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CRC anniversary in Nepal: CWCN promotes round Table interaction with Stakeholders

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Meeting with different stakeholders in Kathmandu

On the auspicious occasion of the 26th Convention on the Rights of The Child (Universal Children’s Day) and 13th Anniversary of CWCN; CWCN organized a round table interaction event on 20th November, 2015 with government stakeholders, civil society representatives and national level NGO’s on a contemporary legal document provisions, procedure, its limitations and solutions. On a basic foundation of protecting ‘The Rights to Identity’, as rectified in CRC the discussion was targeted to find out the solutions, address policies difficulties and commitment from directly involved stakeholders. The discussion session was facilitated by Mr. Tarak Dhital-Executive Director of Central Child Welfare Board, Mr. Bhakta Bahadur Bista- Deputy Superintendent of Police Administration from National Center for Children at Risk, Mr. Khil Pd. Subedi-Department officer from Department of Civil Registration and Ms. Sheela Sapkota, a department officer from District Administration office. Event started with the sharing of Mr. Sanphasit Koompraphant statement on the International Child Right’s Day. Further CWCN presented difficult cases of children (as a metaphoric cases faced by majority of Children and Youths in Nepal) who were deprived of legal identity due to various reasons and complexities in process of government of Nepal. The whole discussion was focused on the challenges of identity and through discussion with every stakeholder’s on these difficulties faced by children and youths today solutions were derived and agreed to continue working with every stakeholders on the same to have a certain process flow to help every child to get their rights on identity.

 

VOC – Exposure Visit to CDK Members

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VOC – Children Exchange Greetings on Dashain Festival

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Children from Preparation Center performing in the program

Dashain is the biggest and the longest festival in Nepal. It is the most anticipated festival in Nepal and is celebrated for 15 days starting from “Ghatasthapana” to “Kojagrat Poornima”. It commemorates the triumph of good over evil.

On 13th October 2015 the children and staffs of VOC welcomed Dashain at the Preparation Centre (PC) in Lubhoo by organizing a program. It was the day of ‘Ghatasthapana’, which marks the beginning of the Dashain festival. Every year, VOC is organizing a picnic program on the day of ‘Gatasthapana’ to exchange greetings and to develop a strong relationship between the staffs and children and among themselves.

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Children flying kite in the program

The children welcomed Dashain amongst various activities at the Preparation Centre. The children performed dance, drama, sang songs, shared jokes, performed caricature of popular actors, flew kites etc during the event. Around 150 children from community (Family Development Program working area), Drop In Centre (DIC), PC and the reintegrated children participated in the fun event. The children anticipated for this day where they get a platform to show their talent, meet friends, receive gifts and have fun throughout the day. All the participating children received gifts as part of Dashain celebration. Apart from the gifts, the children also enjoyed the delicious lunch served at the end of the event.

CPCR launched Info-Graphic : a Media Tool for Child & Family Development Program

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CPCR continues to launch an info-graphic to general public via CPCR Thai website and CPCR Facebook Fanpage. This month, a set of info-graphic, ‘First Scanning – How to do a Risks Assessment in the Community’, has been presented. CPCR has created an awareness of child protection and child prevention program to the society by using the info-graphic since the beginning of the year. The info-graphic acknowledges people with easy-to-understand captions and pictures. CPCR wants this info-graphic to be used a teaching tool by many people such as teachers and community leaders.

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CPCR promotes seminar of Child and Family Development Program in Bangkok, Thailand

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CPCR continues to promote a child development program in local areas. September 3rd – 6th, CPCR works with Ministry of Social Development & Human Security and the Foundation of Promotion of Family Institution (FPFI) to conduct a seminar of ‘Child’s Behavior and Life’s Skills – the Development of Child, Family and Community’ for 160 participants – board of school managements, teacher leaders, student representatives and partners. The seminar aims to summarize the operation from 6 operational areas in Chiangrai, Chiangmai, Krabi, Songkhla, Khonkaen and Udonthani Provinces.

Bikalpa promotes International Day of Girl Child 2015

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On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This is in recognition by the United Nations of the fact that empowerment of and investment in girls is critical for economic growth, the achievement of millennium development goals, including the eradication of poverty and extreme poverty, as well as the meaningful participation of girls in decisions that affect them.  In 2012, the theme for the day was “My Life. My Right. End Child Marriages.”In 2013, the theme for the day was “Innovating for Girls’ Education.”In 2014, the theme for the day was “Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence.

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Girls are our future. This year, for the fourth annual International Day of the Girl, on 11 October, join global efforts to ensure a world free of discrimination for young women and girls.

This year’s theme focuses on adolescent girls and the Sustainable Development Goals, which set a range of international targets, including on gender equality, to be achieved by 2030. The theme is : The Power of the Adolescent Girl : Vision for 2030″.

As a particularly vulnerable demographic, adolescent girls face social, economic and political barriers. While they hold the potential to become leaders and affect change, their empowerment can be hindered by factors such as unwanted pregnancy, forced early marriage, gender-based violence and limited access to higher education and reproductive health services.

In numbers

  • Worldwide, more than 700 million women were married as children (below 18 years of age). More than one in three—or some 250 million—were married before 15. And child brides are often unable to effectively negotiate safe sex, leaving them vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy
  • Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence
  • In emergencies, adolescent girls are especially vulnerable to sexual violence, and in some cases, are abducted and exploited for sexual purposes by armed groups
  • Nearly half (44 per cent) of adolescent girls worldwide aged 15 to 19 think a husband or partner is justified in hitting or beating his wife or partner under certain circumstances.

Messages

  • In his statement to mark this year’s international day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes: “Our task now is to get to work on meeting the SDG targets and making good on our promises to give girls all the opportunities they deserve as they mature to adulthood by 2030.”
  • In her statement to mark this year’s international day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka notes: “Today is the Day when we focus our attention on the Girl Child, but it is not a day in isolation. It is part of a massive and relentless drive towards a world of equality: a Planet 50-50 by 2030.”

 

Bikalpa Nepal would therefore request everyone to commit themselves in reducing violence against adolescent girls and to recognise the tremendous strength and wisdom they have. 

Stella Tamang

Executive Director,

Bikalpa Gyan Tatha Bikas Kendra, Nepal

Bikalpa: 8th Asia Girl Child Peace Camp 2015 launched!

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Bikalpa’s Nepali girls camp 2014

At the present, different forms of violence has emerged and become the reason for rooted conflict around the world. With everyday news of warfare, murders, abductions, domestic, environmental and religious violence surfacing more than positive events, children suffer more and become ‘silent sufferers’ in these contexts. This violence exists in many different forms such as the street children, child prostitution, child soldier, child workers etc. Keeping this bitter truth in mind, the Children Peace Program of Bikalpa Gyan Tatha Bikas Kendra Nepal is organizing 8th Asia Girl Child Peace Camp in Kathmandu Nepal for girls only  to come together and share on peace and non- violence and become a collective  source to work towards Peace and community building.

The objectives of this camp are:

  1. To Nurture and Strengthen the Culture of Non-violence and Peace,
  2. To Share and exchange the wealth of one’s culture
  3. To offer hope by beginning to create, build & strengthen the Culture of Peace and Non-violence.
  4. To share and work together on social actions and community building.
  5. To Establish friendly and peaceful relationships among the girls in Asia
  6. To have loose and friendly network of Girl Child Peace Makers.

The camp will take place from December 7th till 11th 2015 at Bikalpa’s premises, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

All members of Everest Range are most welcomed to take part in this meeting!

For more information, please contact bikalpa.peacecamp@gmail.com

VSSS carries out Talent Search program 2015!

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Winners of Talent Search 2015

Talent Search is a dynamic and result-oriented program to identify core competencies and skills in children with a view to bringing about qualitative improvement. Talent search helps to identify and recognize students with high intellect and academic talent.

When VSSS launched the program for the first time it was confined to girls only since the objective of the year was to identify a suitable candidate for Girl Child peace Camp organized by Bikalpa Gyan Tatha Bikas Kendra Katmandu, Nepal. We were highly successful in the very first assignment we undertook. We could identify very prospective girls whom we followed up with special focus. Scholarships were awarded to the winners of the program. The second program was open to boys and girls and we could identify considerably good performers. As in the first case we followed them up and they had exhibited their efficiency in studies as well as extracurricular activities in the schools and thereafter in the colleges.

For 2015 around 20 children participated in this program with different challenges in many different components such as vocabulary Round, Numerical round, Writing Skills (Essay, Poem, Short Story, short drama), Team Building – Group Discussions, Group Activity, Event management… VSSS aims to keep promoting the talents of children in the forthcoming years!