MAP Nepal organized three days’ end of year sharing event youth camp at Pension Vasana Hotel Kathmandu on 27-29 April 2022. Total of 14 youths (7 boys, 7 girls), 8 teachers (2 females, 6 male) have participated in the workshop from MAP working schools and child club from Palpa, Kanchanpur and Makwanur. Day 1 and 2 (27 and 28 April 2022): In the first two days, the youths work together from all 7 child clubs. They shared their experiences and challenges. They also shared the process of their work during project implementation.They co-created different art forms such as dance, song, deuda, and drama to present during the main event of the youth camp. Day 3: Main event: The entire program was hosted by youths, and it started with a welcome song created by the youth and some focal teachers also joined the song. There was a visible bond established between teacher and students while singing a song created by youths. This shows that art can also improve the relationship between students and teachers.For the guests, COIs Vishnu Bahadur Khatri and Rajiv Timalsina briefed the participants about what MAP is, its Function and working procedures of MAP, and the reason behind its establishment of MAP. Also explained its impact on schools and students' studies. The event was groomed by the songs and dance reflecting the originality of their place were highlighted. They presented the Deuda song; an indigenous cultural dance from the far west and all the guests participated when that song was performed. This participation shows the cultural respect prevailing in the Nepali community. In addition to this, Tamang Cello the cultural song of Makwanpur as well as Jhyaure from Palpa was also presented there. It seems that youth are still influenced by their cultures and they have not deviated from their core cultural practices. Youth also portrayed their real story of gender discrimination through drama. Since drama is the other most effective art form, every participant enjoyed and felt the long-rooted discrimination in society. Nevertheless, the youth continued the program by performing a number of the art form which they have learned within 1 year such as drama, song, poem, and music as well as pasting the chart paper which have meaningful work. Art is not used only for fun but it also helps to keep the respect, and love, from a different religion, is the moral lesson they explained from their performance.
- July 18, 2022