHOP WITH THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
This capacity-building workshop aimed to: (i) share the project research objectives/implementation plan and obtain participant feedback, and (ii) ensure local government engagement and support. It was conducted at the Bharatpur Metropolitan City (BMC) office. Eight BMC officials (deputy mayor, chief administrative officer, joint secretary, undersecretary, education division, school inspector, section officer, and information officer) and five ISER-N research staff attended. Dr. Ghimire presented a detailed introduction of the project, including information on the background and rationale, objectives, research design, implementation, and capacity-building plan. Thereafter, a discussion about the research plan and participant feedback on the implementation plan ensued. At the conclusion of this workshop, BMC requested (i) to expand the study area to include other parts of the BMC, (ii) to extend technical support to update school location maps and records, and (iii) to have ISER-N serve as expert advisors for other BMC programs. Overall, the workshop was highly successful in fostering the beginning of a collaborative relationship between our research program and the local government in BMC.