Empower Students to Learn Climate Change In Nepal

by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
Empower Students to Learn Climate Change In Nepal
Empower Students to Learn Climate Change In Nepal
Empower Students to Learn Climate Change In Nepal
Empower Students to Learn Climate Change In Nepal
Empower Students to Learn Climate Change In Nepal
Empower Students to Learn Climate Change In Nepal

ECCA initiated "Support-A-Child" Program in the year 2000. Experience has shown that enrollment and daily attendance of students increases and is maintained when learning is made interesting for them. ECCA aims to build up competency of students, by providing them opportunity to participate in different capacity development activities, including hands-on practical activities related with various environment parameters (so that students will be knowledgeable about their local environment).

Considering the linkage with other factors of education, now, we have integrated climate change learning into the "Support-A-Child: Help Child Go To School & Study program"   https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-a-child-nepal/

We thank you for your past support and look forward towards your continued support in the days ahead through the link 

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Unplanned urbanization and poor management of drinking water supply system has been affecting residents of Kathmandu valley since decades. With around 5 million population in the Kathmandu valley, authorities struggle for equitable water distribution during wet season from few of the existing water reservoirs, whereas residents face water shortage problem every dry season. Most importantly, safety of drinking water cannot be guaranteed even in the piped water system.

Relating to this issue, ECCA recently supported two students to conduct vulnerability assessment of  drinking water within the Kathmandu valley. Yash and Pratik are both students having an interest in environmental issues as well as climate learning. They took sample water from different two overhead water tanks and 20 user points and conducted E.coli test for each water sample. Water samples were directly taken from sources and had not gone through any water purification methods. According to them, the test showed that almost all the samples showed presence of E.coli bacteria. “This test has helped us to reason frequent outburst of water related illnesses in the Kathmandu valley”, they shared.

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Conducting E.coli test in ECCA lab

In addition to the test, they also conducted study on the chief causes behind water quality insecurity in the Kathmandu valley. The findings were presented in Asia-Pacific GLOBE Science Fair 2016 that took place from November 8 - 10, 2016 in Seoul, Korea. In fact, it will be shared in all possible platforms related to water & sanitation, so as to make the people aware about the need of using water purification methods.

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Yash and Pratik before presentation in Asia-Pacific GLOBE Science Fair 2016

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Pratik explaining visitors about their research design

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On 30th June, 2016, CREASION, a group of young and aspiring youths, organized a climate talk program in Wellness Organic Club, Kathmandu.  The objective of the program was to uncover climate change myths and inspire young minds to talk freely about debatable climate change issues. ECCA supported the program, in which more than 70 young people participated.

The event was started by Ms. Bhushita Vasistha, one of the board directors of Creasion. She gave brief description about CREASION, Debunking Myths and Climate Change. The program welcomed three speakers; Mr Prashant Singh, Founder and CEO of Himalayan Climate Initiative, Mr. Krishna Dev Hingaju, a young environmentalist and Mr. Sushank, a young speaker. Each speaker provided individual articulation of climate change as a myth and possible solutions. “Society, economy and environment have always been inter-related”, said Mr. Singh who emphasized on social and religious perspective, while Mr. Hingaju shared his personal experiences. Mr. Sushank explained climate change as a vital part of human existence. All speakers talked about the importance of conservative practices to be undertaken by the youths.

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Ms. Vasistha on stage talking about Climate Change

 IMG_1568 Young environmentalist Mr. Hingaju speaks about his experiences

The final stage of the event was the interaction between speakers and the audience. Youths came up with different debatable ideas on climate change, finally staging an interactive platform of discussion.

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A participant talks about his view on climate change issue

IMG_1591Speakers respond to questions during interaction session

“Nepal, a country so deeply submerged in the art of using strikes to enforce change needs to learn and accept that there are many more peaceful and less disruptive methods we can use to change the world and that we’ve been doing it all our lives – talking”, says Ms. Subekchhya, a member of Debunking Myths. “We also aim to inspire people to talk more sense and waste less time – to use facts to their advantage while also listening to good points made by any opposition.”

IMG_1600Assistant Country Coordinator of GLOBE Nepal Mr. Dipesh Gurung talks about mitigation measures

The event was well-appraised by the audience. Lastly, we thank all our donors and supporters for helping us empower students to learn climate change issues.

[To receive more updates about ECCA activites, please visit our Blog site,  Facebook,  Twitterwebsiteand YouTube Channel.] 

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On 20th May, 2016 a consultation meeting on Climate Learning was held at ECCA hall targeting teachers of various schools of Lalitpur district. The primary objective of this meeting was to make the participants familiar with global environmental issues and Climate Learning Project of ECCA, so that they can act as environment conservation stimulators for young students.

The program commenced by an introduction session and a presentation session that gave the participants idea about the Climate Change issues, the evolving global actions to combat it, and the Climate Learning concept. The session got interesting as participants voluntarily started to provide their feedback on practicability of the project. The need to explore and expand the knowledge of schools on practical / experimental basis, instead of a theoretical one, is very high in Nepal so as to bring them closer to improved thinking (which was a highly prioritized subject of the whole program).

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“I like the idea of teaching students based on scientific, technical and research practices, but the lack of scientific equipment can be very challenging”, said one of the teachers.

Many agreed with him. But we can play an important role to help students explore and develop a habit of acting towards environment conservation. It will enhance their creativity level as well.”

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The feedback provided by the participants definitely made the program meaningful. The willingness of the schools to adopt this scientific learning added more value to the output of this consultation workshop. It was very productive to share experimental learning phenomenon among the teachers and to know that similar interaction programs can greatly help every individual reflect on his / her role towards global issues. 

[For regular updates regarding our upcoming programs and activities, please visit our Blog site,  Facebook,  Twitterwebsite, and YouTube Channel.] 

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Southern Lalitpur is one of the core regions where ECCA Nepal has been working in the past two decades to enhance quality education and improve their school environment and the surroundings. ECCA established nature clubs in the local schools and has been providing them various trainings. The most recent training was on the topic - Climate Learning.

The ECCA counselors who had received training on GLOBE protocol were the trainers. The GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program  is an international environmental science and education program involving elementary and secondary school students in collecting data concerning their local environment and in sharing the data through the Internet.

The two-days trainings (held in February 2016) included theoretical and practical activities on GLOBE protocols. The training program included 25 participants from each nature club from the following schools:

  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

The trainers put forth elaborations on the GLOBE program and conducted discussions on various global environmental issues. Besides, in the training sessions, Nature Club activity plan and importance of greenery management, herbal garden and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) was also included.

The program proved to be an effective means of information sharing between youths and school students. “The participants were very curious about the functioning of GLOBE program and raised tons of questions”, said Reshav Shrestha, one of the ECCA trainer, “it was a tough yet satisfying experience for me.”

"If we are provided with equipments and have access to internet, I am sure we could be very active in obtaining data and sharing it via internet", said one of the participants at the end of the training session.


IMG_8465.JPGECCA Counselor during a session with the students

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Students looking at the Cloud Chart

 

IMG_8740ECCA counselor front right instructing students in the field 

IMG_8504Students proceed to cloud reading after the orientation, Shree Goth Bhanjyang H.S.S., Dalchoki

 

IMG_8743ECCA trainers with the participants, Shree Bag Bhairav Secondary School, Chaughare

[For regular updates regarding our programs and activities, please visit our Blog site,  Facebook,  Twitterwebsite, and YouTube Channel.]



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Location: Lalitpur, Bagmati - Nepal
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Prachet Kumar Shrestha
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Lalitpur, Bagmati Nepal

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