Kathmandu(sept13), Apex College, Mid Baneshwor
SAMBHAWANA is a non-profit organization working for the empowerment of civic leadership and civic education in the country. Recently, it completed one of its biggest programs called ‘Civic School’ which was a 16 weeks program. Civic Schools is a new vision for civic education in which civic skills and understandings are integrated across the school curriculum and taught to the school students. This year 4 schools namely , Shree Bal Byabasahi Kendra Madhyamik Bidhyalaya, siphal ; Sudesha High School, Nakhu; Shine Model International School, Swayambhu; and Shree Tangal Higher Secondary School, Tangal participated in the program. Volunteers from Sambhawana went to those schools and trained students about the civic education and leadership. And after the end of 16 weeks different teams from those 4 schools did various group activities addressing civic issues in their community. The best 4 groups were selected to give presentation today at the program and were awarded at the end.
The program started from the welcome speech of the President of Sambhawana, Mr. Prakash Pyakurel. Miss Anita Thapa, the Director of the organization added more about the organization and the event. ” I was quite sad that my school never taught me civic affairs. I got to know the importance of civic education only when I fortunately participated in one of the fellowship programs at US when I grew up. But I didn’t want that to happen with other children of my country and I started the journey myself as a result of which we are here today with Civic School Celebration , a program from Sambhawana done in collaboration with Accountability Lab that was aimed at teaching civic knowledge to school students” Ms. Thapa said.
Mr. Anil Chitrakar , the chief guest for the event shared different stories and lessons regarding civic knowledge and youth engagement. Saying – Experience only shares old ideas but doesn’t give new possibilities, Mr. Chitrakar stated it is very necessary that children learn these things from their school days. Then only there will be possibility of positive changes. He also added, ‘only knowing is not enough. Once you have knowledge about civic issues, you need to act. One needs to value the knowledge they have. ‘
Similarly, Mr. Blair Glencorse, the Executive Director of Accountability Lab said, “This program is giving voice to talk about civic issues and education”. He further added, since one day today’s children will reach in decision making position, it is must for them to learn these things from now. “Our students don’t only understand rights now, they know their duties too” one of the principals of participating schools happily said.
The program ended with the note that there are lots of possibilities in youths and youths are the change maker themselves.