Promoting Child Rights through Educational Settings

Project location: Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Kabhrepalanchok districts

Partner organisation: Children and Women in Social Service and Human Rights (CWISH) 

CWISH, established in 1993, is one of the leading and pioneering organizations working for child protection in Nepal. CWISH has been implementing several programs on child labour and other children’s issues in partnership with different international and national development agencies as well as government agencies. Currently CWISH has been working to end worst forms of child labour, working against child sexual abuse and supporting rural development programs, educating and empowering women and youth in urban and rural areas. Interpedia has cooperated with CWISH since 2003.

Promoting Child Rights through Educational Settings II was the second phase of the PCRTS project that was implemented during the years 2009-2012. The second phase aimed to strengthen the achievements of the first phase and to promote and protect child rights in and through educational settings and policies with the active involvement of parents, community and children themselves.

The overall objective of the project was promoting child friendly schooling and enhancing quality education in four districts of Nepal: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur and Kabhre. More than 60% of the children in community schools of Kathmandu are child domestic workers and those in Kabhre, one of the major supply sides, are vulnerable to separation. Teachers still follow traditional teaching practices despite efforts from the government and CSOs. Making the education system child friendly and improving the quality of education helps to secure children’s right to protection and education as fundamental aspects of child right.

The project worked to promote the right to protection of the children in community school of Kathmandu and Kabhre districts. This project directly benefited Community Schools Teachers, Community people; members of Parent Teacher Associations (PTA), School Management Committees  (SMC), Village Education Committees (VEC) and Child Protection Committees (CPC),  children and child clubs; other local government authorities and  political leaders.

Activities that were carried out to achieve the project goals included:

  • formation reformation capacity development and mobilization of local child protection and education related mechanisms like PTA, SMC, CPC, CC and VEC
  • Capacity development of teachers
  • Promotion of value education among the children
  • Material support to the needy children for reducing the vulnerability of drop out
  • Basic infrastructure support to the needy schools
  • Publication of different ICE materials
  • Identification of legal and policy gaps and lobby with government