16 May 2019

Mela in Martadi

The clacking of donkey’s hooves on the narrow cobbled streets and the jingling of bells around their necks as they shuffle through town are nothing new to the residents of Martadi bazaar. Martadi is the headquarters of Bajura district in the remote northern part of far-western region of Nepal, and two days’ journey away from Kathmandu. Due to the…, The Unforgettable Mela Day, On the Mela day, Prashant went to the large play-ground of Shree Kalika Higher Secondary School in Martadi with his mother Sushila Shahi. He was welcomed by the volunteers with badges, stickers and book-marks. The playground was decked with eight stalls  displaying different reading materials, games, locally made educational materials, story/…, Benefitting 16,000 people the donkey way, Since the children and teachers in the remote northern districts of far-western region lack access to adequate reading materials and appropriate learning techniques, UNICEF and its partners have launched the concept of donkey library and Reading Mela to promote reading culture. UNICEF’s formal education consultant Dipu Shakya explains, “Because…, Changing norms, creating social movement,  “These Mela s are aimed at creating a bigger social movement on how society perceives the concept of reading,” says Helen Sherpa, Country Director of UNICEF’s partner World Education. “They help children decode reading independently through games, blocks, cut-out letters, stories and pictures and encourage parents to converse with the children…