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Building a Sustainable Future For Girls in Nepal

by Empowering Women of Nepal
Building a Sustainable Future For Girls in Nepal
Building a Sustainable Future For Girls in Nepal
Building a Sustainable Future For Girls in Nepal
Building a Sustainable Future For Girls in Nepal
Building a Sustainable Future For Girls in Nepal
Building a Sustainable Future For Girls in Nepal
Building a Sustainable Future For Girls in Nepal
Building a Sustainable Future For Girls in Nepal

Empowering Women of Nepal conducted GOAL Leadership camp and STEM training on January 12th -17th, 2020 for young boys and girls aged below 18 years old of Jagat Sundar Secondary School, Kathmandu. The GOAL Training includes 4 modules: Be Yourself, Be healthy, Be Empowered and Be Money Savvy that includes sub-topics. STEM is a curriculum based idea of teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in an innovative and practical approach. The training program was 4 day GOAL camp and a day STEM introductory training for 46 participants: 27 girls and 19 boys of Jagat Sundar Secondary School's students.

The five day training was conducted based on the best time for school and participants at the time of school winter vacation so their classes are not disturbed. The training objective is to empower young girls and boys with valuable life skill and to help develop their math, science and computer skills. Participants were enthusiastic to learn through game and activities. They were actively participating and enjoying learning through activities. They learnt about leadership skills, communication skills, peer pressure, budgeting, women rights, contraception, managing money, saving plans, domestic violence in GOAL Event; and in STEM Event they learnt by doing in group activities like building earthquake resistant building, bridge, designing bubble and potato dome to learn scientific term and their application in our daily life. On the last day of training, distributed completion certificates to all participants.

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Her father took her to Nepal when she was four, left her with his sister and went back to India. Mina didn't know her mother and father. When she got older, she asked her aunt about her parents and she replied that she didn't know where her parents were. Her aunt had a big family and had financial problem, which caused her to drop out of school during her seventh grade. She was helping her aunt in the field and at home.

She was just 14 years old when her aunt persuaded her to marry with nearby village man and the man told her that he was going to send her to school. After marriage, her husband sent her to school and later he went abroad for work. Her laws used to tell unnecessary things about her. Her husband scolded her on the phone. Every family member hated her and did not give her enough food to eat and rather give lots of work. By this behavior, she left home and went to Syangja and began to work in a hotel. They didn't come to look for her to take back during that time. After 4 months her family came to the Syangja Police Office to give her divorce notice and she was happy to give divorce. And she was still working at the hotel, and she met the man and shared her story and he told her to come to Pokhara so he could help her to find a job. She came to Pokhara and asked what you want to do and she replied that she wanted to continue her education. He sent me to the Children Home and completed her grade 12. After that she joined our female trekking guide training to learn skills and earn for her livelihood. She feels now confident in herself. Now she is working as an assistant guide at 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking Company.

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EWN Girls Get STEM Project is a six months project for underprivileged school girls. Its goal is to provide STEM training to promote an interest of these girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills. We started STEM program on December 4, 2015 in 3 different public schools with 270 girls in Pokhara. Later we continued this program in another school-Mahendra Secondary School with 104 girls in 2018 to motivate and build confidence in foundational STEM such as computer literacy and scientific problem solving to the disadvantaged girls. . To start our next STEM program, EWN organized 2 days STEM ToT to 3 school teachers of Shree Krishna School on Aug 2 and 3, 2019.

Girls mainly our country Nepali girls are marginalized in science, engineering, math and computer to the degree of their male counterparts in certain scientific interests and participation by the time they complete school level. Many girls may have an interest in STEM and enjoy it. But they do not always have the same opportunities as boys to complete and benefit from an education of their choice. Many girls are held back by biases, social norms and expectations influencing the quality of the education they receive and the subjects they study.

The beneficiaries are young school girls ages 12-15 studying in grade 6,7,8 and 9 who have no access to computers at home and attend the schools that are not well facilitated. A trainer lead sessions on every Friday afternoon after school hours. Trainers are school subject teachers who are providing training to strengthen and enhance awareness of the importance of STEM education for girls.

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At STEM Class
At STEM Class

 

Everyone has their own life. Life is filled with happiness, sadness, tears, smiles, laughter and emotions and everyone has their own life story. So, I have my own separate story. In my family there are five members in my family. Now I am studying in government school -Mahendra school at grade 9. I am studying here from grade 3. Before this school, I was studying at Shree Saraswati Secondary Boarding School. I had to shift to this school at the middle session of grade 2 because my family economic condition was weak. At that time I left school and six months gone by just staying at home. At that time I was not capable to go to government school too. By seeing this condition, an NGO helped me to join grade 3 at Mahendra school. This organization provided me school dress, books, notebooks and pens. Again I started to go to school. After that, also my life was filled with sorrow. When I was 10 years old, there was a big fight in my home. At that time my father did not work. He lived at home drinking alcohol, not paying room rent and it was difficult to get one meal a day. House owner asked to shift the room by not paying rent at time. Due to this problem, my father fight with my uncle, who lived in same house. At that time my uncle told my father to do work and send the children to school.

After that my uncle took me with him and since then me and my mother lived with my uncle. That organization supported me for four five years. If I was not come with my uncle, I will be in same situation. After that organization, my uncle supports me in my all education expenses. About four five years had be gone by living with my uncle. But now also my home situation is worse than before. Not able to pay room rent on time and also my father unstable job- doing whatever job he get and also hanging without job for a month. As my father did not work properly, my mother worked in river bank mining site which is a source of a day’s food for us. The amount earned from this labor is not even sufficient to eat a meal. The situation of my family becomes worse than precious as before I was only child and now there is addition in my family by 8 years old sister and 3 years old brother. My sister studies in the same my current school and my brother in nursery school. My brother school fees had not been paid for long time and don’t know when he will be out from school. It is very difficult to send them in school and I can’t do anything though I want to do.

Sometimes when I go with my friend, my mother or my uncle gives me money. When I roam and hang out with my friends, I forget all my worries. Sometimes there is also happy moment in the home. My uncle is very supportive in my education. I love my uncle more than my mother who gave me birth.

I like to go in new places and hang out with friends. I also like to study and STEM class provided by EWN. How hard and sorrow in life is also a part of life and enjoying a life is in its side. Sometimes happy and sometimes sadness is a part of my life.

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On March 23rd 2019 Saturday, the 3rd Inter school girls’ volleyball competition was organized to give opportunity to the adolescent girls with leadership skills and to empower girls’ self-esteem.

The competition was organized among the schools that Empowering Women of Nepal had ran nine months GOAL Leadership program. The participated schools were Shree Janapriya Secondary School, Rameshwory Secondary School, Shree Navaprabhat Secondary School, Shree Barahi Secondary School and Shree Krishna Secondary School; in total five schools participated in the competition.

The game was started by passing ball to players by Chief Guest and EWN President. Janapriya Secondary School won the competition this time defeating Barahi School was in the finals. Rameshwory Secondary School secured a third position defeating Navaprabhat secondary school.

The winners were awarded with trophies, medals and certificates.

Sunny weather, energetic players and enthusiastic audience contributed to the overall success of this fantastic event.

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Location: Pokhara, Kaski, Western - Nepal
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Lucky Chhetri
Pokhara, Kaski, Western Nepal
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