Play for Positive Change
The key objective of GAN's Khelaun Khelaun programme is "play for positive change". The programme works with 3,000 students in 37 schools in Lamjung district, which was significantly affected by the 2015 earthquakes. The programme trains the designated sports teachers at the participating scools, improves playing facilities, provides much-needed sports equipment, and promotes both non-competitive and competitive sports throughout the district.
Promoting the participation of girls in sport is a specific focus of Khelaun Khelaun since female participation in either formal or informal sport is very marginal in Nepal. All sports are conducted by boys and girls together, and all representative teams must have a 50/50 balance. Despite some initial reservations by children, parents and schools alike, girls and boys now play together well on the field, which in turn has also lead to grater grnder equity in the classroom and society in general.
With large flat spaces hard to find, it is not surprising that volleyball is one of the most popular sports in Nepal - it is also one of the main sports in the Khelaun Khelaun programme, along with the badminton. In 2017 we will be introducing handball to the programme.
Inter School League
One component of the programme is a competitive sports league between schools, whereby they play each other on a league basis, which culminates in a final in the district headquarters of Besisahar each May.
The pysical infrastructure of sports in government schools in Nepal is extremely poor. Not only do they lack basis equipment such as nets, poles, balls and rackets, the playing area is often dangerous and virtually unusable. GAN works with communities to improve these basic facilities in order to create an environment where sports can flourish.
Training and Upskilling
Gan works closely with teachers in the programme in terms of training and upskilling their sports knowledge and coaching ability. We are trying to create an atmosphere whereby all members of the school community are positive about sport.
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