3rd National Conference of Children Club Press Release (April 11, 2014)

Background

ECCA, established 27 years ago in the year 1987, pioneered the concept of children’s nature clubs in Nepal in 1992. Since then, many organizations have been actively working with students through children’s clubs in different issues such as environmental conservation, sustainable development, health & sanitation, children’s rights and more. Children’s clubs are independent and voluntary groups within the schools, aiming to promote active participation of students in different learning processes. In spite of the recent introduction of the “One School – One Child Club” policy of the Government of Nepal, the importance of children’s clubs and the role of children as the agents of change, is often neglected. Success stories and examples are not shared, therefore, the dissemination of information remains incomplete and challenging.

With the aim to bring together children’s clubs formed by different organizations, ECCA organized the 3rd National Conference of Children’s Clubs in Nepal (April 11-13, 2014) (Chaitra 28-30, 2070) in Laboratory Higher Secondary School, Kirtipur, Kathmandu. ECCA organized first such conference in Jan 2000 and the second in Jan 2009.

Objectives:

  • To create a single platform for children’s clubs to share their knowledge and experience
  • To ensure the sustainability of the clubs through strengthening and self sufficiency
  • To expose children to various environmental and social issues such as climate change, children’s rights, child health, school environment, water and sanitation, etc.
  • To enhance children’s participation in community development

Participants:

  • 120 children club members (Grade 8-9) and 30 teachers from 65 schools from 18 districts
  • Observers from NGO, INGO

Event Highlights:

  • Children’s Club – Paper Presentation (related with success stories, achievements and case studies of respective clubs).
  • Knowledge Market Place (all participating clubs/schools will display their activities and proposal for future program. The best five concept/proposal will be awarded cash prize up to Rs. 25,000 to implement the proposal)
  • Thematic Session by Experts (on the topics Climate Change & Role of Children on its mitigation, Child Rights & School Environment Improvement, Life Skill, Child Friendly Local Governance)
  • Cultural program
  • Environmental games

Chief Guest Yubaraj Bhusal, Member Secretary, National Planning Commission, inaugurated the program. He stated that Government of Nepal has started the policy of establishing one child club in each school. He expressed that all should develop positive attitude in environment conservation, which will go a long way in enhancing the quality of life. He also emphasized on the importance of the 3Ds – Discipline, Determination and Dedication.

Welcoming the participants, Yogendra Chitrakar, Director of ECCA, briefed about the activities being conducted by ECCA. The inauguration function was chaired by Prachet Kumar Shrestha, Chairman of ECCA. He thanked all the supporting organizations, media partners and representatives, participating schools, students and teachers. On the occasion, Educationist Dr. Badri Dev Pandey, Coordinator of National College, Ukesh Raj Bhuju, Program Manager of European Commission Nepal, Ranjan Shrestha also expressed their views on the role of children’s conference in environmental conservation.

Organizer

ECCA Nepal, Wise Use House, Jwagal, Kupondol 10, Lalitpur, Phone: 5553870, 5550452

GPO Box: 9210 KTM Nepal, Email: ecca@mos.com.npURL: www.ecca.org.np

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