National Workshop on Caste-based Discrimination at School Held

20 Apr 2014

Kathmandu, Nepal: A nation workshop entitled “Equity and Inclusive Education Issue: Caste-based Discrimination at Schools” was organized in Kathmandu on 19 April, 2014. This workshop is organized by Samata Foundation in collaboration with Professional Development and Research Center (PDRC), NNDSWO, Dalit Welfare Organization (DWO), and National Campaign for Education-Nepal. The main objective of this workshop is to discuss various types of caste based discrimination faced by Dalit children at school. It also envisions discussing causes and effects of caste based discrimination at school followed by the national and international programmatic response in relation to make discrimination free school.

Four scholarly papers were presented in the workshop. In the first part of the program, Dr. Pramod Bhatta presented opening paper on nature and magnitude of caste-based discrimination at school. It was further followed another paper by Dr. Lekh Nath Poudel on institutional and programmatic response to address caste based discrimination in school. Dr. Paudel is associated to Ministry of Education.

In the second half of the program, Dr. Yam Bahadur Kishan talked about the causes and effect of caste based discrimination in school. It was again followed by another paper entitled equity and inclusive education in specific to Dalit issues in EFA and post 2015 development framework. Both sessions were followed by the question and answer sessions.

Around 75 participants representing different organizations including concerned government agencies were present in the meeting. The outcome document will be submitted to government and other stakeholders to urge to take necessary measures to address caste based discrimination in school.

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