|Team building game, students have to place an object into a bucket but cannot enter a 4m circle around the bucket|
|Students engaging in group work|
We were fortunate enough to assist at a course for training local youths in leadership skills and result orientated project management. The 3 day course was held in the nearby town of Dhulikhel, with around 25 local youths aged 18 – 25 attending. The objectives of this workshop were to provide local youths with the skills to be effective future leaders in the community and to encourage them to start implementing their own projects.
We were able to teach some outdoor group co-operation games and challenges. It was really rewarding to see the students responding this different style of learning. Most education in Nepal is formal individual textbook based so the small group teamwork challenges were a new beast to the students, after a bit of a learning curve they really enjoyed the challenges. The main challenge for us as facilitators was to get the shy Nepali girls to engage in the activities. These beautiful shy girls seem to be overwhelmed by the more boisterous boys and tend to be very quiet but with some gentle coaching we were able to get them fully engaged.
|The winning team proudly display their unbroken egg after the egg drop game|
|Team building game, students have to each pass thru a different hole in the 'spider web'|
The classroom work focused on project development and leadership and was done in small groups. As most of the work done in Nepali we were unable to be of much assistance but were able to present several topics in English to the students. The final project was for the groups to come up with their own development idea, formulate a plan, present the plan and finally implement the plan in their town or village. The four plans were for an anti smoking campaign, HIV and sexual health awareness, building a local museum and building a community library / learning centre.
I really feel that this style of result oriented learning is a worthwhile method for encouraging growth in Nepal. If true change is to happen it must come from within and these bright young Nepalis are the beginning of a brighter future.
|Yvonne with two students, Birkita and Sangita|