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Nepal: An Overview
Nepal is a small landlocked country sandwiched between China and Nepal. A small country covering 147181 sq. km., it has diverse landscape, which includes high Himalayas in the North to the lower plain in the South. It is also diverse in culture and demography. There are over 125 casts and ethnic groups and over 121 languages.
Nepal is one of the most beautiful countries with huge natural diversity, which attracts tourists from all around the world. Hence, tourism is always the priority of Nepali state for economic growth and development.
Having history of over 250 years as a country, Nepal has passed through many political transitions. Nepal has transformed into federal republic recently after being under unitary monarchical system for more than two centuries. Nepal experienced a decade of armed conflict from 1996 – 2006. Currently the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Disappeared Commission are collecting complaints and evidence for the hearing purpose. Nepal recently introduced a new federal system of politics through its new 2015 constitution.
Being diverse in ethnicity and caste, Nepal has different forms of Art and Culture too. From the theater of ancient ages, dances, paintings and other forms of art, there is huge diversity in culture.
Our work in Nepal
The MAP team first started working together in Nepal through the 2018-19 Changing The Story funded project “Examining Interpretations of Civil National Values made by Young People in Post-Conflict Settings (Kenya and Nepal)”.
This project aims to empower children in post-conflict settings to articulate their interpretations and shared communications of civic national values through their creation of a performance arts-based ‘scheme of work’ as a process of transformative learning for supporting local and global Civil Service Organisations (CSOs) in reducing poverty and advancing education for all, as part of the peace-building process.
The project has four central aims:
1. Explore how children in post-conflict settings interpret civic national values by their own conceptions, actions and reflections, supported in their application of varied performance arts-based tools and techniques for their shared communications.
2. Empower children in post-conflict settings to develop and advance their thinking about the past; the present and future possibilities of peacebuilding through theories of ‘reflection’.
3. Examine the perspectives of teachers on ‘civic national values’ including the varied ways they pass these narratives to their learners.
4. Facilitate our research partners to continuously analyse, reflect and reconceptualise their understandings and shared communications of civic national values for advancing future policymaking through a performance arts-based ‘scheme of work’ that can be applied locally, nationally and internationally in comparative contexts.
It is hoped that, through this project, children in post-conflict settings; their teachers; and CSOs become empowered by their reflections, conceptions and arts-based performances, benefitting their current and future processes of education, and advancing their shared communications of ‘civic national values’, allowing for continued peacebuilding.
Building on the partnerships developed through this project, the vision for MAP in the context of Nepal is for public education, empower and policy advocacy for peace education. MAP will educate and engage children and young people in peace education through different forms of arts. Children and young people will use different forms of art as a tool to create harmony and cohesion in the society. MAP will develop capacity of youth and teachers to make them community change agent to address peace and harmony.