Along with the terrible physical toll taken by the recent earthquakes in Nepal, the disaster has also left deep scars on the psyches of survivors.
It was with their needs in mind that UNESCO and Nepal’s Non-Formal Education Center organized a psychosocial support programme to earthquake-affected people in Pharping, Kathmandu.
Thirty-one community members, including mothers and their children, attended the event, coming from the Village Development Centres of Setidevi, Sheshnarayan, Dakshinkali, Chhaimale and Talku Dudechaur.
The psychosocial support programme focused on creative expression therapy, relaxation and meditation, therapeutic games and individual and group counselling.
The initiative, which was supported by the Center for Policy Research and Consultancy (CPReC) and the National Institute of Psychology (NIP), took place in the Bottle House at Shikharapur Community Learning Centre (CLC).
The setting also gave organizers the opportunity to introduce parents and community members to the potential of CLCs in helping to fill the educational void left in the aftermath of the disasters and to re-engage children in the learning process.
Copies of the newly released book, "Education in Emergencies: Self-Learning Materials for NFE Learners”, were also distributed to community members through the CLC.
The initiative was seen as an initial step in strengthening resiliency among families and communities. UNESCO will continue to work closely with CLCs to assist in the early stages of recovery of affected communities, especially in regard to supporting children’s learning in the post disaster context.
"Education in Emergencies: Self-Learning Materials for NFE Learners”, produced by the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu and the Non Formal Education Center is available for free download: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002331/233109NEP.pdf