For a mountainous country like Nepal, natural disasters related with landslide and floods are inevitable in any time period of the year. Hence, in order to prevent human catastrophe from various types of disaster, adoption of preventive measures is a must. This could be done through various types of social awareness activities to sensitize people and through installing hardware that will inform about the disaster that is about to happen.
Recently, ECCA in collaboration with other partner organization (SEE, Li-Bird/MSFP, ICIMOD) installed a wireless flood early warning system for the first time in Nepal. This is a low-cost and user friendly technology installed in Kaligandaki River located in Bhurung, Myagdi District in western region of Nepal. With the installation of the technology, training programs were organized from 9th to 19th December for relevant stakeholders and school students located in the periphery of the system installed.
The main aim of this training was to provide basic knowledge about causes & consequences of flood, advantages of ESW and to develop strong communication among the participation. During the training program, participants were shared about basic of Disaster Risk Reduction terminologies, Early Warning System components, equipment to be installed and EWS mechanism. Practical sessions with briefing about equipment (transmitter unit and receiver unit), methodology to install, assemble and disassemble system together with precaution measures in days to come were also share with the participants.
20 students from four different schools located in the periphery of the river were also trained about the system and its functioning. ECCA staffs facilitated the training through giving them presentation about the EWS, nature club formation & school environment. All students were exited by knowing about the EWS. The group discussion, paper presentation & different interaction program was done among the students. Students from each school also made the wall magazine & art competition was also done among the participants during the training program.
The students were exited to learn about the EWS as it was a first training of its kind that they had received in their school. They agreed that the flood early warning system is really an important technology for the community to save from disaster like flood.
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With a lot of excitement and expectations, Kalsang from Mt. Kailash Higher Secondary School, Kapan, Kathmandu and Sanju from Kitini Higher Secondary School, Godawari, Lalitpur, along with a teacher from Mt. Kailash School and three staffs from ECCA went to participate in the GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE) in New Delhi, India.
The program, that saw the participation of around 300 students from 32 countries, was a valuable platform for the students to learn and exchange the experiments they have been doing. Kalsang and Sanju were no different. Already, there was an excitement of being in a different country among peers of different nations, plus learning new things directly with the experts added extra value to it.
A month prior to the event, Kalsang and Sanju started preparation for the presentation that they were supposed to do. Their presentation was a study about the effect of urbanization in Karmanasha River in Lalitpur. As the duo carefully practiced and went over the tiny details, one could feel their excitement and nervousness. After all, just doing the research isn’t enough; you need to be able to tell people about it, too! And they did exactly that.
During their presentation at the program, Kalsang and Sanju were successful in letting the audience know about the study and also answer queries regarding it.
Next came the poster presentation and eco-engineering products exhibition; with the theme of water conservation and preservation, the posters were beautiful and gave meaningful messages about it. Kalsang painted a couple of pictures for which Sanju did her bit by helping him. The visitors at the exhibition were duly impressed by the paintings about water conservation. One particular painting caught the eye of everyone and Kalsang, the painter, was asked to submit it in competitions! Encouraged, Kalsang then moved on to explain about the safe drinking water situation in Nepal, which was in a poor condition.
Kalsang and Sanju used this rare opportunity to know more about their fellow counterparts from other countries, their research, presentations and about their country in general. The exhibition and presentation was a great way to know what was happening in the countries. With an active interaction with the many students present there, the duo believes that their knowledge about the global environment and conservation method has been broadened.
The program also aimed to engage the GLOBE scientists and alumni with the students for the experiments. In the third day, students were taken to the field for mapping the study sites. Kalsang and Sanju were in the group that was to observe the atmosphere and soil sites in the hotel grounds. Dr. Narendra Das, SMAP Satellite Mission Research Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and GLOBE Scientist instructed them in their observation, along with other noted scientists. The next day, their group got engaged in mapping land cover and atmosphere sites at Nehru Park in Delhi.
Despite the hot Delhi weather, the students strived to learn more. The enthusiasm they generated fueled each other to learn more, nonstop.
The intention of GLE is to enable and engage the young minds towards conservation of the environment by making them observe the minute to drastic change in it. This program intended to gather schools from different countries at one place to share the activities they have been doing and at the same time, adapt ideas that could help in their own projects. This has been a great experience for the duo, who well represented the activities conducted in Nepal in this global platform. Needless to say, Kalsang and Sanju will be sharing the experience with their peers in their respective schools. This will, unquestionably, help in their quest to learn about the climate and environment more.
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Thanks for your continued interest in helping us empowering our students towards learning climate change in Nepal. Funding to this project is currently supporting training for the students of 3 schools to learn various hydrological parameters in their locality. The training and study is blended with course work and students from grade 8 & 9 were trained to receive data's related with hydrology from their nearby water source. Along with this activity, a research was also conducted in the schools through mobilizing our staffs and volunteers to test various parameters of water being used in the schools. Lab test of the water samples being received from schools were also conducted in order to analyze the safety of water being used in the schools. Coliform, hardness, Ph, Turbidity, Salinity, etc were the main parameters that were tested in lab and the results indicated as the water to be safe. In few schools, the coliform tests were found positive hence, they were asked to use protective measures like chlorination or other proper technique prior to use of water for drinking purpose.
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Through Climate learning program we are advocating students of different schools to aware them on different environmental topics and issues related with atmosphere, hydrology, soil science and canopy cover. Our activities in this program mainly includes field based survey, samplings, data generating, analyzing and concluding the data for organizing further advocacy programs in school and community level. Since the beginning of this program, as we trained the students from four schools to collect data on various protocols related with hydrology of nearby river, we organized an advocacy program for students of these schools through analyzing the data. A group of 6 youth volunteers were mobilized in fifteen schools to share the outcome of analyzed data with the students of grade 6 to 9 and facilitate towards taking some initiation of activities to aware others.
During the orientation program various issues and facts related with water like health & water borne diseases, ways of water contamination & pollution etc were shared with the students. Water purification methods such as gas chlorination, RO/UV filter, Tulip Filter boiling, candle filter, SODIS, and WATASOL etc were discussed. The discussions made with the students towards their role on initiating preventive measures for water pollution and contamination encouraged the students to identify various advocacy activities and take initiation through their children club in their community and residential periphery. By the end of the program, students in every school prepared an action plan of activities through their club to act on water related issues in their school.
Finally urging the students to implement the learning's of the class in their daily lives, facilitators wrapped up the classes, with a message, "If you want the change, you should initiate the change."
We would like to express sincere thanks to you for your help and supporting us to bring change in our schools and the students through our programs. Without YOUR SUPPORT we would not have been able to bring the changes. Furthermore, we would like to request you to share the information of our project within your friends and families network in order to receive continuous support for funding the program in other schools. We would like to request you to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to get our tweets regarding our programs and activities.
Looking forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works.
Since the initiation of Climate Learning program by ECCA in our school, our students of grade 8 to 10 had expressed high level of interest and enthusiasm towards learning and doing different science based activities in school. They had been actively involved in taking regular sampling and data from river located nearby our school. During each and every sampling, they come up with new questions related with different water related issues and had encouraged the discussion among their group. This had been a very useful educational tool for us. - Nani Chori Bajracharya (Nature Club Support Teacher, Prabhat Higher Secondary School).
Implementation of Climate Learning programs in schools had been a very useful tool for science teachers in school, as it has been providing opportunity for students to learn from practical involvement in various aspects. We have also been receiving request from other schools for technical support to implement this programs in their schools as well. And we are planning for the expansion in different schools in coming days ahead.
We would like to express our belated greeting for Christmas and wish for New Year 2014. Our deep gratitude towards your help and supporting us to bring change in our schools and the students through our programs. Without YOUR SUPPORT we would not have been able to bring the changes. Furthermore, we would like to request you to share the information of our project within your friends and families network in order to receive continuous support for funding the program in other schools. We would like to request you to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to get our tweets regarding our programs and activities.
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