Visiting community learning centres: Inspiration from the Ground
“In order to improve, one must learn from each other”. With this motto in mind, the Shikharapur Community Learning Centre (CLC) located in Pharping organized recently a seven day exposure visit for 29 managers of other community learning centres from 23 of the 75 of Nepal’s districts. The initiative was funded by the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu.
During the week of 29 April, the CLC managers, including 15 women, visited model CLCs and model community based organizations in eight districts (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Dhading, Nawalparasi, Rupandehi, Palpa, Syangja, Kaski). The CLCs were selected based on the good practices that they have developed in various areas such as community participation, resources mobilization, income generating activities, integrated access, social and gender inclusion and literacy and post literacy programmes.
With technical support of the Non-Formal Education Centre (NFEC) and a team of resource persons, Sikharapur CLC completed the exposure visits with training modules, which aimed at building the capacity of CLC managers and inspiring them with innovative training modules in planning and managing CLCs, and designing and delivering non-formal education programmes. This included sharing thoughts and opinions among each other on how to empower CLCs with limited resources, promoting people’s participation in the community, and improving coordination between the CLC managers.
The CLC managers were also be given opportunity to reflect their learning experiences and presented their draft work plans for their own CLCs on the last day of their exposure visit.
The training was part of the project "Building Capacities for Strengthening Literacy and Lifelong Learning in Nepal" which UNESCO and the NFEC jointly implement within the framework of UNESCO’s initiative “Capacity Development for Education for All (CapEFA)”. The project aims at strengthening capacities of Government of Nepal in building effective information base and effective system to efficiently plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate non-formal ecuation, literacy, and lifelong learning programmes at local, district and the central level.
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