GPFF Brings Character and Leadership Education to Remote Areas of Nepal

Eric Olsen
July 18, 2011

Participants and staff at the opening ceremony of the GPLA 15 day workshop, “New Leadership Paradigm.”

GPA Nepal and the Global Peace Youth Corps (GPYC) Nepal, a youth wing of GPA, sponsored a series of workshops throughout Nepal to provide character competency education, leadership training, and life guidance for Nepalese youth.

The Global Peace Leadership Academy (GPLA) began a fifteen-day workshop, “New Leadership Paradigm,” on June 2, with well-known Nepali actor Ravi Giri ceremonially cutting a ribbon to open the program. In addition to education on principles of good leadership and personal character, GPLA participants learned about GPF movement activities and supported efforts to provide books for the libraries in remote areas.

Prof. Dr. Mukunda Gajurel, chairman of the Department of Science and Technology at Tribhuvan University, served as chief guest for the graduation ceremony on June 17.  In his speech, Prof. Gajurel thanked GPA Nepal for providing young people with practical guidance as well as a range of experiences to help them succeed in their walks of life.  Dr. Gajurel suggested that GPA Nepal establish a formal institution and include the broader curricula of GPF education.

A three-day GPA Nepal Peace Vision Education Seminar was also held in Morang, in the Eastern Region of Nepal, on the June 17-19 2011, focusing on building respect and cooperation across boundaries of religion and ethnicity, and learning effective conflict resolution strategies.

Character Education held in different schools and colleges in rural areas of Nepal.

Character education programs were also conducted every day in schools and colleges in the Mid-Western Development region, Surkhet, and the Eastern Region, Morang.  The education helped students become aware of their responsibilities within the family, as students, and as citizens of Nepal. The training focused on principles of good character as the basis for success both in the workplace and in areas of personal life. In Surkhet students were also given education in good hygiene, and they were encouraged to share what they learned with their families, relatives and friends.

Global Peace Youth Corps (GPYC) Nepal, a youth wing of GPA, also organized three-day Peace and Leadership workshops in different schools and colleges in Nepal during the month of June. Participants learned how to work cooperatively and were guided in ways to develop social skills to assist them in contributing to a more peaceful society.

The future of the nation will be determined by how young men and women are educated—intellectually, socially, and morally.  GPA Nepal and GPYC are committed to educating youths to become productive and exemplary citizens.

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