This winter KG organized a winter camp for government school students. There were 8 participants form Shanti Sikshya secondary school. The camp was 3 days long which included activities on Emotional Intelligence and Design For Change. Emotional Intelligence was a completely new topic for them. Everyone participated in the entire 3 days of winter camp with a lot of interest and enthusiasm. According to them, at first, they thought the camp will be boring with some teaching and writing activities. They had not expected this kind of session. After completing the camp everyone was happy to learn new things. Everyone shared how they were unaware of simple daily activities which could affect them as well as others. They found the sessions completely new, interesting, and fruitful.
“I will definitely be aware of what I am going to do and how I am talking to others. I find it really important to know how a small thing can affect others without the intention to hurt them” said Nishan Rai.
Many students from government schools are unable to buy a pair of shoe, which is not only injurious to them but they also feel embarrassed to go to school without shoes. Therefore KG in coordination with Mentor circle (a group of active teachers) identified 107 students in need from 8 different schools and successfully served them with school shoes.
Design for change framework helped the students to solve their problems at Shanti Sikshya Secondary School. After completing the FIDS session they have improved their learning . while doing this framework students had listed all problems that they have been facing in their school everyday. After it, they chose the important problems by voting. Once it is done, they imagined the various solutions and listed the plan to solve it . Finally they solved their problems with the help of design for change project.
Students of Kankeshwori Lower Secondary School have done design for change project, while doing this project students were very much excited. They had listed the problems that bothered them and list out the plan to solve it . when they solved it they were happy for their efforts.
For kids by kids program was designed by a group of mentors from 12 different schools. The program was successful held on 8th June at Kanya Mandir Secondary School, Chhetrapati. Around 400 students were present at the event. Students put all together 15 cultural acts and 12 Food stalls. The total revenue of the event was RS.26,000 which will be used in DFC projects led by students themselves.
Testimonial by Sarala Panta (Teacher, Kanya Mandir School):
I have never experienced an event like this before where teachers and students from different school come together at a common place and work together in a non competitive way.
Students of Shanti Sikshya Secondary School were happy in doing design for change project. With the help of this projects they were able to solve their problems in school. They have chosen the toilet cleanliness projects which is most import problem to them. Support of teacher, school admin and students were able to solve it with good effort.
Kehi Garoun has been working for the last ten years towards self-empowerment. Yet, somehow we are seen as yet another charity organization, adding to the very culture of dependence that we are trying to change. In our attempt to rethink our work, Nabin, Pravendra and Umanga attended a 3 day retreat on Reimaging Education in Ahmedabad, organized by movedbylove.org. The retreat was an experience of generosity, connection and learning. It was truly rewarding experience for our 'hands, hearts and heads.' Details of the retreat is here.
Inspired by our experience, we replicated a similar retreat for Kehi Garoun volunteers from January 27-29 to explore the potential of "inside-out change" - the social change that results from personal change. We did not have a rigid agenda, yet we had a prayer that each of us will get some clarity for oneself, and kindle heart-connections with others.
"EACH OF US GUARDS A GATE OF CHANGE,
THAT CAN BE UNLOCKED ONLY FROM THE INSIDE."
The retreat, thanks too all participants and volunteers, happened to emerge with a framework of how we can co-create possibilities of Inside-Out Change at the level of schools and colleges. There were many moments of inspiration and connections. Our first evening was rainy and cold but was made peaceful and warm by the volunteers who sat around, in the distant glow of a heater, to share their stories of inner change. Saturday was a busy day of breakout sessions and prayers and laughter. Many of us left at the end of the day with a piece of an inner sun shine. Sunday morning, a small group took a long walk through the flower-fields to Ichangu temple before saying goodbye to the inspiring location of Whitefield Residential School.
We believe that the retreat was meaningful for each of the participants. For Kehi Garoun, the retreat was a collective articulation of the model of change it has been exploring. We were reminded of how joyful yet difficult is the journey of self-care, social-empathy and humility. And in that spirit, we share this email with you to highlight:
The experience was so inspiring that Kehi
Garoun held a similar retreat on inside-out
change as soon as their team got back to Nepal.
The retreat started with simple introduction of all the participants and the volunteers. All shared their moments of joy in education. There were break out sessions on compassion quotient. We visited Sewa Cafe, an experiment in giving, and listened to Nemo's songs.
Annex: Kehi Garoun team stayed for an extra day to visit some interesting works in education. Our visit to the Riverside International School led us to integrate their "design for change" curriculum into our own Dignity Circle program. and also the "i can " challenge for the schools. We also heard about their salient lessons from Gandhian education from the Registrar of Ganghi Vidyapith.
We moderate dialogues on public issues to enhance collaborations and introspection.
Individuals are nimble and capable to play an enhanced role in social change alongside the institutional and state agencies. Dialogues can help them identify how to collaborate with one another to be an effective change agency. Dignity Dialogue promotes these two values:
Many children in public schools and orphanages continue to be deprived of basic materials that support their educational needs. One such common need is the school uniform, that many poor families struggle to provide to their children. This becomes a glaring need in the extreme cold of the Kathmandu winter, when many children lack a sweater to wear to school. This not only affects the health of the children, but also affects their motivation to attend school.
In this shivering season, you can give warmth to the children by donating Rs 450 per sweater. All 100% of your donation will be used for the purchase of the sweaters.
Kehi Garoun has started a new program ‘Education venture’ with the vision of improving the educational system. We are looking to work with schools as a consultant or as a part of school management itself.
Our education vision is to inspire the education community through the merits of the culture of self-learning.
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Kehi Garoun is itself inspired by J. Krishnamurti, and proudly displayed J.K publications in the 19th Nepal International Book Fair at Bhrikutimandap, Exhibition hall, Kathmandu where more than 50 books and DVDs were displayed.
The book fair was held from 21st August to 29th August.
In 2011, we held 100+ events towards ‘responsible citizenship
+ accountable leadership’.
In 2012, we carry a voice that says ‘बाँच र बाँच्न देऊ’
June 2012: "बाँच र बाँच्न देऊ" - Kathmandu Cares For the Whole of Nepal
Challenge: Kathmandu is insensitive to plights of the rest of the nation; Only when Kathmandu suffers long bandhs do people here agitate.
Response: We learn to care about what's happening outside Nepal. We will support 'No-bandh' long as there is a bandh anywhere in Nepal.
What we do? Every Friday 6pm Thamel - Show that we care for that people all over Nepal are free. Stand for 15 minutes for Nepali everywhere.
May 2012: "बाँच र बाँच्न देऊ" - No to Ethnic Politics, No to Bandha
Challenge: Politician's ethnic-politics is turning neighbors-against-neighbors.
Response: Be Human - prove to yourself that your humanity is bigger than your ethnicity!
We may not change politicians but we can reassure the silent mass that not 'all' newars, limbus, tharus etc. want ethnic nationalism.Wiki - "An ethnic conflict or ethnic war is a conflict between ethnic groups often as a result of ethnic nationalism. They are of interest because of the apparent prevalence since the Cold War and because they frequently result in war crimes such as genocide."
What we do? Silent Rally - 10 am Thamel - Show that our silence is not your approval of ethnic-agenda.
Walk for "individual freedom and communal harmony", whichever ethnicity calls for bandh, people from same ethnicity come and rally against that. We can make this a citizen's habit.
2011: Responsible Citizens + Accountable Politics
Problem: Politicians have time and again pushed constitution deadline; we citizens seem to give them license to do just that. Unless we care for accountability, why would the politicians?
Response: We should become responsible citizens and contest better political alternatives.
What we did: We stood in silence for 15 minutes, promoting a simple message: "It is our responsibility as citizens to bring accountability from politicians." We did that over 100 times (daily for 3 months, and weekly for 3 months) at Durbar Marg. It was organized under the theme of मेरो देश, मेरै दायित्व! (Mero Des, Merai Dayitwa) in partnership with Nepal Unites.
Our response: Relief > Resume > Rebuild
Relief: In response to the recent earthquakes to hit Nepal, volunteers have provided health-relief packages to those in need. As of May 18th, KG Nepal distributed health packages, tailored to women and children, to over 10,000 families in over 40 locations.
Resume: After earthquakes, it is natural to help out in "Relief". Yet, we all hope, "Rebuild" will start at some point. KG Nepal intends to focus on 'Resume' so that we do not get stuck on Relief-aid economy.
Rebuild: A team of engineers and architects were arranged to inspect the schools to see which ones need to be rebuilt.
The “Resuming Schools, Resuming Lives” program focused on the 25 schools in its network with the objective to start the classes as soon as possible.
Do you recall when as a child you were excited by new notebooks, a sleek pencil or a fancy eraser? It was an excitement for the ones whose parents could afford them all but there are still children using loose papers, blunt pencils and erasers rubbed to grains.
This is the glaring reason behind most of the students in government schools lagging in studies. To avoid the embarrassment in class when teachers would ask for notebooks, to ignite the interest in students and motivate them to learn and to avoid putting pressure on their cash-strapped parents; since 2011, Kehi Garoun has been distributing stationery to government schools in Kathmandu.
After earthquakes, it is natural to help out in "Relief". In response to the recent earthquakes to hit Nepal, volunteers have provided health-relief packages to those in need. As of May 18th, KGNepal distributed health packages, tailored to women and children, to over 10,000 families in over 40 locations.
Yet, we all hope, "Rebuild" will start at some point. KGNepal intends to focus on 'Resume' that will connect the Relief phase to the Rebuild phase.
KGNepal's plan is to go from move past quick Relief to focus on Resume so that the long term Rebuild may commence. Or else, we may be stuck in an aid-dependent economy that displaces market economy (as was the case in Haiti after earthquake).
KgNepal's founder Umanga Pandey shares his opinion on how people from different walks of life can help:
Resume Schools - Resume Lives: Our focus is to resume the network of 25 government schools that KG has been working with for the last 4-9 years. The families of the students are from the poorest strata in society, and therefore most vulnerable to earthquakes as they live in cheap, structurally weak homes. They are also stand the most to lose by loss of daily wages when they have to stay back to take care of children. As a child starts to resume their school, her parents can resume work, and the life in the community starts to pick up. Our message is that we should not wait in fear of another earthquake, or in the hope of another relief-truck, but start picking up the pieces of our lives, now.
INSIGHT - Discovering Clarity, a program running under KG organized a Guidance Counseling session to the SLC appeared students. Various leading newspapers such as The Himalayan Times, Karobar, Arthik Dainik etc. talked about the event.
“Teaching effectively” is a Teachers' Workshop on Learner-Centric-Education. The Principal of John Dewey HS School is the facilitator and designer of the workshop. The workshop is held at Kanya Mandir H.S School for 2 and half hours every Sunday from 16th Nov- 7th Dec 2014. The training redefines the responsibilities of a teacher to promote student-centered teaching. 26 teachers from secondary level of Government Schools are paying to attend this program. Click for pictures
The participated schools and teachers were as follows:
Most of the students from government schools belong to marginalized section of our society who lack the socioeconomic resources to access health care. Hence, Jasmine Basnet Tuladhar volunteered to organize a dental camp to provide knowledge and services of dental health. Shradha Shakya from KG coordinated this event.
Oral Hygiene Report:
We understand each person has his or her own ideas and skills. That is why we look forward to communicating with you one-on-one after you submit your interest.
Are you interested in Volunteering for the Giving Program? We need volunteers to edit profiles and rate the students needs. You can do this on your own schedule, and even remotely. In additional, you may be asked, based on your location, to deliver Gifts.
In our blog, you can read updates of activities conducted by our enabling team.