Education
 Nepal
Project #7797

Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal

by Language Development Centre - Nepal
Limbu Literature Launch in Phidim
Limbu Literature Launch in Phidim

Yakthung Academy Nepal (YA-Nepal), a new partner NGO of Language Development Centre Nepal (LDC-Nepal) is agreed to work together to promote, preserve and develop Limbu language and culture through language, education and development activities. We were made commitment to prepare Limbu communities to use their heritage language and culture in basic education (formal and non-formal).

 YA-Nepal is regularly interacting with local communities, Limbu writers and journalists through meetings, workshops, trainings and community-based literacy activities to promote and develop Limbu language and standardise its writing system using both Sirijanga and Devanagari script. YA-Nepal organised following different events in last three months with 80 (Male: 60, Female: 20) participants in coordination with local government.

 Workshop on Limbu Language and Script issue: Local communities and Limbu writers are started to talk about scripts issues and its benefits. Malisa Yakthumba was presented paper Sirijanga Script and its uses to promote Limbu language and Lachhami Serma Papo presented his paper benefits of Devanagari script in basic education (Formal). It was effective interaction between Limbu speakers and writers why both scripts are important to preserve and promote Limbu language in future.

 Poem Competition in Limbu Language: YA-Nepal was organised Limbu language poem competition remembering late Limbu writer Puspa Thamsuhang for his contribution to develop and promote Limbu language in Nepal.

 Celebrated 312th Birth Anniversary of Teangsi Sirijanga: YA-Nepal organised a Limbu literature workshop to celebrate 312th birth anniversary of Teangsi Sirijanga. Teangsi Sirijanga was sacrificed his life for Limbu language.

 We believe that to promote a Limbu language as an instruction language in basic education and develop as an official language these kinds of activities are necessary to aware local communities to use their heritage language and culture in basic education and daily conversation in the communities. Language and education (Multilingual Education-MLE) program will be effectively implemented through regular advocacy.

 Achievements:

  • Limbu communities are more aware and active to promote their language and culture as well their linguistic human rights.
  • Developing positive attitudes among the Limbu speakers to use Limbu language at home with their children
  • Numbers of Limbu literatures are drafted and getting ready to publish as a reference reading materials for MLE activities.

 We were able to forward the message and convince the Limbu communities that, "The use of mother tongue in education is one of the best ways to save our languages, identity and provide a firm foundation for quality education." (P. Kadel, 2016) We have to continue our activities in coordination with different stakeholders and great helping hands.

 Challenge: We are facing difficulties to continue and expand our activities lack of financial resources but we are hopeful for good news and struggling to continue our activities with our limited resources.

 We are grateful for your support. Thank you.

 Pushker Kadel, LDC-Nepal Director

Limbu Literature Development Workshop in Phidim
Limbu Literature Development Workshop in Phidim
YA-Nepal team Photo in Phidim
YA-Nepal team Photo in Phidim
Workshop inauguration Photo
Workshop inauguration Photo
Participants in the training
Participants in the training

Help Society Nepal (HS-Nepal), partner NGO of Language Development Centre Nepal was organised one day trainings on Food and Socio-Cultural Rights of Tharu communities in November 2016. We are giving focus to aware minority communities especially women through trainings, workshops, language, education and community based- development activities.

 Tharu communities especially women are not able to involve in main stream development because they are not literate about their rights and facing many problems to maintain daily life because of socio-cultural-political discriminations. These discriminations link to conflict, human rights violations, underrepresentation and increase in poverty levels, lack of equal access to and quality education.  

 We are trying to change these situations and organized the Training on Food and Socio-Cultural Rights of Tharu Communities to twenty-two (Male: 5 Female: 17) community members in Dang. They were trained about food and socio-cultural rights and its relation to constitutional rights. This training was helped them to know constitutional provision about different rights and their roles and responsibilities.

 We believe that all participants are able to convey their learning and information in their community which will be changed the people's mind mind for their creative and positive involvement in the development. One female participant said, "We are poor and backward because we never get right information in right time, but this training helped us to know about constitutional provision about our rights." They added, this kind of training needs to be organised in community level to create awareness in the whole community people and their active participation.

 Key Issues: We would like to response community's expectation if we are able to generate more financial resources. We are trying to do best using our existing capacities and hopeful, we will have more financial resources to continue and expand our activities.

 We are grateful for your support. Thank you.

 Pushker Kadel, LDC-Nepal Director

Participants in the training
Participants in the training
SDGs Training activities and particiapnts
SDGs Training activities and particiapnts

Language Development Centre Nepal (LDC-Nepal) and Help Society Nepal (HS-Nepal) working together since 2008 to implement language, education and development activities. We are supporting Tharu and other minor communities in Dang to promote their heritage language and culture through multilingual education and micro community development activities.

Tharu communities are not given opportunities to participate in development processes because of socio-cultural-political discriminations. These discriminations link to conflict, human rights violations, underrepresentation and increase in poverty levels, lack of equal access to and quality education (formal and non-formal).   

We are committed to change these situations and organized the Training on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to fifteen (Male: 8 Female: 7) NGO staff and members in Dang. They were trained how to facilitate training in the communities to aware them about 17 SDGs and their roles and responsibilities.

All participants are hopeful that this kind of training in the communities will be changed the mind set of people for their positive contribution in the development. They said, “These ideas are very new for us. The training helped us understand next 15 years' development agendas." Pabitra Chaudhary said, “I spent about ten years in development field and now this training is helped me to realize the importance of development agendas and its challenges in my/our life.”

Key Concerns: We are facing difficulties to address community's minimum expectations or requirements because of funding issue. We are trying to connect with potential people and foundation to generate additional financial resources and supports for our projects.

 

We are grateful for your support. Thank you.

Pushker Kadel, LDC-Nepal Director

Female participants in the SDGs Training
Female participants in the SDGs Training
Field Exposure to know farmers
Field Exposure to know farmers' expectations
IK Holders Meeting at Phidim, Panchthar
IK Holders Meeting at Phidim, Panchthar

Language Development Centre Nepal (LDC-Nepal) is supporting Limbu communities in Panchthar to promote their heritage language and culture through multilingual education. & development activities. LDC-Nepal is assisting local primary schools to promote mother tongue education and adult literacy activities partnership with Limbu Language Development Association (LiLDA) and indigenous knowledge (IK) holders for the Limbu Communities. LDC-Nepal supports LiLDA to promote Limbu language & culture and its uses in basic education (formal and non formal).

You can find Limbu literature but these are not relevant to basic education especially for children as they are not contextual. We spent over four months in the Limbu communities to collect oral literature suitable for Limbu children. We able to collect fourteen different stories and edited them during workshops in Phidim.

Topics:

  1. Chhuchudro (a mouse) by Dhanhang Subba
  2. Dalsin Dhunga (a stone) by Lachhami Serma
  3. Gurans, Uttis ra Bans (local plants), Sesefung Serma
  4. Nawagi Puja Thalaniko Katha (Blessings) by Malisa Yakthunba
  5. Kummayek Devi (Tourist spot) by Nisumhang Nembang
  6. Chakchake Dahle Marinchha (Greedy man) by  Kedem Kumari Subba
  7. Dhobini Chari (One little bird) by Tank Chongbang
  8. Dhunge Unew ra Simal (Stone and a plant) by Rajendra Kumar Jabegu
  9. Gol Sima Chari (Wood pecker) by Sita Lawati
  10. Buddhiko Kamile Dukha Painchha (Depression) by Thamsung Yalembar
  11. Kurle Dhukur (Bird song), Shyam Suhang Chongbang
  12. Chhatu Chor Bandar (Clever Monkey) by Dilli Lingdam
  13. Buddhi nai Thulo (Wisdom) by Thamsung Puspa Subba
  14. Chara Sammelan (Bird meeting)  by Raj Kumar Aangdambe

All IK holders were very happy to share their oral literature to group for editing. They are hopeful, it will be published and children will benefit from their contribution. They said, “This is very new idea for them to collect the oral literature from the IK holders and edit in the group with illustrations. Bhawani Tawa (LDC-Nepal volunteer) said, “I spent about ten months meeting with Limbu IK holders and convincing them to share their oral literature. It is challenging job to choose the best stories for the children.”

We also distributed MLE Reference manual 'Multilingual Education in Nepal' and Trilingual (Limbu-Nepali-English) Limbu book to school in coordination with Panchthar District Education Office.

Key Concerns: Limbu communities and local schools continue to ask us for more support to them to enable them to use Limbu language in basic education, train the teacher how to use mother tongue as a medium of instruction at the beginning and in the transition to Nepali and English. We continue to try to generate additional resources to expand our activities with LiLDA.

We are grateful for your support. Thank you.

Bhawani Tawa handover the Limbu book to school
Bhawani Tawa handover the Limbu book to school
District Education officer handover the MLE manual
District Education officer handover the MLE manual
Kulbir Chaudhary addressing the event
Kulbir Chaudhary addressing the event

Background

Help Society Nepal (Tharu NGO) Dang celebrated International Mother Language Day Feb 21, 2016 in Hemantpur village.  The Language Development Centre Nepal provided financial and technical assistance to organize this event.  There were more than 30 participants - teachers, parents, Indigenous Knowledge holders, local government representatives, journalists and members from civil society organization. 

Objectives

  • Create awareness of local stakeholders about multilingual education
  • Develop a network among local stakeholders to promote multilingual education
  • Discover attitudes toward mother tongue as a language of instruction in basic education

Achievements

The event began with paper ‘Multilingual Education: Opportunities and Challenges’ (P. Kadel, 2016), introduced by civil society leader Mr. Kulbir Chaudhary. The interaction was started based on Mr. Chaudhary’s presentation.  Participants openly shared their ideas and concerns about language and education issues in Dang.

 Participants views about mother tongue in primary education and its benefits.

  • Mother tongue is important to develop learner’s cognitive power
  • Mother tongue education will help to provide quality education and socio-economic development of the society
  • Language is a key tool to gain knowledge and for effective communication
  • Mother tongue must be used as medium of instruction for all children
  • Our language needs to be preserved to preserve our culture
  • Language is important in science, skills and our view of life and must be used to inform the next generation through education
  • If we use children’s familiar language (mother tongue/home language) as medium instruction in basic education it will help them to understand what they taught, and enable them to become eager to learn new things and develop their self confidence
  • Our existing teachers do not have capacities to use English as medium of instruction

Concerns from the participants:

  • Mother tongue is killing by visitor languages
  • How will the government prepare or provide teachers who can use mother tongue as a medium of instruction?
  • Out-migration impacts the ability to promote mother tongue education
  • Local government education officials must have a positive attitude to multilingual education. 

Recommendations from participants:

  • The Government must prepare teacher to implement multilingual education  
  • The Education office needs to prepare good quality materials in mother tongue and training on how to use these materials in local schools
  • We must respect all languages and their role in development
  • Teachers must have capacities to use local languages in basic education
  • The Government should fully implement its policies and plans for multilingual education in basic education

Conclusion

The International Mother Language Day is an important day for all to advocate for the importance of multilingual education.  But … now is the time for action rather reaction to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism through language, education and development activities.

We are grateful for your support.

 

Thank you.

Pushker Kadel, LDC-Nepal Director 

Krishna Bahadur Dangi sharing- importance of MT
Krishna Bahadur Dangi sharing- importance of MT
Participants in the program
Participants in the program
 

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Language Development Centre - Nepal

Location: Kathmandu - Nepal
Website: http:/​/​ldcnepal.org
Project Leader:
Pushker Kadel
Kathmandu, Nepal
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