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Global Action Nepal

'Empowerment through self learning'

Global Action Nepal started in 1996 as a child sponsorship programme designed to help lift Nepali communities out of poverty. Since then it has refocused its operations to include youth development, teacher training, sanitation and child empowerment.

It was in keeping with this final theme that Global Action Nepal (GAN) first introduced a new learning ethos into 58 Nepali schools where it operates a children’s club. Run

primarily by children with assistance from teachers and GAN staff, they provide a forum for children to explore their talents, discuss community issues and develop life skills through activities including drama, competitions, and debating.

‘One of the strongest parts has been to get away from the formal approach to education, which is still very much what exists in Nepal, says co-founder Chris Sowton. ‘We’re seeing that kids can learn creativity and communication skills, and have fun at the same time.’

The Nepali children’s response to increased participation in learning has been encouraging. Street drama, written and directed by children as young as eight, has been performed throughout their communities. The majority of clubs have also produced newsletters.

‘The way the children have taken the projects on themselves has been one of the biggest strengths,’ says Sowton. The testimony of Sushila Khadka, an 11 year old Nepali child, underlines the significance of GAN’s work

: ‘They have given me lots of experience and knowledge, especially providing us with an opportunity to be aware of our rights and responsibilities.’

Chris Sowton
Country director (UK)

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