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Lalitpur, Loo Niva Child Concern Group organized a project orientation program on "Accountable and Inclusive School Project" for the all stakeholders on 4th - 6th February 2018 in Bagmati Rural Municipality 6 & 7 and Mahankal Rural Municipality-6 (former VDC named Ashrang, Gimdee and Thuladurlung). There were 108 participants in the program including 61 male and 47 female. Participants were from school head teachers and teachers, school management committee, parent's teachers association, child club members, NGO representatives, ward office and other. The major objective of the program were to give the information about all programs plan for 2018 to all stakeholders and to collect the response and suggest and feedback from the stakeholders. The program was hosted by the social mobilisers namely: Samjhana, Manoj and Apsara in their related ward and Ward President Mr. Nawaraj Sanjel, Mr. Ramkrishna Acharya and Mr. Lal Bahadur Bhomjhan were chief guest in all wards. Mr. Chiree Kaji Dangol Senior Program Officer of Loo Niva, gave presented about Loo Niva and AISP 2018. Mr. Dangol dealt with the activities issues and expectations came from participants as well as clarified the doubts of the participants. Meanwhile Ward President as chief guests of the program expressed their real role for child protection and expresses the gratitude towards the Loo Niva to sensitize them on time in particular issues.

Lalitpur, 24th June 2017, Loo Niva conducted a one-day workshop on Personality development to the ESP (Education support Program)’s students who has already passed out from the school and studies on higher level. There were 61 participants on the programs including 23 males and 38 females. Loo Niva has been supporting children who are from economically back warded family, orphan and marginalized child since 2005 to uplift their educational status. Loo Niva organized different workshop like Career Counseling, Education Counseling yearly. This year Loo Niva also arranged the Personality Development workshop for ESP students. The Training was meaningful for them. The main theme of the training was we should never give up, always hope better, nothing is impossible if we try, never judge a person even if he/she is physically disable, have idea about the specialty in all of us, weakness should be changed into strength, Good things take time and how to be confident and tackle problem creatively. All of the participants said benefited lot from the training. On the occasion of the annual gathering program Loo Niva awarded 14 students who passed SEE (School Education Examination) this year and awarded one of the excellent students named Sarala GC from Shree Ganesh Secondary School from ESP Support Program by Nrs. 6000.00 (Six thousand Rs Only) by Mr. Sant Ram Dangol, Program Manager of Loo Niva. He concluded “ don’t choose your subject according to your marks that you obtain in your exam but choose your subject according to your interest.” with the participants.

Lalitpur, Annual Gathering and parents’ interaction program was conducted on 31st to 6th May. The program was conducted in five different schools. The schools were Bakhel Kumari Basic School, Ganesh Secondary School, Yuwa Prativa Secondary School, Adarsha Saula Yubak Higher Secondary School and Bajra Barahi Higher Secondary School. There were all together 189 participants including 99 students and 90 parents. All the children getting the education support from Loo Niva, staffs and volunteers actively participated in the program. All participated students prepared annual progress report, letter and greeting card for their individual sponsor persons. Educational material was distributed by Loo Niva Staff to all children. There was drama performance by the Child Club students of Khokana to raise awareness on the harmful effects of alcohol use targeted to the parents. There was also interaction with the parents about alcohol use and its effects to children psychologically. The Senior Program Officer Chiree Kaji Dangol and Program Officer Sabina Bhandari conducted the interaction program with parents about their roles, duty to their children and the good practices of the Loo Niva and things to be improve for upcoming days was discussed.

Loo Niva organized a National Policy Dialogue on Child Safety in School on 22nd Feb 2017 at Hotel Himalaya, Kupondole with wider participation of DEOs Lalitpur, Resource Persons, educationists, I/NGOs and Government sector working with children, education , journalists and Head teachers of the school from seven South Lalitpur VDCs where Child Safety study was done . The program was chaired by Shiva Prasad Uprety, Deputy Director of Department of Education. Milan Dharel, Child Rights activist moderated the session. The key presentations from three different agencies were done. The child perspective from the grassroots, the study report was presented by Loo Niva Executive Director Mr. Narendra Dangol; the Ministry of Education spokesperson, Dr. Hari Lamsal presented about the Nepal Government existing policy and practices in child safety; and Mr. Gauri Pradhan, Child Rights activist and International coordinator of Least Development Countries (LDCs) presented from child and human rights perspective with way forward. The other guest speakers included Tarak Dhital, Executive Director of Central Child Welfare Board and Lila Bashyal, Country Director of Finn Church Aid, Nepal. Later open floor discussion was held for interaction and dialogue from the participants for the key points to be noted and suggestions. The policy dialogue has bridged the voices to and fro from the community and the policy level for the child safety in School. Ministry Spokesperson highlighted there is enough good policy but need willingness to implement from all government, civil society, schools, community sectors together. He emphasized safety is not only about just physical safety but need to change our understanding and act upon the non-infrastructural safety more. He mentioned the small incidents response mechanism, more positive disciplinary approach, self-discipline in school and community will have large impact. The policy are scattered, contradict so needs integrated approach implementation in policy at different sectorial ministries. He further emphasized more interaction between child rights agencies, local government and education ministry. Also there need to strengthen School Management Committee for developing school level child safety policy. He raised hope that we are in right direction and need more fast pace action and way forward at central, district level and community. Mr. Gauri Pradhan said Child Rights has been established as Human Rights but still there are many problems. There are three challenges namely emergencies like natural disasters; behaviors towards children in school like corporal punishments, violence, discrimination bullying ; and unintentional injuries (90%) like road safety, drowning, burns, falls, poisoning and not just limited to school. We should reflect our own behaviors and misuse of authority. There needs creative practice for disciplining making realize children their duties like gardening, serving to juniors etc. It’s high time for joint efforts from all concerned to practice monitoring in these times of school reconstruction and policy implementation monitoring at different levels along with such policy dialogues. Mr. Narendra shared Loo Niva Child Safety Study on the children’s perspective on the safety situation in their community and schools conducted in post-earthquake situation in selected rural area of south Lalitpur. The study finds how children have perceived the safety issues and what their current practices for safety are. It shows the children view, children audit done by themselves. The 299 children directly participated in the study with participatory tools. The findings from South Lalitpur resonate with the remote hill children specifically and national problems related with all children in general. There is interesting finding of how and why the children feel safe and unsafe in the school premises and practices, community, and family. There raise huge question are the policies and laws implemented well? The study also explores the safety strategy suggested by the children themselves. They have followed their own strategy but are they good? For example, hiding information form teachers and parents, girls avoid drinking water to not go to toilet, avoiding school for risky and long road etc. The finding of the study is attached. The chairperson Mr. Upreti closed the program with remarks that child is of everyone and should be at the centre and no fragmentation in work. The resources put in common funds and should work together as in disaster response time. The small acts like Vulnerability Capacity Assessment (VCA), comprehensive school counseling model (currently piloting in two districts) need to be done by all schools and go long way in safety. The floor discussion and program suggested further steps to be taken: 1. Policy follow-up workshop with DCWB, ministries of children and women, education and health. 2. Campaign on Child safety issue in the upcoming local election. 3. National Child Safety Working Group among concerned stakeholders and agencies

Kathmandu, Ashad 30, Loo Niva Child Concern Group has been awarded by the Education creative award under the 12th Annual wai wai education awards organized by Ajako Awaz Media. This type of functions has been lunched since 11 years where the participants were from Schools, NGOS, Educational service, Educational watch Dogs. This program was organized under the chairmanship of chief guest the respected vice minister as well as women and child welfare minister Mr. Chandra Prakash Mainali and President of Ajako Awaz Media , Mr. Shyam Tandukar where the looniva Child Concern Group has been awarded among the number of NGOS working in the educational sector. Director of the Loo Niva Mr. Narendra Dangol received such an honorable prize from the Respected Vice Minister as well as Women child and community welfare Minister the Chandra Prakash Mainali.

Laltipur , In the initiation of six Loo Niva's interns of Bachelor in social work students organized a one day awareness program on ‘Use of Social Media by Youth Students and its effects’ on 17th February 2017, at Rudraynee Secondary School, Khokana Lalitpur. The interns Ms.Muna Dangol, Ms. Bijaya Dangol and Ms.Hasana Dangol informed grade eight and nine standard 27 students about social media, its positives and negatives impacts showing various cases, example and pictures. The overall management was handled by Mr. Yushan Dangol and Anup Maharjan.The main objective is to make students alert about the possible damages and harms that might cause from the improper use of social media and motivating them towards the right way of using social media in their daily lives. The interns collected feedback from the participants and vice principle of School Krishna Bhagat Maharjan. The Program Manager of Loo Niva Sant Ram Dangol concluded the program with short thank you notes to interns and students.

Loo Niva arranged an inter-school drawing competition at the Shree Rudraynee Secondary School in Khokana in co-operation with the Tohoku University in Japan. The competition was arranged on the International Children’s Day and the World’s Day against Child Abuse on the 19th of November. 20 students from nine different schools in the Lalitpur region participated in the competition. Before the actual competition, the children were given an orientation session by two facilitators about the different types of colours and techniques. The children drew about the theme “Child Abuse”. When the drawings were done, the facilitators selected the Top 5 pieces that will be sent to Japan for a drawing competition in year 2017.

Loo Niva arranged a four Day Life Skills Training for 18 Child Club members under the Education Governance Project (EGP). The training was held at the Leprosy Mission Nepal Anandapan Hospital on the 21st-24th of September. Through different games, practices and group tasks the children were able to learn about the importance of life skills on one’s well-being. The children were enthusiastic and motivated about the games and showed a lot of creativity by creating poems, songs and dances by themselves.