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 Book Launching by Bhajedra Lawati
Limbu Book Launching by Bhajedra Lawati

In June, I visited Limbu project to conduct a MLE awareness project launch the Limbu language book "Hinjapichhu" which means children in Limbu. The book is a collection of local folk stories and songs for children. Putting them in book means they can be shared wider community and literature transferred to the new generation.  This program was conducted in partnership with our Limbu partner NGO, Limbu Language Development Association (LiLDA).

Member of the Limbu community, primary schoolteachers, school management committees, NGO and District Education Office staff attended the MLE workshop and book launch.

Mrs. Bhawana Subba from LILDA joined me in running the workshop. As a result the 34 participants are more aware and committed to implementing mother tongue-based multilingual education.   Pert of the workshop was to teach the participants how to collect and edit oral literature from the Limbu community.

On the completion of the workshop the following comments were expressed: 

Parent Mrs. Asali Kumari Lawati:  "I want to see my children can speak, read and write in Limbu language as well they can able to use Nepali and English perfectly. I have no idea how it will work but as I heard mother tongue is key issue to provide quality education. I think parents are also need to be literate in mother tongue and Nepali language to support their children." 

Head teacher, Mr. Bhajendra Bahadur Lawati: "I want to tell all of you mother tongue must be used in education to provide quality education for all especially children from minority language speaking communities. My school will start to work and anticipating technical and management support from DEO and LDC-Nepal in future."

District Education Office Staff, Mr.Yegendra Khadka:  "I am very happy to see this kind of support from LiLDA and LDC-Nepal to introduce mother tongue in basic education. I would like to request you to assist us cover more schools. I will always ready to give my positive support to this programmes."

Looking ahead

Workshops like this help us to continue to understand the challenges for the community and local government to implement the use of mother tongue in basic education, these are: financial resources to meet their minimum requirements, developing a school-based curriculum, developing contextual teaching and learning materials and training teachers to use mother tongue as a medium of instruction.

Thank you for your continued support to this project. Please continue to check our website, http://www.ldcnepal.org/ for updates.

Limbu Women writing Limbu folk stories
Limbu Women writing Limbu folk stories
Limbu man sharing his stories
Limbu man sharing his stories
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Tharu Book Launch & Office Inaguration Program
Tharu Book Launch & Office Inaguration Program

Last week I visited our Tharu partner NGO and join them as they inaugurated their new office on land donated by the government.  During the inauguration we launched the Tharu language book "Bukribhanra" which means Pots and Pans in Tharu, The book is a collection of local stories and songs.   Putting them in book means they can be shared wider and not be forgotten.

Beside the hundreds of Tharu women and the NGO staff, the Dang Chief District Officer attended. What an honor for the NGO and reflects the high standing they have achieved with the local government officers as they serve the Tharu community.  

A few comments for the Tharu women and government officials

Mrs. Anita Giri:  Women Community Group leader "I am here due to support of this project. Before I always denied and afraid to talk and share my feelings, now I am able to but not able to share perfectly. Our voices are started to be heard.”

Mr. Ravilal Panta, Chief District Officer:  "I am very happy to see the progress and its strategies to serve marginalized communities especially Tharu women. I will always ready to give my positive support to your programmes."

Mr. Om Prakash Neaupane, Assistant. District Education Officer:  "The District Education Office is trying to introduce mother tongue-based multilingual education and this book "Bukribhanra" will be used as reference reading materials in primary schools."

Mrs. Shanta Chaudhary, former member of the Constitution Assembly which is was formed to create a new constitution for Nepal: "I am delighted with this project because this book will help the Tharu communities to recognized in other communities in Nepal as well in aboard."  The book was published in Tharu, Nepali and English.

Thank you for your continued support to this project. Please continue to check our website, http://www.ldcnepal.org/ for updates.

Office inagurate by Chief District Officer, Dang
Office inagurate by Chief District Officer, Dang
Book Launch by Asst. District Education Officer
Book Launch by Asst. District Education Officer
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Limbu Women writng Limbu Alphabet
Limbu Women writng Limbu Alphabet

We are delighted to share our progress reports. We are able to serve Limbu communities partnering with government and non-government organizations through literacy in Limbu, multilingual education in primary schools, training to weave Dhaka and Khesh cloth, awareness workshops on indigenous rights and language issues and planting citrus seedlings.

The Limbu project enabled 100 Limbu women to become literate in Limbu and train 15 Limbu women to weave Dhaka and Khesh cloth, which is then sold to provide additional income for the participants.  Thirty Limbu families planted 1000 Orange and Lemon seedlings for business purpose with the help of local Agriculture Service Centre. The Limbu Project staff is finalizing a Limbu folk stories and songs book.

Our local partner, Limbu Language Development Association was invited by the District Education Office, Panchthar to run literacy campaign for 829 illiterate participants in Ranigaun Village Development Committee however a lack of funding to ensure the program would be successful prevented them from taking up this offer.  

Thank you for your continued support to this project in Nepal. Please continue to check our website, http://www.ldcnepal.org/ for updates on our progress, and share the link with friends and family.

Limbu Literacy Class
Limbu Literacy Class
Dhaka Weaving Training
Dhaka Weaving Training
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Women are sharing their progress in group meeting
Women are sharing their progress in group meeting

We continue to be encouraged by the progress the women groups in the Tharu communities in Dang are making made through your contributions.

Highlights

All seven women led groups with about 250 members are active and working together to continue securing sustainable livelihoods for their families through breeding and selling small farm animals though the "Get-one-give-one" and other income generation programs.

As part of their contribution to celebrating International Mother Language Day in February one of the women groups inaugurated their Community Learning Centre (CLC). They led a community discussion with about 60 participants on the importance of children using their own language and cultural history in the classroom.

Challenges

After the celebration was over they took the staff to one side and pointed out that if the local school began to use there own language as well as Nepali in the local school they would need help from us to provide reading materials suitable for children in Tharu and the teachers would need additional training.

Thank you for your continued support to these Tharu communities in Nepal. Please continue to check our website, http://www.ldcnepal.org/ for updates on our progress, and share the link with friends and family.

Building a future: Sita taking care of her goats
Building a future: Sita taking care of her goats
Celebrating International Language Day at new CLC
Celebrating International Language Day at new CLC
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Limbu IK holder is sharing stories
Limbu IK holder is sharing stories

We are almost halfway there in our program to write down Limbu folk stories and songs before they are lost or forgotten. We have collected and written down 25 oral Limbu folk stories and songs from Limbu indigenous knowledge holders, they are reviewing the stories and an artist is working on the illustrations. As soon as the indigenous knowledge holders approve the written version our staff will translate them from Limbu into Nepali and English.

This will enable us to publish trilingual editions of the stories to be used in local primary school and with the participants of Limbu adult literacy classes. The books will help Limbu speaking school children and adult learners to read and write Limbu, Nepali and English and crucially preserve and transmit local knowledge and to new generations of Limbu speakers.

Thank you for your continued support to this project in Nepal. Please continue to check our website, http://www.ldcnepal.org/ for updates on our progress, and share the link with friends and family.

Limbu IK holder is sharing stories
Limbu IK holder is sharing stories
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Language Development Centre - Nepal

Location: Kathmandu - Nepal
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Language Development Centre - Nepal
Pushker Kadel
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Pushker Kadel
Kathmandu, Nepal

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