Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

"My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."

Reading and Reflection

Project #
254
Year
2009
Country
Nepal
School
Gettysburg College
Proposal
254pro.pdf
Report
254rep.pdf
Students
  • Jacquelyn Powell
  • Sneha Shrestha
Article
254art2

Ten years of civil strife in Nepal have taken a toll on a generation of children denied access to schools and libraries, who may dream of peace but lack skills and opportunities. Jacqueline Powell and Sneha Shrestha worked in collaboration with the Socio-Perspective Alliance, a Nepalese nonprofit committed to supporting quality education and
literacy for school-age children when they designed their three-part project: establish a sustainable library and create and implement six weeks of book-writing workshops for sixth-grade students, culminating in the writing, illustration, and publication of three culturally sensitive, bilingual children’s books.

Working in Chauni, outside of Kathmandu, at the Shree Pancha Kanya Secondary School, Powell and Shrestha created and furnished a 1,000-book library and held training workshops for local staff to ensure sustainable management of the library in the future. They held creative writing and expression classes for all 41 students in the sixth grade, and worked with these students to create and publish three books reflecting the children’s ideas of what it takes to be happy. The pride of authorship shared by all participants is a great encouragement to continued efforts in the classroom, and the library will continue to benefit 500 students and 20 teachers.