As part of our Taught, Not Trafficked campaign, the Girls Education Summit in Nepal was held by Childreach Nepal to improve support for girls’ education at all levels.
On 18th November 2016, we brought together key influencers from across Nepal to take action and forge paths towards keeping children, and especially girls, in school. The summit also gave 150 children an opportunity to outline their situation in their own communities, discussing their access to and quality of education, as well as the effect this has on their vulnerability to abuse and exploitation.
Featuring speakers and panelists from local schools, research centres, and NGOs, we discussed the following topics;
o Require schools to adopt a zero tolerance policy on discrimination with regard to girls’ rights to education
o Need for Child Protection Committees in every school
o More engagement of parents and communities in school
o Further empowerment of teachers
o Develop better links between public and private schools
o Need to adopt innovative measures towards keeping girls from dropping out of school
o Use of sports for engagement and awareness raising
o Involvement of boys in the campaign for gender equality
o Revision of curriculums to be gender sensitive
o Empowering children to take charge where appropriate
o Parents also need to understand the importance of an education for their children
o The government needs to be more proactive in ensuring children receive an education
o Civil society organisations need to work together to address these issues
Launch of new menstruation programme
Childreach Nepal also unveiled the pilot for their new programme ‘Chhori – An Empowering Journey Towards Womanhood’, known affectionately by our UK team as #ProjectPeriod.
Nisha Adhikari, actress and advocate for menstruation awareness, shared her personal experiences of menstruation – and how the support and understanding of her family allowed her to continue her education, and to even reach the summit of Everest in her adulthood whilst menstruating.
We recognised the need for this programme because up to 21% of girls miss classes every month as a result of their period. Women’s empowerment should start at an early age, and it is essential that families and communities are educated on the truths around menstruation so that girls can stay in school.
In response, we are launching a start up entrepreneurship opportunity in Shree Chilaune Secondary School, which will enable girls to produce biodegradable, low cost sanitary pads to sell to the community. We look forward to updating you on this in the near future.
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