Junkiri Schooling Method

Junkiri Schooling Method

Kathmandu, NepalKathmandu, Nepal
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Established
Budget: 
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

PA Nepal works for the welfare of prisoners, their children and families as well as poor and vulnerable children in rural communities.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world where education is largely enjoyed by the privileged. State schools are generally under-resourced, poorly equipped and teaching is old-fashioned and depends too heavily on rote learning. Children from very poor backgrounds or without family support find this type of teaching largely irrelevant. This includes children with emotional/physical trauma who are sent to prison with their convicted parents. Too often underprivileged children become subject to sexual exploitation and child labour. Even if given the opportunity to go to school, many are unable to learn in traditional classrooms and disadvantage is perpetuated.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

A system of education accessible to children that allows them to “connect” and begin to learn. This means that learning should be rooted in the world they know and should teach skills that are relevant to the world they live in. What is needed therefore is a curriculum that is practical, and uses the surroundings and life of rural Nepal as the subject and focus of learning. Traditional academic skills such as mathematics, science, reading and writing are taught through subjects such as farming, cultivation, land management, gardening, conservation, health and hygiene. The Junkiri method meets all these needs and has the added benefit that students will also learn to help others and to pass on those skills to their families and communities.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We present the story of ten teenage boys with behaviour problems. PA Nepal rescued them boys from prison when they were young. They found study difficult and irrelevant, and became disruptive. In 2008 they were moved to the PA Nepal farmhouse-home in Palpa. Here the boys are learning important life skills such as cultivation, handicrafts and mountain bike tour guide certification. By growing their own food and learning vocational skills they have learnt self-discipline and teamwork. One initiative is the development of a road-side café. With the help of members of the community, the boys built a shelter, plumbed water and built an oven. This project will eventually provide an income stream and employment for some of them. The Junkiri method of education seeks to identify the unique skills that underprivileged and vulnerable children can exceed at. One of these boys had a drug and alcohol addiction before moving to Palpa. Leaving the city helped him to mature, become socially aware, stop substance abuse, and has given him a higher level of self-esteem and a brighter future. Since completing his mountain bike tour guide qualification he is the 12th best mountain biker in Nepal.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

PA Nepal is a member of Network for Children, Prisoners and their Dependants (NCPD) along with numerous other organizations including PAM Nepal, Prison Fellowship and UCEP. PA Nepal not only works with prisoners and their children, but also with underprivileged members of the community. No other NCPD organization works on such a wide scale. The main competition to the Junkiri teaching method is the existing schooling system in Nepal. This can be costly and irrelevant to many children. Our main challenge is changing the intransigent minds of those currently working in Nepali schools to make the existing curriculum meaningful to more children.
About You
Organization:
Prisoner Assistance Nepal
About You
First Name

Indira

Last Name

Ranamagar

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Prisoner Assistance Nepal

Organization Country

, Kathmandu

Country where this project is creating social impact
Your role in Education

Administrator, After-School Provider, Counselor, Parent, Social Worker, Teacher, Other.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with

Public (tuition-free)

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Innovation
How long has your solution been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

PA Nepal works for the welfare of prisoners, their children and families as well as poor and vulnerable children in rural communities.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Junkiri is a supportive environment that addresses the unique educational needs of children & encourages them to learn & be creative

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

PA Nepal’s greatest impact to date has been the rescue of nearly 350 children living in prison with convicted parents and providing them with a caring environment and schooling. In addition, our establishment of three schools have granted numerous local children with access to an education otherwise not available to them. PA Nepal developed the Junkiri model, an alternative education method, upon recognizing that many children do not thrive in traditional Nepalese schools. These children learn important life skills such as cooking, farming, hygiene and many others. PA Nepal has improved prison conditions by maintaining bonds between prisoners and children through regular welfare visits and bringing them education and rehabilitation training to enable them to reintegrate with their families and communities upon release.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

PA Nepal hopes to roll out a programme of Junkiri teaching method to reach more schools and more villages throughout Nepal, with the idea that education should become part of the Nepalese way of life in even the most rural of areas. We hope to introduce the Junkiri method into the curriculum to produce successful environments for more communities, because most rural Nepalese will earn their living in the field of agriculture. We aim to reduce child poverty and neglect through providing a nurturing educational environment and reinstating prisoners into their communities.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

This project needs people educated in the Junkiri method of education, and funding to train and sustain these teachers and to provide the necessary resources. Changing the mindsets of people currently involved in education to incorporate more application based learning is another barrier.

To increase the number of teachers trained in the Junkiri method, PA Nepal aims to create training centres in rural areas as well as expanding the current training centre in Kathmandu. PA Nepal will use current networking connections to reach numerous schools in various regions across Nepal in order to change attitudes of those currently involved in education.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

By our 6-month milestone we hope to have successfully incorporated teacher training into existing Junkiri schools as well as beg

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

To have trained 30 teachers in the Junkiri method

Task 2

To have strengthened existing networks with local schools

Task 3

To have embedded the Junkiri method in the three schools currently being built

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

By the 12 month milestone we hope to have increased the number of children who have access to this new method of education by ha

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

The expansion of the existing teacher training program.

Task 2

Strengthening and expanding existing networks with local schools.

Task 3

Having established the Junkiri method in a number of traditional Nepali schools

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]

Indira grew up in the jungles of Nepal. She learned through observation and practical instruction how to survive in the harsh conditions. Her early work in prison with human rights activist Parijaat opened her eyes to the discrimination faced by female prisoners and their children. Indira knew then, that these children were unlikely to succeed in society, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. Providing a safe environment and access to traditional schooling was not enough to help these vulnerable children. Many did not relate well to traditional educational methods. Drawing on her childhood experiences, Indira developed a completely new approach to learning for such children. The Junkiri method is a practical approach to learning, and teaches life skills beneficial to the majority of the Nepalese population

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

PA Nepal has well-developed partnerships with nine organizations worldwide whose support enables them to provide children rescued from prison with a family environment, an education and the life-skills needed to take their places in wider society as adults. PA Nepal also provides vocational training (carpentry, Thanka painting, mountain bike guide certification etc.) By working with local communities to integrate the ‘rescued’ children, PA Nepal also reaches many other under-privileged children.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

PA Nepal wants to train some more teachers in the Junkiri method. Those teachers, together with the teachers and community representatives they have trained, will expand the model with minimal on-cost to PA Nepal. PA Nepal enjoys the support of volunteers from all over the world; who once trained, can help to deliver the junkiri method of learning.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

For this project PA Nepal needs to expand and strengthen existing networks with government schools and local communities, and to extend the current mentoring system.

PA Nepal is happy to share their experience and pass on ideas to other organisations

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