Non Formal HRE in Higher Secondary Schools proved as innovative activity in Nepal
Worldwide Nepalese Students Organization (WNSO) Nepal’s activities in the framework of Non-formal Human Right Education (HRE) approach among peer students at the Higher Secondary Schools and Disable School has been proved as an innovative program to promote the Human Right. The main themes of the activities were anti-discrimination and human rights education aiming to contribute to create a culture of peace and human rights for all and to enhance active participation through volunteering in schools and colleges. The program has been continued for 5 months at schools level in 2012 by the direct facilitation of Nepalese and European volunteers. The methodology of the HRE was in the framework of the non-formal education and peace education approach whereas experiential learning, cooperative learning, active participation, learning by doing were main components. Local stakeholders reported that the series HRE non formal activities strengthened the broad understanding of human rights and fundamental freedoms among students and helped to promotion of understanding, tolerance, gender equality and friendship among peers. The positive impact has observed in term of enrichment and diffusion of knowledge, skills and values of human rights issues and being aware about new aspects they were not before among the peers that increased competences to deliver HRE activities and new knowledge about human rights among students.
The beneficiaries of HRE clubs have been operating the HRE clubs by their self efforts and disseminating the knowledge and skills among other peer students. Continuation from the beneficiaries after phase out and extending in grass root level is the prime factor of sustainability and replication of program- concerned experts said. Solely focusing the young people and students at education institutions to disseminate and promote the value and knowledge of Human Right is quite relevant in the present context of Nepal. It’s relevancy is further high when Nepal has been facing different types of severe human rights violation at different segments of people life, for examples, freedom of expression, voices for social inclusion, women and child rights, gender based violence, civic roles and responsibilities for peace, unity, cultural of peace and respect etc. The program was implemented in collaboration with CEIPES and Youth in Action Program supported by European Commission. It is likely the first program in Nepal by its approach and volunteering model of HRE in non formal education framework at schools and college level.