On the 11th-13th April 2014 ECCA organized 3rd National Conference of Children’s Clubs in Kathmandu. The conference brought together 116 children from schools in 20 districts (out of 75 districts) of Nepal.
During the conference, students from different nature clubs were given the opportunity to participate in the Knowledge Marketplace, a funding competition in which students could present a proposal for the improvement of their school or wider community. Their proposals were presented to a panel of experts, who carefully selected six nature clubs to be awarded funding to help implement their proposed projects.
Students from Lalit Kalyan Kendra Lower Secondary School in Lalitpur, Kathmandu (who were assisted by the Support a Child campaign), were successful in achieving funding for their school. Their proposal was to install water taps in their school. The school is government run, and previously only had access to unclean water from a well. With the help of ECCA, however, the school has installed a tank and water is disinfected using WATASOL chlorine solution. Currently there is only one tap in the school which the students and teachers can use to access safe drinking water, which means that students have to spend a lot of their time queuing to use the tap, often when it is very hot outside. The funding grant which the students received will therefore be used to install three more water taps in the school, allowing students to access clean water more easily.
Bimala Tamang, 14, and Dhiroj Khadka, 13, were sponsored by the Support a Child campaign to attend the conference in order to present their proposal for installing the water taps in their school. Bimala explained that these taps will make a huge difference to the students in the school, and that it is also important in supporting the clean drinking water activities that the school is involved in, such as producing WATASOL chlorine solution from the WATA electro-chlorinator device.
“We feel very proud to have won the award”, Dhiroj explained. “Our school will have a good reputation in our community because of it”. This award will help to attract prestige to this government school, which struggles to maintain enrollment due to local students’ preference to attend private schools. Students come to this school from outside of Kathmandu and may not attend for more than a few months due to their parents being forced to relocate for work. This is disruptive to the students’ education; good publicity is therefore extremely valuable for attracting local students to the school.
The project to install the taps will be completed in a month, and after this the students at Lalit Kalyan Kendra Lower Secondary School will have easier access to safe drinking water.
Thank you for your continued support, without which we could not support these students to achieve funding for their school. Your generous donations are extremely valued.
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Since the establishment of ECCA in 1987, it has been actively involved with establishing and mobilizing Nature Clubs / Child Clubs in schools towards environment conservation and protection. Children’s club are independent and voluntary groups within the schools, aiming to promote active participation of students in different learning process. ECCA pioneered the concept of children’s nature clubs in Nepal in 1992 and have been actively working with students through children’s club in different issues such as environmental conservation, sustainable development, health & sanitation, children’s rights and more.
With an objective to create an opportunity to learn, share and increase network with other nature clubs operating in different regions, ECCA had organized National Children’s Club Conference in past. The 1st conference was organized in the year 2000 and 2nd conference was organized in the year 2009. Hence, in order to create more platforms for the students for their exposure, we are preparing to organize 3rd National Conference on Children’s Club in the month of April.
The 3 days event from 11th April to 13th April will include various activities like plenary sessions by experts, Knowledge marketplace, Children’s Club Paper presentation, exhibitions from children clubs, games, presentation by students, documentary shows, environmental games etc. These activities will support to increase the knowledge of students along with the skills required to organize programs and activities through their clubs in days ahead.
Our Involvement in Yachhu Macha Pucha (Clean Child Group) as board members during our school days had contributed a lot in our knowledge, skill and leadership development. We had organized lots of community projects in our community during our participation in club and had been able to win the concept for promotion of Safe Water concept in Knowledge Marketplace during the 2nd National Conference.
– Sumit Shakya & Punita Tandukar (Former Member of Yachhu Macha Pucha)
Through this event also, we look forward towards bringing similar changes in students participating in event. Expressing our sincere gratitude towards your support till date, we seek more support from you than earlier. Please mark the date March 3rd 12:01 PM GMT, on which globalgiving UK is providing £5,000 of matching fund. GlobalGiving UK will be Matching Donations at 50% up to £600 per unique donor. Matching is applied until the matching funds are used up. Hence, your support during this time period could act as multiplication effect and will be more beneficial for the students participating in the event.
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Apart from supporting scholarships every year for the needy students, we also organize programs and events which help our students to develop their leadership skills, communication skills, confidence build-up etc. These types of programs are mostly organized as an outdoor activity, far from their school, which we also call as Education Out of Class (EOC).
In the month of October, we had organized a “One Day Life Skill Training and Nature Hike Program” for over 140 students from different schools. The program was organized in Shivapuri National Park. It was a fun filled educational program with hiking inside forest including different games like Each One Teach One (To increase memory power and knowledge), Crow & Crane (To help quick decision) etc were played. Using suction pipe to collect insects found during hiking and studying their morphology and physiographic feature were one of the most enjoying and learning moments for the students. The collected insects were set free without any harm in their own environment after study by students.
The Five important life skills; Goal setting, Cooperation, Confidence, Communication and Leadership were also shared among the students through various games, discussion and activities during hiking. Students also expressed their concern about saving and preserving local environment through performing cleaning activities of the event venue as well as during hiking through collection plastic wastes found on their way and disposing it in proper disposal area.
At the end of the event, Suraj Thakuri (student of grade 9) expressed his gratitude towards the trainer for making his day a memorable. “This is my first hiking program and I really enjoyed my time. The games helped develop confidence within me and had an opportunity to practice my leadership skills. I also learned a lot about nature and how to take care of it”.
Getting similar more feedbacks from students, we thought of organizing similar programs for more students in coming days ahead. Hence, a series of programs related with Life skill is planned for the implementation in the month of December. More students will be involved in the program so as to help them increase their leadership skills and knowledge.
We also would like to thank you for your continuous support in our campaign and activities to support the students of Nepal and support the education of student in Nepal. I would also like to take to request you to disseminate the information within your circle of friends and families so as to increase support in our program. We look forward towards receiving your feedback, comments and suggestion at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we could implement our program more effectively. We hope for the same type of support in the days to come ahead. Please like our Facebook page to get updates regarding our activities and follow us on Twitter to get our tweets. We are also looking forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works as well.
At the moment, we are working with 76 Schools and Nature Club established in those schools, located in different districts of Nepal. Facilitating students to organize different activities to support their education & knowledge as well as motivate them to initiate activities to save our local environment are the major priorities when we work with them. To get a new perspective towards of program designing and implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of past activities plays a crucial role. Hence, a team led my Ms. Amala (Ex. Com. Member of ECCA), did a monitoring and evaluation of all the nature clubs and schools to identify their activities and performance in school and the community. Distribution of scholarship for the students best 10 school so as to motivate the students to organize different creative activities in their schools and community in coming days ahead was the main objective of the M&E. In addition to that sharing of activities implemented by different nature club to enhance the knowledge of students were also a hidden motive behind the evaluation.
The M&E team concluded with the top 10 Schools and Nature Club who were supported through the scholarship were as follows:
Mrs. Mansuli Maharjan, teacher of Tri Ratna Cooperative School, expressed “Monitoring and evaluation of Nature club activities in our school motivated our students to plan and organize various activities in school and in community. In addition to that, the Scholarship provided for our students boosted their morals and are highly encouraged to organize activities through nature club in coming days ahead”.
Mr. Bishnu Bhattarai, teacher of Sarashwoti Higher Secondary School, expressed “Even though the nature club of our school could not make it in the list of top 10 schools, our students felt competitiveness with other nature club. They are determined to win in next year’s evaluation which I feel is a very good sign for students which will definitely increase the knowledge and skills through their various activities”.
We would like to express our thank to the M&E team for their time and dedication for conducting the evaluation of Schools and Nature Clubs where we are working. We also would like to thank you for your continuous support in our campaign and activities to support the students of Nepal and support the education of student in Nepal.
I would also like to take this opportunity to request you to disseminate the information of our program in your circle so as to raise funds and support the education of needy students. We hope for your feedback, comments and suggestion regarding our program at email@example.com so that we could implement our program more effectively. We hope for the same type of support in the days to come ahead. Please like our Facebook page to get updates regarding our activities and follow us on Twitter to get our tweets. We are also looking forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works as well.
In last educational fiscal year, nearly 196 students were granted scholarship which included a set of materials as bag, note books, Stationary and mathematical instrumental box. With the initiation of new educational fiscal year, we have now started to receive request letter from nature club and schools stating to support the talented and needy students with scholarship. With the receipt of these requests, we are preceding the procurement of the scholarship materials to be granted for the students. A plan of distribution of approx 200 scholarship is being targeted this year. But, prior to the distribution of scholarship in different schools and to the students, we are conducting monitoring and evaluation to analyze the impact made through the previous year’s scholarship distribution.
Executive Member Secretary of ECCA – Ms. Amala Tuladhar is taking the lead in the process of monitoring and evaluation. She has been visiting different schools in order to interact with members of nature club and inspect the activities they had been conducting. In the mean time, she is also inspecting the progress in educational level of the students who were granted with the scholarship in last fiscal year. Ms. Sushila Tamrakar (Nature Club facilitating teacher of Lalit Kalyan Lower Secondary School) expressed her feeling towards monitoring and evaluation as an important activity to evaluate and motivate students and members of Nature Club. This had motivated students towards organizing further more activities in their school and community which will lead towards the development of leadership skills in the students.
We would like to thank you for your continuous support and believing and supporting us in our campaign. Because of YOU, we have been able to bring changes in the life of needy people in Nepal. Furthermore, we would like to request you all to share the information of our project and request your friends and families to donate on 12th June 13 (Wednesday). This particular day is very important for us because, GlobalGiving has announced this day as GG Bonus Day. Hence, of the total donation received in all the projects from 9:00 AM on this day, 40% of additional amount will be matched by GG until it’s US $90,000 budget is completed. Hence, your support through spreading out the message of bonus day will help us achieve our target very soon through securing additional funds.
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