In order to ‘participate equally’ and ‘attain equitable results’ all children should have equitable access and participation in education and sports, leading to equitable attainments. This fact is more significant where children from disadvantaged and marginalised communities, remote geographical areas and culture have diverse learning and sport needs. Meeting the diverse learning needs poses a challenge unless handled properly with appropriate content and easy access.
The School Sector Development Plan (SSDP) aims to strengthen equity in the education sector, and through that within the Nepalese society, as ‘the reform will focus on girls and women and children from educationally deprived groups so that they will participate equally and attain equitable results’, thereby there is a need for developing a broader framework of equity and inclusion in the education and sports.
Supporting physical, mental and emotional health through play for positive change
Khelaun Khelaun aims to support physical, mental and emotional health through sports to bring positive change in youths and children.
Raise awareness and knowledge on learning through playing, among schools to implicate children social and emotional development. Increase access to inclusive participation and marginalized children in education.
Enabling children life skills and empowering teachers to support each other for their professional growth
Engaging children in life skills activities as policy advocacy and public speaking. Train public schools teacher of Lalitpur for child friendly teaching learning and promote collaborative learning approach through 'Teachers Mobile Clinic'.
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 greater gender 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.
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 physical 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.
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.