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Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal

by Language Development Centre - Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal
Community Group Meeting in Dang
Community Group Meeting in Dang

Language Development Centre Nepal [LDC-Nepal] is a small NGO continuing assisting to implement language, education and development activities. LDC-Nepal is working with different language speaking communities to improve their socioeconomic situation through formal and non-formal education and minor development activities. We are providing technical and financial support even we do not have enough financial resources.

I would like to share some of great experiences and finding in last few years, which will help you to understand the progress and challenges of the project. This report also focused on fundamental human right of learners.

Advocating for Quality Education for All

LDC-Nepal is working with National Language Commission as a roster organization to develop national language policy in education. We are advocating to reduce policy hurdles through our best experiences, which is helping to develop new policy, design new curriculum and teacher’s training program. But still our influence and efforts are not enough to play vital role in national level to provide quality education for all. Our motto is very closed to statement of UNESCO “Quality education shouldn’t be limited to a privileged few, but should be accessible to everyone.” Government agencies and political leaders are agree in principle to change in existing policies and practices to provide quality education for all. But which is not happened yet.  So, we have to give more focus and work with local government agencies because they can play vital role to change basic education policy in Nepal.

Literacy and Livelihood Activity

LDC-Nepal is implementing literacy project from the beginning and trying to change existing literacy practices through functional, transitional and mobile literacy programs. It is helping to change traditional definition and practice of literacy. We are partly successful because the stakeholders are looking and listening to us. It is encouraging us to continue our activities.

“Education is a fundamental human right and the most powerful tool to transform lives and build the world of tomorrow.” #EducationDay 

If children/learners are allowed to use their mother tongue or first language at class/school, they will rejoice with fundamental human right and help them to 

- develop solid foundation of education

- understand the value of their language, culture and nation

- preserve & promote linguistic & cultural diversity for peace

- promote indigenous skill, science & knowledge for development

- prepare foundation for sustainable development & prosperity

LDC-Nepal is able to provide support more than 500 families and most of direct beneficiaries are women. They are enlighten through functional literacy programs. Their voices are started to listen and they are able to paly key role in their respective community. It is remarkable change even we did not made any formal evaluation of the project.

The statement from Li Anderson, Minister of Education for Finland is very relevant and worthy to follow in our context. She said, "Investment in education is key to all of the success, 'we have seen in Finnish society, so it is key for social cohesion, it is key for equality, and it is key for building economic progress and for economic growth." 

Education is everyone’s responsibility. We must act urgently together and step up efforts to invest more in quality.” #EducationForAll

I [Pushker Kadel] believe, “Best quality education can only transform the society.” So we have to manage more investment in education, ensure the best quality and all learners will get benefit from it. We are hopeful that education and development programs will help to make the behavioral changes in new generation. It will also help to develop healthy and peaceful world. 

How easy or difficult is it to reform the education system as per sociopolitical changes in Nepal? It is still debatable. But we were able to show the best example through our small projects with your support and contribution. Thank you and looking for more cooperation in future.

Tharu women
Tharu women's unity through their work
Pushker Kadel as trainer in teacher
Pushker Kadel as trainer in teacher's training
Natural Beauty in east Nepal
Natural Beauty in east Nepal
Limbu classroom in East Nepal
Limbu classroom in East Nepal
Participants are in the Workshop
Participants are in the Workshop

Language Development Centre Nepal [LDC-Nepal] is developing partnership with local language speaking communities to implement language, education and development activities since 2008. We are getting good response from the communities even our financial support is very nominal.

LDC-Nepal is providing technical and small financial support to implement Tharu women Literacy activities in coordination with Help Society Nepal. The project is supporting twenty-three women to make them literate and improve their life style through mobile literacy activities. Facilitator meet them once a week in the weekend. The program is getting popular and effective because participants are using literacy skills in their daily life. We are getting more request from the community to support more women. The literacy program is literate women in their own language, aware and prepared them to promote their own language and culture.

Last week, I had visited the project area and facilitate the project activity review workshop in Dang which was organized by partner NGO Help Society Nepal. It was a great opportunity for me to have a conversation with community leaders, NGO members, literacy facilitators and participants to know the progress and their concerns about the project. I am delighted to share the report on project review worksop.

I had facilitated the two days workshop for 15 participants [Male: 9 & Female: 6] among them two literacy participant, one literacy facilitators, one supervisor, three Tharu indigenous Knowledge holders, one advocate and seven NGO members.

The workshop was fruitful for us to know the progress, local stakeholder’s concerns and ideas about the project and ongoing progress and redefine the literacy program. Supervisor, Bhauna Ram Chaudhary said, “We are getting positive response from the community and need to use their positive thoughts to ensure effective implementation of the project activities.” 

The project is able to develop positive vibes in the community. Literacy participant Sabita Chaudhary said, “I realized that once we replace negative thoughts with positive ones, we will start having positive results.” 

IK holder, Shreeram Chaudahry said, “We are shaped by our thoughts. Education [informal, formal and non formal] is shaping our thoughts. It is critical and crucial to understand this reality.”

“Quality education should’t be limited to a privileged few, but should be accessible to everyone.” [UNESCO] 

The project activity is helping to create an environment that can reduce illiteracy in the community, drop out from the school and ensure to provide quality education for all using their language, culture and capacities. 

“The development of self reading and writing habits increases the ability to analyze the situation correctly. Being educated or literate means not only to get a degree and recognize the letters. The knowledge and skills derived from study have to encourage the people positively active to have a standard living and develop a peaceful society.” [P. Kadel, Apr 2019]

We are grateful for your support. Thank you and looking for more cooperation. 

Group photo after the Workshop
Group photo after the Workshop
Group work about importance of women literacy
Group work about importance of women literacy
Welcome Banner for the event at Ranke Bazar
Welcome Banner for the event at Ranke Bazar

Language Development Centre Nepal [LDC-Nepal] is continuing its activities in language, education and development sector. LDC-Nepal is developed good partnership with local communities and organizations to implement its activities even we did not have big project and funding. 

LDC-Nepal is providing technical and financial support to implement Limbu Literacy activities. Yakthung Academy Nepal is a leading NGO to implement the activities in partnership with local communities and other stakeholders. The literacy program is assisting the Limbu communities to literate them in their own language with script, aware and prepared them to promote Limbu language and culture as well manage their capacities to move forward for quality life in the future.

I had visited the project area last week [20-23 March] and participated the Multilingual and Multicultural event in Ranke, Ilam & Pachthar and shared my paper about Language, Education and development issue in Nepal. It was a great opportunity for me to have a conversation with literacy facilitators, participants and Limbu communities about the project activities. 

Literacy program: Six facilitators were involved in mobile literacy activities and literate 72 Limbu adults. They are able to read and write Limbu language in their own script. The participants were regularly involved in mobile literacy activities and the facilitators were coach them at their home and tole each Saturday. The literacy participants were used to meet together once a month to share their learning experience and progress. One of the participant said, “The mobile literacy program is very effective because the course encouraged us to involve in self learning activities and never disturbed us to run our daily life. This is also helpful to create a reading and writing environment at home.” [21 March 2019]

Limbu IK holder and member of Nepal academy Prof. Harischandra Lawati said, “The mobile literacy concept is very effective in mountain area where the houses are scatter. The program is helping us [Limbu communities] to use and promote our language and culture.” [23 March 2019]

Limbu Linguist Dilendra Kurumbang said, “The literacy program is assisting to know an importance of language and its preservation. It is also develop the capacities among the Limbu speakers to use their language and script.”

Illiteracy in a first language makes it more difficult to gain literacy in second language.” Global Education Report 2018, UNESCO

In the light of Sustainable Development Goal 4 and the objective to leave no one behind. It is essential that indigenous people have access to education in their own language. #MotherLanguageDay

The project activities are assisting to change this situation and meet the sustainable development goals.

Multilingual and Multicultural event:

Three papers were presented in the workshop. Diga Dhoj Lawati, Dilenndra Kurumang and I was invited to present the paper. The papers are about role of Mundhum to develop Limbu literature, How to preserve Limbu language and Language, Education and Development in Nepal respectively.

My paper 'Language, Education and Development in Nepal’ is focus on mother tongue role in education and development. I conclude that if children/learners are  allowed to use their mother-tongue or first language … it will help them to;

  • develop solid foundation of education,
  • understand the value of their language, culture and nation,
  • preserve and promote linguistic and cultural diversity for peace,
  • promote indigenous skills, science and knowledge for development,
  • prepare foundation for sustainable development and prosperity. 

Literacy/Education is the most powerful transformative force to build a better future. “Education transforms lives and is at the heart of our mission to build peace, eradicate poverty and drive sustainable development.” #Education2030 We would like to be a part of this mission and trying to use our capacities with your great cooperation. 

“Learning is not a race! Allow children [learner] at their own pace. [Ijeoma Opah, Education Consultant] True! Hurry to learn English is not helping children learn better, they are facing many difficulties because they are not allowed to use their face [language, culture and content] and pace.” [Pushker Kadel, Jan 2019]

We are grateful for your support. Thank you and looking for more cooperation. 

News about the event at national news paper
News about the event at national news paper
Participants are in rally from the village
Participants are in rally from the village
Demonstrating Limbu Cultural Dance in the event
Demonstrating Limbu Cultural Dance in the event
Participants in the Workshop
Participants in the Workshop

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Molina
Molina's home and business Signboard

Language Development Centre Nepal [LDC-Nepal] is continuously working in the issue of language, education and development with different language speaking communities in Nepal since 2008. LDC-Neal had developed good partnership with Tharu and Limbu communities and its stakeholders to assist them to improve their socio-economic situation and advocating multilingual education in Nepal.

We are happy with the progress in project activities even we do not have good financial capacities. The project activity is is able to give positive result in the community. Partner NGO, Help Society Nepal, Dang and Tharu community is actively involve in the project activities, which is encouraging us. We are implementing Functional Mobile Literacy program with twenty Freed Kamaiya and Kamlahari families in Kailali Districts. The literacy program facilitator is visit each member’s home once a week and to review their literacy and income generation activities. Facilitator also coach parents and children to improve their reading and writing habit in Tharu and Nepali language. 

Here I would like to share one of the literacy participant Mrs. Molina Chaudhary’s story and her experiences, which is meaningful to share with all of you. She is 45 years old and living in Sapana Shibir, Kailari with six members since July 2001AD. She had spent her youth time about 13 years as a Kamlahari [bounded labour]. She started to live in this shibir after they freed from Kamaiya system 2000AD. Molina said, “It was very hard time for us to manage basic needs from our limited income, which is forced us to drop our son from the school. After the financial literacy activities, I am feeling comfort because we are able to earn and save money from my business. It is helping us to improve our economic life and social status.”

After receiving entrepreneurship orientation and financial grants NPR 21,000 [USD180] from the project, she has started a small Grocery in her own home in July 2018. She and her family is very happy with the progress of the business. Grocery made 3,000 to 4,000 sale per day, which is giving about 10 to 12 thousand rupees benefits per months. Her son supports to run the Grocery and husband is working in Tent house. She said, “The project is able to change our mindset, situation and fortune. I would like to thanks those peoples who encourage and provide us financial and technical supports. But still there is many families are left, who need supports and encouragements.”

The project staff Nirmala Chaudhary said, “The literacy participants are actively involving literacy and income generation activities. There is still fifteen families are left who is really need our supports and coach. The local government is also supportive to provide them training.”

 During my last visit [5-8 and 23-26 Dec 2018] and observation findings, we have to modify our literacy curriculum and include digital literacy activities, train the facilitator and implement the program to improve the local community’s life style and connect them with wider communities.“Today, people need digital and literacy skills to work, live, learn and communicate, Those without the required skills and literacy face marginalization.” [UNESCO 2018]

“If young generations have good coach, train and access to good quality education [informal, formal and non-formal] and opportunities to utilize the skills and resources as we anticipated, they will be powerful drivers for the nation’s development. So reach to good quality education should be extended.” [P. Kadel, 22/10/2018] 

We are grateful for your support. Thank you and looking for more cooperation. 

Molina is at her Grocery
Molina is at her Grocery
Photo of Sapana Shibir from Kailali
Photo of Sapana Shibir from Kailali
Limbu Script Class Graduation Program
Limbu Script Class Graduation Program

Language Development Centre Nepal [LDC-Nepal] is continuing language, education and development activities with Limbu communities since 2008 in partnership with local communities. LDC-Nepal is trying to assist Limbu language speaking communities to prepare them to have quality life. We would like to share our progress on Limbu project activities.

We are pleased with the progress on project activities. This project is giving satisfactory performance compare to our financial support. Limbu communities and local NGO is committed to continue the project activities because they want to use their constitutional rights to promote and use their language in education and government offices. If we able to continue to provide our financial support, it will give us great result.

Thirty-four numbers of participants were graduated from our Limbu script class. Five volunteer trainers were honored for their contribution to run literacy activities. More than 60 people were participated in the graduation program. Limbu local literature collection is continued and some of them are published locally. Twelve community schools were received 120 Tilingual book ‘Hinja Pinchhu’ [Children] and 36 Manual for multilingual education for their library. Each school was received 10 trilingual books and 3 MLE manual.

Six graduates from Limbu Script class are involving to facilitate mobile literacy class. They visit the literacy participant’s home each Saturday morning to coach them how to write Limbu in Sirijunga [Limbu] script. They reported that 42 adults are involving in mobile literacy class. The model of literacy class is getting more effective and local communities are asking more support from us. But we are not in that position to provide them support as their request because of our weak financial capacity. 

We also assist to facilitate the Language survey workshop in Phidim. The workshop was organized by Language Commission Office Kathmandu.

Our staff Bhawani Tawa said, “The local people were not convinced to involve in mobile literacy at the beginning but now we are getting more request from them for the mobile literacy program.”

We believe functional literacy [non formal education] is help to develop people’s capacities and end all kind of discrimination in the society. The mindset of teacher [facilitator] is key to achieve best result in mobile literacy. We are looking for your cooperation to prepare competent and professional teachers to provide best literacy program in the community.

“267 million out-of-school children and young people are at risk at becoming part of future illiterate adult population.” [#LiteracyDay UNESCO 2018] One of the main reason is language of instruction in the class room. We are trying to address this issue through our activities.

The education system is only giving information but the system has to be transformed us for the better life style.” [P. Kadel, 2018]

We are grateful for your support. Thank you and looking for more cooperation.

Graduation Certificate to Participants
Graduation Certificate to Participants
Limbu book Launch program in Phidim
Limbu book Launch program in Phidim
Attendance record in the workshop
Attendance record in the workshop
 

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