National Office to Nepal

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Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritages
Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) or Living heritage is like a blueprint for human civilization. From the language, we communicate in, to the food we eat, traditional costumes, art, and music; we have inherited them from our ancestors, constantly being recreated in response to the changing environment. However, intergenerational transmission of living heritage is at risk or disrupted due to many reasons such as rapid urbanization, natural or manmade disaster, globalization, out-migration, and many more. Therefore, UNESCO recognizes the importance of educational responsibility as a key for future safeguarding of these heritages and has piloted approaches to integrate ICH components in education – formal and non-formal, emphasizing the community’s role at the heart of safeguarding initiatives. Recently pilot activities on integrating ICH in Community Learning Centers (CLCs)' programs and activities have been implemented in 15 selected CLCs from all the seven provinces of the country. On 4th July, the CLCs shared about their activities and lessons learned; and plans to work closely with the local ward offices and municipalities to continue ICH safeguarding efforts through CLCs' programs and activities. The CLCs are the local units providing non-formal education to out-of-school children, youth, and illiterate or semi-literate adults from socially disadvantaged rural and urban communities in Nepal. There are over 2,151 CLCs throughout Nepal that can play a crucial role in safeguarding living heritage at the community level by raising awareness and creating social cohesion and ownership of their heritages.
Engaging Youth for Social Cohesion - Training of Trainers
On 30 June 2022, UNESCO’s Kathmandu office together with UNESCO New Delhi, the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) and the section for Inclusion, Rights, and Dialogue from UNESCO Headquarters, organized a training opportunity for young peacebuilders, educators, and community and civil society leaders in Nepal. The session in Nepal was part of UNESCO’s regional ‘Engaging Youth for Social Cohesion’ series, and followed previous sessions in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Bhutan to train community leaders and peacebuilders on innovative ways to strengthen social cohesion, dialogue and resilience in their communities. The session gathered 75 participants from various parts of Nepal, including universities, community learning centers and indigenous grassroots organizations; and provided them with methodologies to help develop social and emotional skills and intercultural competencies (including empathy, respect and listening for understanding), especially among youth. The workshop introduced two UNESCO methodologies: Story Circles and scenario-based learning. Through the Story Circles activity, a methodology based on the indigenous tradition of sitting in a circle, the participants were provided with a space to share personal experiences and to empower them with skills to communicate  across differences. “It felt really nice to share our own stories and connect with others in a safe space without feeling judged.” – Workshop participant Then through an interactive scenario that touched on challenges to social cohesion, the community leaders practiced skills related to inclusive conflict prevention, resolution and transformation, through engaging in dialogue and negotiation among different interest groups. The young and civil society leaders will be supported after the series to take these approaches to their own communities and contexts. With access to a regional platform for knowledge sharing and a series of peer-support sessions, UNESCO will help the participants to engage over 1,000 youth in Nepal and help strengthen their socio-emotional resilience. For more information, please contact: Sabin Lamichhane (s.lamichhane@unesco.org) Euan Mackway-Jones or Maija Lyytinen (shs.ndl@unesco.org)

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The UNESCO Office in Kathmandu was established in 1998. Since then, the Office has grown into an established programme and advocacy agency in UNESCO's fields of competence, namely education, sciences, culture, communication and information, with the aim to contributing to building peace, alleviating poverty, and fostering sustainable development and intercultural dialogue.

UNESCO works to attain quality education for all, focusing on women empowerment and literacy, to rehabilitate cultural heritage after the earthquake, promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, to mobilize scientific knowledge, to promote press freedom, freedom of expression, media development and to advocate for the rights and safety of journalists.

To achieve these objectives, UNESCO actively participates in the work of the UN Country Team in Nepal and closely cooperates with other development partners in the country.

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Bringing education to hard-to-reach areas of Nepal