Visioning Workshop for 69 School Stakeholders in Dolakha

ECCA conducted 3 days long ‘Visioning Workshop for School Stakeholders’ in two VDCs of Dolakha with an objective to bring school stakeholders together for sustainable development of schools. Continue reading

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Empowering Youths for Sustainable Development Practice

With reference to sustainable school improvement strategy, ECCA (Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness) conducted 3 days long Youth Training Program on Project Initiative from March 2- 4, 2016. The program was specially designed for the project; ‘Preparing School Stakeholders for Re-development and Improving Health and Sanitation of Schools’ (with funding partner action medeor e.V.) to be implemented in 4 schools of Jhule VDC in Dolakha. The program held a primary objective of introducing sustainability fundamentals as well as crucial issues on school environment, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and First-Aid. 20 enthusiastic individuals took part in the program.

People, process and perspective are three main points of visioning. I especially liked the idea of exploring state of mind through meditation and drawing. I found this approach much different and effective.”- Aruna Puri, ECCA counselor

I never knew this much about mechanism of school and its system. Over the three days, my thinking has changed.” – Bipin Karki, participant

Changes can be brought about by youths in the most efficient form. Our mission is to train young members of the society through experts then mobilize them to make significant changes in the community”, says Yogendra Chitrakar, Executive Director of ECCA.

Capable trainees will now be mobilized in Jhule for future programs.

Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) has been a leading organization in the sector of social mobilization and community development. ECCA works closely with youths and school children to encourage positive change and to develop innovative ideas so as to make a brighter and greener future for generations to come.

-Upama Tamla (Rai), Media Associate, ECCA

 

 

Uplifting Nature Clubs through Management Trainings

Southern Lalitpur is one of the core regions where ECCA Nepal has been working for past 2 decades to enhance quality education and school environment. The program comprises of involving students that make them participate and motivate into activities where the students can learn as well as contribute towards improvement of school. Various software program, nature club establishments and trainings, and other support are the activities of ECCA to promote students in quality education and behavioral change.

As such of a regular program, a two days training program was organized for nature club members from Feb 1- Feb 13, 2016. The program, which was supported by Wilkins Memorial Trust, welcomed 25 participants from each nature clubs of 9 different schools. The prime objective of this program was to develop different life skills and responsibility handling skills  among nature club members for conducting effective and sustainable programs. Participants were from:

  1. Shree Bag Bhairab Higher Secondary School -Kaleshwor
  2. Shree Magar Gaun Higher Secondary School -Sankhu
  3. Shree Goth Bhanjyang H.S.S-Dalchoki
  4. Shree Bag Bhairab Secondary School-Chaughare
  5. Shree Gyanodaya L.S.S-Chaughare
  6. Shree Kalidevi H.S.S-Malta
  7. Shree Bhidyadeshori H.S.S-Asrang
  8. Shree Janajagriti H.S.S- Ikudol
  9. Shree Mahakalidevi H.S.S-Bhattedanda
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ECCA counselor Ms. Malati Khatri during Life Skill session

To conduct the two days training camp in each school, the group was divided into two teams who mobilized around the targeted schools. The training camp content comprised of strengthening of nature club, promotion of nature club activities, importance of greenery management and herbal garden, life skill activities, WASH session and activities, GLOBE activities (atmosphere observation and data collection) and alternative energy usage sessions like IAS (Improved Animal Shed), ICS (Improved Cooking Stove).

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ECCA counselor Mr. Shambhu Maharjan(with glasses) conducts ‘Trust Fall’; a life skill activity

“The training helped to erase our confusions regarding club management and organizing effective and needed programs. I am now more capable of handling my responsibility as the secretary of my club”, said one of the participants.

 

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Nature Club members prepare their annual plan during the training

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Students proceed to cloud reading after the orientation, Shree Goth Bhanjyang H.S.S. , Dalchoki

During the training, students were able to make their annual plan for nature club and also get ideas for selecting types of programs. This will now help them to enhance their club activities and promote their role in well managed and sustainable school improvement. Students were especially interested in knowing more activities involving GLOBE protocol

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ECCA counselors with the trainees, Shree Bag Bhairav Secondary School, Chaughare 

ECCA can conduct further more programs with specialization on hygiene and green environment, as there are still not enough sanitary facilities and green environment on school.

-Malati Khatri, ECCA Counselor

ECCA Nepal signs 3 years Project Agreements with DDC, DEO in Eastern Nepal

‘Supporting Youth for Making Child and Environmentally Friendly Schools in Nepal’ is a student oriented co-project of ECCA (Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness) and Taksvärkki ry with an objective of establishing pleasant and efficient learning environment for students of rural Nepal. The project will be implemented in 15 government schools of three districts- Jhapa, Morang and Dhankuta along with youth exchange programme in 2 schools of Lalitpur.

During first week of February 2016, ECCA signed project agreements with district government officials with an aim to bring them together with other school stakeholders. Besides comprehensive discussions on work plan and agreement signing, ECCA visited School Management Committee, Parents Teacher Association and Nature Clubs of each project schools in all three districts for sharing of drafted school improvement plans prepared by school stakeholders themselves during training camp conducted in November.

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Meeting with Child Club, PTA and SMC at Shree Sagma Secondary School, Dhankuta

“We aim to bring around maximum involvement of each school stakeholder for effective and sustainable outcome from this project”, said Rabindra Khatri, ECCA program officer during the agreement discussion. “From providing regular trainings for nature clubs to supporting schools for WASH infrastructures, we are ready to help in every possible way. But for that, we need co-operation and initiation from young students as well as school representatives”, he added.

“Most of the schools residing in extreme hilly and rural area like ours lie far from interest of people mainly because reaching here is a difficult job. It takes hours to reach schools and even if someone agrees to help, simply transporting materials for infrastructure development or manpower takes double or triple of time, effort and expenses”, shared headmaster of one of the schools in Letang, Morang. “We have been trying to make our schools better for education. Thank you for reaching out to help us. This brings a new beginning for everyone of us here.”

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“I wish we had a better place to safely keep our books and… more books to study!”- Susma, class 9, Dhankuta

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School visit at Jhapa by ECCA along with District Program Officer of Jhapa Mr. Him Raj Sedai (second from left)

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-Upama Tamla (Rai), Media Associate, ECCA

Nature Clubs collaborate for Door To Door WATASOL Programme in Nepal

How do you confirm that the water you are drinking is safe? What measures do you use to make it germ-free?

“We discovered that chlorinating water could be an easy and effective method to disinfect water. As responsible youths, we felt it was important to make people of our community aware about it”, shared Roshan Dhakal member of Tapeswor Nature Club of Shree Tapeswor Higher Secondary School. Ever since ECCA (Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness) provided training on WATASOL/chlorine solution and also provided WATA devices( with action medeor e.V.‘s support) for its production, the club has been trying to make efforts for creating awareness programmes like this.

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ECCA counselor Aruna Puri advises nature club members on how to approach members of community

Along with Tapeswor Nature Club, nature club of neighbouring school Shree Brahamayani Secondary School also had taken part in the training. Foreseeing a common objective both the nature clubs had therefore collaboratively conducted door to door program on January 25, 2016 where they shared the role of WATASOL in making drinking water safe.  There were 50 participants, 25 from each club in the programme.

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Nature clubs talk with an elderly man about WATASOL

“The earthquake had made the issue of drinking water even more vulnerable few months ago. We all need to be more conscious all the time about the quality of water that we drink. WATASOL being an effective and affordable water disinfectant technique can be used by everyone. Thank you ECCA for introducing it to us”, said Dhakal after the door to door programme. According to him, the people of community showed sheer interest in WATASOL and positively responded to their approach.

[ECCA thanks all donors/supporters for their help in ECCA’s mission of providing ‘Safe Water For Healthy Nepal’. Help ECCA’s initiation by contributing through our Global Giving website.]

-Upama Tamla Rai, ECCA

Earth Bag Retaining Wall in Binayak Bal School

11 m high slope in the school premise of Binayak Bal Lower Secondary School, Badal Gaun, Kavre was a huge risk for landslide along with being a reason for frequent accidents. Especially during monsoon season, the risk of landslide used to maximize threatening the safety of students. But that is about to change. If a preventive measure can be adopted why not take an action for it? The risky geographical landmark is now being changed into a product of bioengineering that is both quick, reliable and offers a bigger range of safety for students. The wall construction is being constructed by ECCA(Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness) with the support of GNHA e.V. (German Nepalese Help Association).

 

Instead of using concrete cements, bricks and regular construction materials, earth bags are made with fillings of available inorganic materials basically soil and then sealed with Aluminium or plastic thread. After developing a foundation with a layering of aggregates, the earth bags are laid consequently in a pattern similar to bricklaying. All the bags are compacted well. To provide frictional stability for layers of earth bags, use of Galvanized Iron barbed wires, buttresses and steel reinforcements is made at measured length interval. So overall the wall is a systematized stack of soil filled sacks with good stability.

The wall construction began on since Jan 4, 2016 and is already in 90% completion phase. “Not only is this kind of wall cost-effective and easy to built, it provides impressive retaining power”, said Raja Babu Dangol, engineer from ECCA while monitoring the construction site.

The wall along with assuring safety will act as a eco-friendly region in Binayak Bal Lower Secondary School. Possible forms of plantation(from bioengineering view) will be done in between each column of earth bags that will provide usefulness as well as more solidity for the wall.

-Upama Tamla Rai, ECCA

Redeveloping Gairibisauna and Jyamdi with action medeor e. V.

The devastating earthquake of 7.6 Richter that struck Nepal on 25th April and following 6.8 Richter scale on May 12th took lives of over 9000 people causing millions of property loss. Kavrepalanchowk became one of the most affected districts with an estimated 150,000 people – half of the population of Kavre – rendered homeless and more than 30,000 households destroyed or damaged in some way. Along with this, the district also faced huge destruction in its developing education sector. Almost all the students lost their uniforms and educational materials along with their homes during the earthquake. In case of schools, destruction of school buildings with every other infrastructures offered students little facility/security and almost minimum level of effectiveness in education after they reopened a month later. Continue reading

All for a better Education; Educational Support by ECCA for 47 schools

On January 24, 2016 ECCA (Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness) with Global Giving‘s support provided white boards, markers, magnetic dusters and inks as educational support to 47 schools of 9 Village Development Committees (Dalchoki, Ikudol, Asrang, Bhattedada, Malta, Chaughare, Kaleshwor, Sankhu and Gimde) of southern Lalitpur. The materials were handed over to representatives of each school by Senior Social Mobilization Officer of Lalitpur District Mr. Bisweswor Koirala and ECCA program officer Mr. Rabindra Khatri.

 The educational support is expected to provide more efficient and easy learning for more than 2400 students of these schools which are currently in their phase of reestablishing the school environment after being affected by the earthquake.

“We use blackboards for teaching and the chalk dust affects health of us teachers to a great extent. Now we won’t have to worry much”, said Bal Bahadur Lama principal of Kalidevi Primary School, Sankhu

ECCA thanks all donor/supporters for helping it to support students in rural Nepal. With the support of Global Giving, ECCA has already distributed copies, pencils, bags and other stationery materials as well as tracksuits, shoes and socks to students of various earthquake affected districts . Do you want to be a part of the contributors too? If so, visit our Global Giving website.

For regular updates regarding our programs and activities, visit our website, Facebook,  Twitter and YouTube Channel.

-Upama Tamla Rai, ECCA

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Senior Social Mobilization Officer of Lalitpur District Mr. Bisweswor Koirala(left) handing over educational materials to a school representative

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ECCA Program Officer Mr. Rabindra Khatri(left) handing over the educational materials to  a school representative

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