3rd National Conference of Children Club Press Release (April 14, 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.

The inauguration of the conference was done by the chief guest Mr. Yubaraj Bhusal, then Member Secretary of National Planning Commission on the first day of the conference on April 11, 2014 (Chaitra 28, 2070).  120 children club members, 35 adults (teachers and observers from NGO, INGO) from 18 districts participated in the Conference. Kirtipur Declaration-2070 was declared at the closing of the Conference.

Event Highlights

  • Kirtipur Declaration -2070
  • Children Club – Paper Presentation: 11 children clubs presented their success stories and achievements
  • Knowledge Market Place: 33 children clubs presented their proposal (out of which, 6 best were declared winners and were awarded cash prize of Rs. 25,000 each to implement the proposal)

o   Winners

    • Lalit Kalyan Nature Club, Lalit Kalyan School, Lalitpur
    • Sahayatri Club, Shree Primary School, Korak, Chitawan
    • Kailasian Club, Mount Kailash School, Bake, Kapan, Kathmandu
    • Puspanjali Club, Pushpanjali Secondary School
    • Kitni Nature Club, Kitni Higher Secondary School
    • Geeta Mata Nature Club, Shree Geeta Mata Higher Secondary School
    • Kabishiromani Bal Club, Shree Kabishiromani Secondary School, Jhapa (25 Thousand equivalent WATA Device Award)
  • 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

Organizer

Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA)

In Association with:

Antenna Technologies

Plan Nepal

Shanti Griha

WWF/The Generation Green Campaign

Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City

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