Knowledge Based

May 18, 2012

Environment Education

WCN always prioritizes environment education as one of its key strategic approach. Through Nepal Prakriti Pathshala (NPP - Nepal Nature Mobile School), WCN has been able to internalize the importance of conservation program and is recognized as a promoter of Environment and Conservation Awareness program in urban and rural areas. WCN conducts capacity building programs for teachers, builds linkages with other environmental organizations, carry out waste management activities in schools and installs different models on harvesting renewable energy demonstrating the need for climate change adaptation.

WCN has build ties with Department of Education,various District Education Offices and Resource centers to develop different self involving extracurricular activities addressing the important issues of nature conservation and responsible natural resource management.

For the past few years WCN has been working closely with Danish Forestry Extension on developing and testing innovative and mobile concept contributing to the urban as well as rural youth of Nepal's understanding the importance of conservation of the natural heritage of Nepal inside and outside protected areas and to promote natural resource management, influencing as well their families as local society in general.

NPP Activities

NPP has conducted outdoor environment eductaion programs with 300 schools and recruited 210 working volunteers. It has been travelling across the country in its  mobile schools giving on-the–spot and hands on education on environment and nature, in line with the existing curriculum in 14 districts of Nepal, namely Parsa, Nawalparasi, Makwanpur, Nuwakot, Kapilvastu, Kaski, Dolakha in addition to Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Kavrepalanchowk, Rasuwa and Jhapa.

NPP in 2013 initiated the establsihment of two zero waste centers in two schools of Kathamandu and lalitpur districts starting with a thorough waste audit supported by Ecocycle, an american NGO specializing on waste management . In addition NPP strengthend the established five models in five communities to carry out the principle of "child to home to community” to engage local communities. It focusses on community based solutions of environmental problems like waste management, household energy crises and addressing issues like climate change through installation of weather stations, tree plantations and water harvesting unit through the active involvement of its local youth volunteers and students. NPP celebrated Save the Frogs Day on 29th of April with thirty five students of six schools with different fun activities and about 100 young scientists with a symposium. As a continuation NPP volunteers also conducted a survey of small amphibians of Kathmandu Valley. NPP also celebrated World Environment Day on June 5 2013 with four hundred students.

NPP also conducted a policy level workshop on June 2013 with Danish Expert input. Present in the workshop were national conservation and education experts, high level policy makers of Education Ministry and Department of education and several ground level education officials from Chitwan, langtang and Kathmandu. The workshop stressed the importance of practical and outdoor based teaching practices in education system.

NPP is at the moment partnering with Curriculum Development Center of the Ministry of Education in Nepal to finalise and publish the National Framework of Local Curriculum. It is in progression of the two exemplary local curriculums NPP developed for the districts of Rasuwa ( in the mountains ) and Chitwan ( the plains) for grades 1 to 5 in Rasuwa district and for grades 4 and 5 in respectively in partnership with the two Resources Centers of Department of Education. It developed published and launched official textbooks to support these curriculums for grades 4 and 5 for both districts in collaboration with local teachers and officials which is being used by 2000 students in two districts.

In order to to build cohension among different orgnisation working in the field of sustainable use of the natural  resources, NPP organised a conference in which 102 young scientists and 15 organisations participated.The conference was an effort  to bring focus on the endless possibilities of solutions to Climate Change and motivate the upcoming scientists of our society not to be bogged down by incured by Climate Change but be inspired by shining examples of Nepali society of successful solution ventures. 

Nature and Wildlife Photography

Nature and Wildlife Photography has been a major part of WCN, for we believe photography can be a powerful advocacy tool for nature conservation. Photography reaches out to people of all ages and from all walks of life. WCN is trying to provide a platform for nature photographers to do justice to our natural heritage by capturing through pictures through their lenses so that its beauty or plight can reach out to people and bring them together to protect and conserve biodiversity. WCN has been organizing annual photography competition followed by exhibition, photography workshops in schools and colleges and for its in-house volunteers and this program has been particularly popular amongst the youth. Every year WCN organizes a nation wide annual Nature/Wildlife Photography Competition for Amateurs and now it has become a platform for nature and wildlife photographers to showcase their talents. Judged by a panel of prominent photographers of Nepal, the photographs are unveiled at an exhibition with an award ceremony. The winner walks off with wide range of prizes and equipments worth more than 100 thousand rupees. Every year the exhibition displaying the pictures of the competition- “Nature through Lens” attracts more than 2000 visitors. The national dailies have called it one of the most interesting exhibitions in the country. This is perhaps the only program that has been consistently promoting nature and wildlfie photography in Nepal. The last exhibitions have been inaugurated by then Ambassador Mr. Michel Jolivet, French Embassy to Nepal, Ambassador Mr. James F. Moriarty and Ms. Nancy Powell, American Embassy to Nepal, Japanese Ambassador to Nepal His Excellency Tatsuo Mizuno. 

 From 2013, to mark the beginning of its 10 years in photography, WCN is taking this program one step further by organising a biennial photography festival.  The main goal of the festival
• Create a conducive environment to develop awareness and interest in nature conservation among people of all backgrounds through the medium of photography
• Promote Nature and Wildlife Photography at national and international level
• Promote Amateur Nepali Photographers to hone their photographic skills through mentorships provided by professionals in the field of photography
• Promote fund generation for scholarship program for children living in and around National Parks in order to develop strewardship in nature conservation

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