IMPROVEMENT OF THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT AND THE PROMOTION OF CHILD RIGHTS THROUGH THE RADIO (CHILD-FRIENDLY SCHOOLS)

IMPROVEMENT OF THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT AND THE PROMOTION OF CHILD RIGHTS THROUGH THE RADIO (CHILD-FRIENDLY SCHOOLS)

The project intends to help address the need to make community schools of Nepal a more welcoming and safer place to learn. Therefore, the project activities are concentrated in creating a better educational environment (child-friendly schools) by improving the school’s infrastructures and facilities, and by strengthening the capacities of teachers, pupils’ associations and local committees in charge of the school management.

At the same time, the project also aims to increase community awareness on child rights through educational and informative programmes. The project has 3 key components:

  1. Improve the physical environment of the schools (classroom environment and other facilities in the schools such as sanitation, drinking water, playground, etc.) according to the school’s prioritized need.
  2. Improve the quality of education through capacity building / training for teachers and other stakeholders and resource support programme.
  3. Protect and promote child rights, especially the right to education, protection and participation through children’s radio programme.

This is a 4 year project (2015-018) funded by ONGD-FNEL Luxembourg and Child Welfare Scheme Hong Kong. During the period, 48 community schools (12 schools each year) will benefit from this initiative.

MILIJULI BOLAUN: CHILD RIGHTS THROUGH MEDIA

As part of the Education and Advocacy for Child Rights project, Right4Children launched Milijuli Boalun, a child-led radio programme to raise awareness of child rights in Nepal.
This project is the outcome of baseline research conducted in 2013 by Right4Children to identify the current level of understanding and awareness about child rights among people in Nepal. The results highlighted a need for greater education and promotion of child rights as violations such as child labour, sexual exploitation, physical abuse, inadequate access to education, trafficking and early marriage are widespread in Nepal but there were little awareness of these issues and limited scope for educating and advocating for child rights. In response, the Right4Children designed the Milijuli Bolaun to promote child rights, with a focus on the right to education and protection and an initial participation focus in Kaski district which could later be replicated and expanded nationwide.

The project began with internal Right4Children skills training conducted by journalism and radio professionals. This was followed by capacity building training program by the Right4Children team .

During this period a Milijuli Boluan studio was set up in Pokhara. The completed studio has a recording booth, mixing room and training area.
On October 24th, 2014, the first Milijuli Bolaun episode was broadcasted on different radio stations in Pokhara and online. So far, over 130 episodes have been produced and broadcasted weekly.
For the production of each episode, the child journalists practice the methods and process they were were trained by the Right4Children team. They hold a group meeting to choose and discuss a weekly topic, identify the issues, plan the episode sections and break into groups, each one completing one of the various program sections which may include interviews, debates, vox pops or drama productions.

More information about Milijuli Bolaun and a stream with more than 146 episodes that have been produced so far can be found here .