This project is focused on the objective to consolidate the rights of ethnic minorities to live in a dignified way, following her or his own cultural values, norms and practices. This project is in some ways a pilot project, which will identify vital action points for future scale up and replication of similar intended projects.
Despite constitutional provisions, Tamang and other ethnic minority children so far have had no opportunity to learn the language and script of their mother tongues in the formal school system of Nepal.
The project campaigns (Media and Seminar) at centre and district level to formulate proper implementation policies and programs of the prevailing constitutional provision, to raise the much needed awareness with the stakeholder community (including state agencies) on the existing constitutional provisions and national policy so that the pressure for effective implementation of these policies and provisions are encouraged and facilitated. The campaign aims to prepare groundwork for advocacy for non-state actors while building pressure on the state actors. Two seminars at district and central levels is expected to document challenges and lessons learnt concerning implementation of the policies resulting in better implementation strategies and refinement in policies.
Beside campaigning at central and district level, the project directly works in Timal-Mahabharat region of Kavre district of the central hilly region of Nepal, namely with the schools and peripheral communities on implementing the existing provisions for the ethnic minority children to learn formally their mother language within the public school system.
Although the Tamangs are the major inhabitants of the region, Tamangs have traditionally been discriminated against and have been deprived of equal opportunities as the policies and resource allocations by the government at the centre are made on district basis, without much consideration towards demographic details within the district. As a result of such practices, even within the Timal-Mahabharat region Tamang children have to learn and study in a culturally discriminated environment which has been hampering free and fair development of these children, resulting in extremely low academic attainment. All walks of life have hence been affected due to the deep rooted feelings of being dominated at childhood.