Living Heritage in Schools: UNESCO launches pilot project in Nepal
Education plays a key role in safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage ICH Experiences have shown that teaching core subjects such as mathematics science or literature by using students ICH backgrounds can make the learning process more relevant as it creates better connections between what is taught in classrooms and the childrens everyday life
Why girls matter: Working with radios to raise community awareness on girls’ education
Schools in Nepal have been closed since March 2020 to curtail the spread of the COVID19 pandemic putting an estimated 45 million girls at risk of not completing their education according to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics Experience tells us such crises lead to longlasting impacts on gender equality and education with irrevocable consequences on the most marginalised girls The risk of child labour genderbased violence early and forced marriage and early and unintended adolescent pregnancy may increase leading to many girls never returning to school To ensure that no one is left behind the UNESCOUNFPAUN Women Joint Programme in Nepal has started a community radio advocacy programme to facilitate conversations and increase awareness on girls education To most people in rural Nepal accessing information and services online is not easy Practical issues from electricity supply to data accessibility as well as limited digital skills make it challenging for Information and Communication Technology or ICTbased services to be readily accessible As a result radio still remains the most popular medium of information where people easily tune in either through conventional radio sets or radio applications on their mobile phones Through radio dramas Voxpop Voices of the people and interviews the show पढ्न देउ अघि बढ्न देउ Let us learn Let us grow identifies existing gender inequalities and harmful practices that perpetuate gender discrimination jeopardising girls access to and continuity of learning The radio drama revolves around Srijana a girl aged 18 whose parents wish to marry her off to relieve the burden on the family due to the pandemic The radio show is being broadcasted for three months across 26 community radio stations in five districts of Nepal including Province 2 and Sudur Paschim Far West Province These two provinces are home to some of the most marginalised communities of Nepal where discriminatory cultural practices like Chhaupadi a social practice of isolation during menstruation early marriage and dowry are still prevalent UNESCO is working with ACORAB an association of community radio broadcasters in Nepal to engage listeners in remote areas where access to online media remains a challenge The weekly show is accompanied by public service announcements and radio jingles discusse harmful social practices that hinder girls learning girls challenges during the pandemic and advocate for girls safe return to the classroom when schools reopen All episodes are live broadcasted through UNESCO Kathmandus Facebook page every Saturday morning from 630 to 700 and on Wednesdays in the local languages spoken in each of the five targeted districts The programme was first launched on the occasion of International Day of the Girl last year during an event Speak Up and Lead It brought together over 50 adolescent girls who led the radio shows with local government representatives Maya Kunwar Deputy Chief of Chaurpati Rural Municipality of Achham district stated that the discussions she had with girls during the launch event Speak Up and Lead allowed her to better understand the challenges that are specific to girls and how these affect their dropout and disruption in learning
Living heritage in schools: pilot implementation in Nepal brings a new beginning in innovative teaching and learning
Une trentaine de maçons dont vingt-cinq (25) jeunes maçons des sites de Djenné et de Bandiagara formés sur les techniques de l’architecture traditionnelle grâce à l’appui de l’UNESCO.