The CEEN has developed various short term and long term proposals waiting to be supported from philanthropic individuals and institutions, corporate houses, etc. All projects are geared towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The main projects waiting for funding are the following:
LEARNING FOR A CHANGE NEPAL.
The CEEN has brought together a number of non-government organisations from the UK and Nepal to collaborate on a program called “Learning for a Change Nepal”. School systems which year upon year transmit chunks of knowledge from teacher to student and measure performance using standardized tests are poorly equipped to support society in addressing 21st century problems. Climate Change, migration, poverty, chronic diseases, escalating levels of inequality and the effects of globalization on work and local economies – these are problems facing societies all around the world. Top down solutions are failing to address such problems and create a sense of dependency. Modern life requires people to carry a broader range of skills including the ability to collaborate, to think and act creatively, and to solve problems. Learning for a Change is designed to introduce a different educational model into rural schools in Nepal – a model which is increasingly recognized and supported by educationists in Nepal.
The approach is based on modern ideas about students participating and interacting more in the classroom, and the methods and practices of citizen science and youth activism. Students make enquiries into the underlying causes of problems facing the community then work in a joint endeavour with adults from inside and outside the community (people from different walks of life with different experiences and perspectives) to analyse the findings and then move on to make, find and build practical solutions. All the necessary agreements have been finalised for the launch of two projects involving eight secondary schools in eastern hilly and rural areas of Nepal.
Further two projects are in the early stages of planning. Location 1 Deusa and Waku, Solukhumbu, East Nepal. Local Partners are EcoHimal Nepal https://ecohimal.org.np, Deusa Agro Forestry Resource Centre, Centre for Environment Education Nepal, https://ceen.org.np, and UK Partner-The Glacier Trust. https://theglaciertrust.org.
The purpose is to demonstrate how community development programs designed by outside agencies can be made more effective and be sustained into the long term by the communities themselves, through the involvement of rural schools as co- collaborators in finding, creating and building practical solutions.
The project term is for 3 years with an estimated funding of £42,000
The Glacier Trust and local partner EcoHimal Nepal have assisted the community to build an Agro Forestry Resource Centre (AFRC) in Solukhumbu. The Centre provides training and resources for farmers to adapt to Climate Change. However, high migration from rural to urban areas, partly fueled by an education that is urban biased, results in weakening of ties within the family, the village and to the land. In reality, employment opportunities away from the village are mostly low skilled and low paid.
The project will improve the quality and relevance of education at two government secondary schools by establishing strong links to the AFRC project. Young people will learn to investigate challenges facing their community, such as climate change, and acquire skills for problem-solving, group work and leadership. Learning and practicing these life skills can be more effective for building the capability of young people to develop their own and their community’s well-being and increase their resilience to the effects of climate change. As they become able to work alongside adults in the community to create and implement technologies and employment opportunities for a sustainable future, the community itself becomes better equipped to make development decisions more independently of outside aid.
The Learning for a Change program will ensure the AFRC flourishes long after outside support is withdrawn.
Location 2 The Rural Municipality of Panch Pokhari, Sindupalchok, with District Local Partners-Helambu Education and Livelihood Project (HELP) https://help-nepal.org/ Teach for Nepal (TFN)-https://teachfornepal.org/ Centre for Environment Education Nepal (CEEN) https://ceen.org.np/ and UK Partner Mondo Foundation-https://mondofoundation.org
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- School Environmental Education and Awareness Program in which CEEN volunteers are conducting EE/ESD awareness classes for senior students of schools . The main objective is to create environmental awareness among school/college going students for a positive environmental action. (Budget required: 100,000 a year). Presently, this project is being sponsored by Sunrise School, Bahisepati, Lalitpur, Smart Minds (a teachers training centre), Lalitpur and SCOPE Student Services in New Baneshor, Kathmandu. We hope to raise more funds to sustain and continue this project for a longer duration.
- Various Environmental Competitions among the school/college students for environmental awareness: Painting, Photography, short documentary on environment. (Budget required: NRs. 50-100,000) for each category.
- Act Now Mobile Exhibition: To promote environmental awareness among the decision makers, public, business community, consumers and youth, on Ways to Save the Planet through an exhibition called Act Now which will cover holistic/total picture of the environmental issues that the Earth is facing now with few easy practicable positive habits which can make a big difference in our environment. towards a changed lifestyle, based on three Rs – Reuse, Recycle and Reduced consumption of resources. Participation in such activities, even at an exhibition, is the first sign of concern and commitment towards doing something about one’s immediate environment. The visitors will declare in the visitors’ book to do something for the welfare of the environment. The message is that, for each of us, to ‘ACT NOW’, is not only crucial but also possible. The budget depends on the size of the project and the extent of geographical coverage.
- Teachers Training in close coordination with the local education officials. CEEN intends to conduct a two day reorientation on EE/ESD for teachers, once a month for thirty teachers in each program. This will help them to integrate the elements of EE/ESD into their teaching plan, to support the government’s objective of meeting SD goals. (Budget required: 30,000 for each workshop/training)-3,60,000 per annum for reorienting 360 teachers on EE/ESD.
- Green shop: The CEEN intends to start a fund raising campaign by making usable items for sale, with environmental messages. They can be caps, cups and mug s, school bags, pencils and pens, T-shirts, etc. The initial funding would leverage more finance through the sale helping the organization to become self sufficient in the long term. The budget ranges according to the varieties of items and the quality.