Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN), with support from //KANALLAN, Switzerland, conducted a five-day residential Training of Trainers (ToT) on Girls Empowerment in Piprahar, Devchuli Municipality, Nawalparasi from 13th-17th July 2018. There was a total of 30 girls aged 13-19 as participants who were trained through various interactive approaches about various conceptual ideas as well as functional soft skills so that they could be leaders in their own communities.

The primary objectives of the project are to end all forms of discrimination against girls in Devchuli Municipality, to eliminate all forms of violence against girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation, to eliminate all harmful practices (child, early and forced marriage), to empower and promote the social002C economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion and to ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices.

                                                    Training of Participants

Mrs. Meena Sharma was the primary trainer for the ToT and she was assisted by Mrs. Debaki Acharya. Some sessions were also facilitated by other resource Persons; Superintendent of Police Mr. Ramesh Thapa and Ms. Sushila Bhusal from the District Police, Mr. Tilottam Paudel; President of JCYCN, Ms. Shraddha Verma, Program Coordinator, JCYCN, and Mr. Deepak Sharma, District Program Coordinator.
The first day started with a brief introduction about the nature of the program, the overview, its objective, the roles and responsibilities of the peer educators by Ms. Shraddha Verma. Ms. Meena Sharma proceeded to train the girls about conflict and violence and followed it with a session was held for better understanding of Sex and Gender, its differences and societal implications. Mr. Khimananda Bhusal; Child Rights and CFLG Consultant for Devchuli Municipality introduced Child Rights, Child Rights Convention (CRC), and Child-Friendly Local governance (CFLG).

                                                  Discussion with Parents

The second day was devoted to further understanding of violence and conflict via a presentation. This was followed by a session by Mr. Tilottam Paudel, the president of JCYCN on understanding of the roles that the peer educators can play in their respective communities. Ms. Meena Sharma continued to talk about effective communication and communication skills, using them in daily life and in being peer educators. The discussion went on to continue about social media and responsible use of social media. The day ended with a session on network strengthening and unification.
The main aim for the third day was to bridge the gap between girls and local police authorities. Mr. Ramesh Thapa, the SP of the District Police Office and Ms. Sushila Bhusal, of the District Police Office were invited as the resource persons so that the peer educators could interact directly with the police. The session also included revision on Self-Defense and non-violent defense. The later part of the day was dedicated to learning collaborative leadership.
The penultimate day of training consisted of sessions on adolescent health and hygiene, understanding of individual and common, contextual problems and getting past the stigma revolving around menstruation, learning of practical writing skills and addressing of local stakeholders and learning and practicing facilitation skills.

                                                           ToT Participants

The final day of the residential ToT Program saw the parents of the peer educators, local stakeholders and the advisory board were invited in the closing ceremony. The guests included Mrs. Parbata Tiwari, Deputy Mayor of Devchuli Municipality, Mr. Bidya Poudel, CFLG facilitator for Devchuli Municipality, Mr. Dhruva Acharya from the municipal environment department, Mr. Narayan Prasad Poudel, Municipal CFLG Advisor, members of SMC, media personnel, teachers, parents, and the advisory board. An interaction session was held with parents of the peer educators where they were informed of their daughters’ progress. The girls prepared individual action plans for the rest of the year and also shared their experiences during ToT. The closing ceremony saw the deputy Mayor express her best wishes and gratitude to the girls with a promise to help with community action plans. Mr. Tilottam paudel President JCYCN, Mr. Bidya Poudel CFLG Facilitator, Mrs. Laxmi Shiwakoti, Headmistress and member of GEP Advisory committee gave their support and encouragement to the girls.

Submitted by: Shraddha Verma

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