During the 3rd National Conference of Children’s Clubs, ECCA set up a Knowledge Market Place, which allowed children from nature clubs around the country to present a proposal for improvement for their nature club or wider school community. Their proposals were presented to a panel of experts, who carefully selected six nature clubs to be awarded a generous prize of Rs. 25,000 to help implement their proposed projects.
One of the clubs nervously waiting to meet the judges was a group of girls from Kailashian Nature Club of Mount Kailash School in Kopan. They had spent a whole week preparing their presentation, which included an intricate scale model of their school to highlight the existing problems. They hoped to achieve funding for their school, which is currently built on a landslide. The school grounds are slowly slipping and this poses a danger for all the students, many of whom are from remote mountain villages and who therefore also board at the school.
Sanju K.C. from the Kitini Nature Club was also waiting to meet the judges. Her club’s proposal was to make her school environment cleaner and increase the amount of greenery with a plant-a-tree project, as part of the nature club’s environment protection awareness campaign. She also proposed to increase awareness of safe drinking water and knowledge of WATAsol, a water purification solution.
Sagar Tamang and Ishwori Tamang from the Harissiddhi Nature Club had also spent a lot time planning their proposal for a water tank to provide safe drinking water for their school, Shree Harisiddhi Higher Secondary School. “We have water to wash our hands, but not for drinking”, Ishwori explained. “One student brings drinking water from home and we all have to share”. Many of the other students had also proposed similar projects to make clean drinking water accessible in their schools, including the Pushpanjali and Lalit Kalyan nature clubs. Clean water is such a valued resource in Nepal, and the students from these clubs are well aware of what a huge difference it could make to their schools.
So many children had worked tirelessly on their nature club presentations, writing up formal proposals including objectives, work plan, budget and anticipated benefits. Many of the proposals were translated carefully into English and had diagrams and scale models to support their plans. Selected students also gave a stage presentation to an audience of their peers and experts, to explain further about their nature club activities and plans for the future.
After much deliberation the judges awarded the Rs. 25,000 prizes to the Kailashian Nature Club, Sayahatri Nature Club, Kitini Nature Club, Geeta Mata Nature Club, Lalit Kalyan Nature Club and the Pushpanjali Nature Club. There was also a special prize of a Rs. 25,000 equivalent WATA Device Award given to Kabishiromani Bal Club.
Many more of these nature clubs and schools could benefit so much from funding. For more information on how you can get involved and help these children have a better school environment, please visit our globalgiving pages : https://www.globalgiving.co.uk/donate/518/environmental-camps-for-conservation-awareness/