21 January, 2021
A five-day capacity building training started today in Pokhara for representatives of OPDs from Gandaki province. A survey on training need for capacity development of OPDs took place earlier on December 2020. In line with the survey and as envisioned by the project, Include us, the training has commenced at Gandaki province. A preparedness meeting for persons with communication limitation was held a day before the commencement of training.
National Federation of the Disabled Nepal (NFDN), in partnership with CBM, is implementing a multi-year advocacy project, “Include Us”, for inclusion of persons with disability. One of the major components of the project is strengthening capacity of OPDs. Hence, the survey and training was planned and executed in Province-1, Gandaki province and Karnali province. The capacity building training in other two provinces completed on January 17, 2021.
The training in Pokhara is being attended by 43 participants (26 F, 17 M) representing all ten types of impairment or disability group as well as Dalit, Adibasi-Janajati and Khas Arya ethnic communities.
The training is scheduled to cover topics such as national and international policies and laws, accessibility and access to justice, leadership development, and gender equality and inter-sectional issues.
Conducted by experienced facilitators (Raju Basnet, Khom Raj Sharma, Meena Paudel and Ram Narayan Shrestha) and trainers active in the disability movement in Nepal, the aim of the training session is to provide participants in particular with practical tools and guidance to enhance their knowledge and skill needed to efficiently run an OPD and even more to ensure clarity on emerging disability concept and related inter-sectional issues.
Games, simulation, group discussion and activities, role-playing are the major training approaches used. On the first day, as the training began with games related to disability identification and approaches to disability, most participants believed that disability is a medical condition whereas NFDN has been advocating on disability issues from a Right Based perspective/ Approach; the training is felt even more relevant.
The training participants list is attached with the email.