HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Ke lanu chha? (What needs to becarried?),” asked Chet BahadurPariyal, a porter, mistaking this journalist for a client. Suited in a worn-out blue Nepali national dress, a bidi in his hand, the 36 year-old from Sunkhani VDC of Dolakha, was wandering the streets on the second day of the bandh, in search of some ‘bhari’. Narrating his story, Pariyal said, “I have not earned a single penny in these two days. I am in search of any possible clients”. Since their income lies solely on the money they make carrying loads, the bandhs are extremely difficult on these porters. “If I get work, I earn around Rs 200-250 on an average day. But on bandhs there is hardly any work, so during bandhs I usually earn nothing.” In spite of the inconvenience such activities cause them, Pariyal says, “If bandhs like these are for the benefit of the country, then I don’t mind being without a job for a day or so, or going without a proper meal”. But the irony is, he is not really sure whether the bandhs are for the good of the country. With families to look after, life isn’t at all easy for them. ariyal has four children.
ECD contributing lot to develop learning skills
KATHMANDU: Teaching toddlers through the Early Childhood Development (ECD) method is gaining success in developing the intellectual, social and psychological capability of the children involved in it. “My son who regularly attends school does not feel that he is attending a conventional school, he happily goes to the school unlike students of his age attending other schools. It is more a playing centre,” Hari Narayan Choudhary, parent and secretary of an ECD management committee. “The traditional methods of teaching needs to be changed.” ECD aims to provide a safe and stimulating environment for young children while parents engage themselves in different works to earn living. ECD centres has fulfiled the children’s need to learn more and be ready to attend regular schools. Most of the children who do not attend such ECD centres are poorly prepared to attend schools and they are not able to respond to their needs. “The ECD children are different from the others and they learn fast,” said Sarita Singh, primary school teacher. “We use newest teaching methods and materials
everyday so that their interest towards learning new things grow faster everyday. We as far as possible avoid using same teaching materials while teaching the toddlers because these repeated
presentation of the same materials may make them feel bored during the learning process.” The recently published report on ‘What the difference?: The impact of early childhood development programmes’ stated that problems associated with the transition to school from homes or the ECD centres require serious attention.