In 1994, a group of young school going students started the Children‘s Reading room with CWIN‘s support in Khokana, Lalitpur. Since then, Loo Niva has come a long way and emerged as a social organization in promoting child rights and youth development in Nepal. It was formally registered in 1997 as a non - governmental social organization (DAO Lalitpur registration no. 038/54, SWC affiliation no.9686/057 and PAN 3001800141) to ensure the best interest of children and their holistic development.
It works with the community at the grassroots level towards preventing exploitation and marginalization of underprivileged children. Loo Niva advocates for right to quality education of each child both boys and girls. It has been working with public schools with an active participation of parents and children. Foremost, it aims to build an optimal and healthy society for children and youths.
Loo Niva is an advocate organization on the right of children and it believes in conducting various programmes for children, youths and community development through a systematic process of empowerment and awareness.
Loo Niva promotes community participation in every work carried for their empowerment and benefits. With the norms of respecting inclusiveness, equitable justice and human rights, Loo Niva believes in strengths of children and youths by utilizing the minimum resources. Loo Niva has for betterment of children and their society through quality and relevant education. Since the beginning Loo Niva has been running local and district level educational interventions. Recently, Loo Niva has been advocating for the overall quality improvement of school education with appropriate knowledge, skills and attitude in a democratic and child friendly environment. It empowers parents as owner of school including formulation, implementation and evaluation of school improvement plan (SIP) and annual school calendar.
Nepal‘s education system can‘t offer child friendly school environment to all as half of public schools and teachers lack adequate teaching learning methods and infrastructure resulting children dropping out of schools. Overall Loo Niva aims to strengthen teacher‘s role in their community and inside the education system, form learning network among teachers, promote child‘s rights and participation in schools and sensitize stakeholders to take responsible role for implementation.
Loo Niva targets to empower and strengthen children/youths and their family as rights holders and community people and institutions as well as state structures and mechanism as duty bearers on child rights issues as enriched in the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and also the new Constitution of Nepal 2015 (Article 39).
Starting from Khokana VDC of Lalitpur, Loo Niva currently works with 38 public schools in 12 VDCs of Lalitpur, 2 public schools in Kathmandu and 24 public schools in four VDCs of Dadeldhura. Loo Niva applies the following strategies on its each project intervention.
- Empower children, youth and their communities to claim/reclaim their right to basic services including meaningful and quality education;
- Strengthen adult institutions and state agencies and its mechanism to be more accountable and responsive on efficient and effective service delivery;
- Build networks and alliances to bring synergy and collective voices of the voiceless;
- Advocate for child friendly and child centric attitude, behavior and policies and its implementation from family, society and state levels; and
- Capacitate Loo Niva and its mechanism on rights based result oriented participatory planning, implementation and monitoring system for social transformation.
Loo Niva promotes economic and social justice, human rights and democracy, human dignity and gender equality, peace and non-violence, creativity and innovation, and, cultural diversity and equitable development as its core values for excellence in the society.
Loo Niva respects unity in diversity with equal opportunity for marginalized section and group of the society. It targets to the disadvantaged segment of population especially children, women and senior citizens. Loo Niva incorporates views of rights holders in its internal operation and project interventions. It has nine members‘ executive committee elected in every two years from its general members. Loo Niva has a pool of human resources with multiple ethnicity and diversified knowledge, skills and experiences. Currently it has 40 general members and 25 staff with NPR 20 million budget each year to reach 5,000 children and 10,000 community people.
"A prosperous Nepal where every child and youth enjoys her/his rights in a safe, supportive and enabling environment and culture”
“Enable each child and youth to better health, education, protection and participation towards a dignified life and livelihood in an inclusive, healthy and democratic society”
Goals and Objectives
Loo Niva facilitates to increase voices and choices of rights holders (mainly young people, girls and disadvantaged peoples and communities) to government basic services and entitlements including their meaningful participation in local institutions and structures (decision making bodies). Loo Niva will strives to achieve the following objectives:
- Increase access of rights holders to government entitlements and service provisions including improving access to and quality of services in education, health and social sectors.
- Increase participation and representation of rights holders as meaningful decision makers at local institutions and government mechanism in education, health and local development.
- Activate and strengthen rights-holders‘ capacity and associations/networks to enable them to claim their rights at local to national levels
- Improve documentation and institutionalization of learning and good practices for policy advocacy, replication/scaling up and public awareness.