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
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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Explaining about communal farming in Women group
Explaining about communal farming in Women group

Language Development Centre Nepal [LDC-Nepal] is continuing its activities with Tharu and Limbu communities since 2008 in partnership with local communities. We are trying to support both communities to make quality life through language, education and development programs.

I would like to share some progress on literacy and livelihood activities in Tharu communities. I am very impressed with progress because our small support is giving good results and Tharu communities are committed to continue the project activities. We able to run the following activities; Facilitator and skilled development training, livelihood supports and community farming.

Literacy facilitator training

Objectives: To prepare ten legal literacy facilitators to run basic legal literacy class in Babai Gaunpalika.

We organized three days basic legal training to 10 participants [Male:2, Female: 8] in Babai Gaunpalika. All participants are happy to work as a volunteer facilitator to run mobile literacy class. LDC-Nepal is planning to run ten mobile legal literacy classes for the local communities on basic legal issues and constitution rights of citizen in coordination with local NGO and government.

 Livelihood training and support to freed Kamaiya Families

Objective: To enhance economic capacities of freed Kamaiya Families through different training and supports.

Cycle repair Training: We organized ten-days cycle repair training to five freed Kamaiya families. All trainees are male and who have good skilled to ride cycle and literate about cycle parts. After training, we orient them how to use their skilled learned from the training and start cycle repair shop in their own village. Among them Dukhiram Chaudhary is started one small cycle repair shop in his village. We provided small financial grants NPR 15,000 [US$ 142 approximately] to setup the business. Dhukhiram said, “I am hopeful my new business will help to enhance my socioeconomic life. My family is also happy with my new business.” 

Communal Farming in Lamahi

Objective: To encourage freed Kamaya families work together to improve their economic capacities for their better life.

We organized two-days entrepreneurship and farming training to twenty-five members [Male: 7, Female: 18] from different freed Kamaiya Families. After this training they decide and start community farming in their own village. They rented 20 kattha [0.67 hector] land for communal farming and have to pay NPR 10,000 per year as a rent to the landlord. Sunu Kumari Chaudhary said, “The project helps us to change our mindset and encourage to work in a group.” This is a new practice in livelihood activities.

We observed and notices that all people are committed to use their capacities and resources to change their practice and pattern of life for better future even they have some arguments and reservations. The following saying is close to local people’s arguments and helped us to understand the reality and possibilities in the community. “We don’t always have to agree with one another but it’s important that we learn to respect each other.” [Rubyanne]

LDC-Nepal is always respect and understand people’s opinion and trying to address their expectations through literacy and development activities with our limited resources. We are convinced that “A meaning of life is not being rich, being popular, being highly educated, or being perfect. It’s about being real, being humble, being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others.” [unknown]

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

Meeting with stakeholders to share progress report
Meeting with stakeholders to share progress report
Maize farming on rented land in Lamahi
Maize farming on rented land in Lamahi
Literacy Facilitator training in Babai Gaunpalika
Literacy Facilitator training in Babai Gaunpalika
Cycle repair shop in Kaiali
Cycle repair shop in Kaiali
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Meeting with right holders @ Sundarpur, Gauriganga
Meeting with right holders @ Sundarpur, Gauriganga

I am delighted to share Tharu project visit report. Our small support and regular advocacy is helping to promote Tharu language and address ex-Kamaiya [Tharu man and woman] family's issues; food, shelter, education and human rights. Our local partner Help Society Nepal (HS-Nepal) is leading to implement the project activities in coordination with local stakeholders.

I had visited the two communities of Kalali district -Sapana Shibir, Kailari and Sundarpur, Gauriganga. I spent three days in the field to know the progress of project activities and local stakeholder's opinion about the project. I found the conflict of interest is main obstacle to address the ex-Kamaiya's issues. Last 18 years, ex-Kamaiya families are struggling to secure food and shelter. Government is unable to address the problem because of unstable politics, unclear policies and poor management.

Language Development Centre-Nepal [LDC-Nepal] is providing support how to develop network with government agencies to secure land and food security for freed Kamaiya and Kamlaharies. LDC-Nepal would like to address their expectations through advocacy, mobile functional literacy and developing networks with stakeholders and right holders.

Advocacy and literacy program is to

  • enable freed Kamaiya and Kamlharies to know and use constitutional rights and manage their resources [time, money and mussels] for better life situation
  • literate women and girls about their roles and responsibilities through functional mobile literacy wherever they are

Statements from stake/right holders

Pashupati Chaudhary, Freed Kamaiya Uplift Society, said, "We are struggling last 18 years to find secured shelter and suitable workplace but policymakers are unable to understand our situation and address our problem because of policy issue and political conflicts."

Padam Bahadur, Chairperson, Ward No 10, Gauariganga Municipality, said, "People who have enough land, they are also listed their name as Kamaiya and taking land from government. We have to identify real freed Kamaiya families and address their problems. We are working on it and waiting for local government regulation act."

Rampati Devi Chaudhary, Kamlahari, said, "We do not like to be a problem for the country and trying to setup our life different way but lack of secured shelter we are worried about our children future. This is critical, so we want community-based out-of-school class for our children to make them succeed in education."

All statements are very realistic and positive. We would like to address their anticipation with our limited resources but it is not enough. Because they need regular support for certain period but we could not make commitment because of limited financial resources. 

"Education is truly one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality and it sets the foundation for sustained economic growth." - Harry A. Patrinos [17 May 2017]

We are planning to functional mobile literacy calss for girls and women in two communities in coorination with local stakeholders, partners and government agencies. 

We are committed that to end discrimination, inequality and poverty through multiple activities. We believe and would like to continue and expand our activities with your great cooperation and blessings in Nepal.

We are grateful for your support. Thank you.

Women waiting for meeting @ Sapana Shibir, Kailari
Women waiting for meeting @ Sapana Shibir, Kailari
Meeting with women @ Sapana Shibir, Kailari
Meeting with women @ Sapana Shibir, Kailari
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Hari Chandra Lawati Facilitating the training
Hari Chandra Lawati Facilitating the training

I am excited to share Limbu project progress report. Our effort is helping to aware Limbu communities and promote Limbu language and culture through formal and non-formal education. Our local partner Yakthung Academy is leading to implement the project activities in coordination with local stakeholders-local primary schools, local communities, government offices and college. Limbu Indigenous Knowledge holders and language activists are very supportive to implement project activities effectively.

Field visit to know community's interest

Our staff, Mr. Bhawani Tawa spent 45 days [October to December 2017] at field and had one-to-one meeting with local stakeholders [school teachers, IK holders, linguists and local community people] to know their interests, expectations and ideas about Limbu language and culture issue. Local schools and people were suggested us to train young people to teach Limbu script [Sirijanga].

Facilitator selection and training

As per local community's interest and suggestion, we asked them send the name of facilitators from their community. We provided them basic guidelines and they chose 34 participants [Female: 22 and Male: 12, Limbu: 22 and Non Limbu: 12] for the training. Local government representatives were also involved to select the participants. Participants were made commitment to deliver training skills in the community through non-structured [mobile] Limbu script classes in their respective community.

7-days residential facilitator training for 34 participants was held in Phidim, Panchthar. Five trainers, who are volunteer, were involved in the training. We provided certificate to each participants. We got an information that 15 facilitators will involve to literate 15-20 youth and children to read and write Limbu language in Sirijanga script. They supposed to work as volunteer even though project has to pay minimum stipend but stipend amount will depend on our financial position. Project provided Limbu alphabet, spelling dictionary, training manual, pen and diary. [See Annex 1, 2 and 3]

Why mobile script class?

  • To enable minority language communities, especially the women who are not able to attend a scheduled evening literacy class, to learn to read and write in their own mother tongue and Nepali language.
  • To enable 6-14 age group of children, unable to be in the formal education system, be literate in mother language and the national language and gradually transit to English and enrol them to local schools.

Some important statements

Hari Hukpa Chengbang, Chief Guest of training closing program said, "We have to involve to preserve and promote Limbu language and culture. For this language and culture must be used in school curriculum." He added that "If you do not able to give best performance this certificate has no meaning for you."

Hari Chandra Lawati, trainer said, "We have to encourage Limbu people to use mother tongue at home and daily conversation with their children and help them read and write in Limbu. It will help to promote, preserve and transfer the languages into new generation."

Anisha Aangdambe, participant said, "This training help us to know why mother tongue is important to preserve our identity and enhance Limbu skills, knowledge and science. We need further training and regular coach to deliver training skills through our literacy program."

All three statements are very positive and challenges too because of limited financial resources we are not able to make open commitment to address their expectations. We informed that local communities are anticipating continue support [training to teachers, prepare contextual reading materials and continue MLE advocacy activities] to introduce Limbu language as an instruction language in primary school.

We supposed to run one script class for 30 participants, collect local literature and language day celebration. But we organised script class facilitator training for 34 participants as per local stakeholder's request. Local literature collection in progress and language day will be celebrated in 21 February 2018.

We [Language Development Centre-Nepal] would like to address people's expectations to change the situation of their life through language, education and development activities even though our resources are limited. But we are committed that "Education [formal and non formal] must train our brain to develop a good system. It must be used in our daily life to develop skills, competencies and use our cultural diversities for prosperity. [P. Kadel, January 12, 2018]

We are grateful for your support. Thank you.

Writing Exercise in Limbu Script
Writing Exercise in Limbu Script
Harilal Limbu demonstrating how to write Limbu
Harilal Limbu demonstrating how to write Limbu
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Maghi Celebration in Ghorahi
Maghi Celebration in Ghorahi

Language Development Centre Nepal [LDC-Nepal] is working with Tharu community since 2008 in partnership with local communities, CBOs, GOs, I/NGOs, individuals and development partners. We are working to create the environment for quality life through language, education and development activities.

 Last week, I got an invitation to participate in the Maghi festival and I participated in different cultural programs held in Dang. I am very excited to share my experience and observation. Maghi [Magh 1/Mid January] is a big festival and New Year of Tharu people. Each year they celebrate this day with different cultural programs, review the last year activities, choose the community leader and prepare the plan for the upcoming year. Tharu people are culturally very strong and committed to use, promote and preserve their language and culture. Our literacy program is very helpful to aware them why language is the matter to transfer their culture to the New Generation.

 LDC-Nepal's partner organisation Help Society Nepal organised Tharu New year and Maghi festival program in Dang. One of the program was held in Ghorahi and the other one was held in Tulsipur. Local community actively participated in the program and presented Tharu dance and songs from 50 groups as well as Indigenous Knowledge [IK] holders shared their ideas to preserve and promote Tharu language and culture. All together about 1000+ people were participated in both the events. Narulal Chaudary, Mayor of Ghorahi Sub Metropolitan City announced the formal decision "Tharu language is an additional official language in Ghorahi Metropolitan city from 15 January 2018." This result is our joint effort.

You might be surprised to know that the Tharu people, especially the women are culturally trained to use and preserve their language and tradition even though they were not getting the opportunity to have formal education. They are enthusiastic to develop their capacities and share ideas to have a quality life. Pabitra Chaudhary [former literacy class facilitator] said, "We would like to change our life situation using our language and culture in our education to enhance our skills but we need advanced literacy programs to standardise the Tharu language and develop our capacities. I hope the organisation will find financial resources to address our expectations."

I noticed that all people are talking about the right to good quality education and language issue. The following statement is very close to local people's expectations. "I believe schools need to have a shared vision and an overriding collaborative ethos where there is genuine respect for diversity and language is viewed as a right and a valuable resource. Only in this way will all language and cultures have equal rights to the curriculum." [Ethne Gallagher, Educational consultant - specialising in language acquisition and mother-tongue Support]

 We [LDC-Nepal] would like to address people's expectations to change the situation of their life through language, education and development activities even though our resources are limited. But we are committed that "Education [formal and non formal] must train our brain to develop a good system. It must be used in our daily life to develop skills, competencies and use our cultural diversities for prosperity.[P. Kadel, January 12, 2018]

We are grateful for your support. Thank you.

Tharu cultural dance in Tulsipur
Tharu cultural dance in Tulsipur
My picture in Tulsipur program
My picture in Tulsipur program
Local Media coverage about our program
Local Media coverage about our program
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Language Development Centre - Nepal

Location: Kathmandu - Nepal
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Pushker Kadel
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