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Teaching Nepali Students about the Horrors of Extremism

Project Overview

Inspiring Nepali students through Anne Frank's story.

Identifying the Problem

During his 2010 Humanity in Action Fellowship in Germany, Subhash was exposed to the Anne Frank House, where he participated in powerful discussions on extremism and the Holocaust. Having grown up in Nepal, he knew that the Nepali school curriculum does not address extremism, the Holocaust or the story of Anne Frank. Inspired by all he had learned during his Fellowship, Subhash wanted to educate Nepali students about the history of the Holocaust and the dangers of extremism.

Creating A Solution

Subhash decided that the most effective way to educate students on these issues was to tell them Anne Frank's story. He formed a local team of volunteers who partnered with the Sarswati Peace School in Nepal,  as well as community organizations, including the Sarswati Foundation, the St. Olaf College and Davis Projects for Peace. After the volunteers told the students about the story of Anne Frank, the students were asked to discuss such events within the context of Nepal's own history and society. Subhash was able to share the story of Anne Frank with almost 10,000 students in Nepal.

A group of young people are currently working on reforming Nepal’s school curriculum to include these issues in education. The bigger concept of an Anne Frank museum in Nepal is also being discussed.

Lessons Learned

Subhash emphasizes the importance of clearly communicating your project ideas to the group of volunteers as well as those who will benefit from your project. It is also essential to plan ahead and include as many groups and people possible. “Also, ensure that the project does not touch on political issues that might derail the cause,” he advises.

Funding

Subhash raised $2,000 for his project, much of which came from Humanity in Action. He also received support from local clubs and youth volunteers.

Awards & Recognition

"Teaching Nepali Students about the Horrors of Extremism" was one of the winners of Humanity in Action's 2012 Senior Fellow Grant Competition.

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