Further Education and Training (FEAT)

JOYs FEAT Program covers following projects and activities:
Student sponsorships – (Through sponsorships economically/socially disadvantaged children get the chance of a good education, which wouldn’t have been possible without JOY’s and other philanthropists’ efforts.)

Further Training at Nepal Traditional Handicraft Training Centre (NTHTC) – (The cooperation with NTHTC aims to support socially/economically disadvantaged students that seek for knowledge and skills of traditional handicraft. It should furthermore help to promote and protect Nepalese traditional handicrafts.)

Further training and/or studies for disadvantaged Youth – (FEAT for YOUTH is a program for young people in Nepal organized by NAFA and JOY. The aim is to improve employment opportunities for Nepali school leavers. These students are disadvantaged due to their family situation, poverty or living in remote areas.)

Trainings for social worker and teacher – (To professionalize social work in Nepal Trainings are required. It will help social worker to understand the variety of their working field much better and to support those they take care of. The Trainings are available for all social worker that are interested in broadening their knowledge and learning through exchange. Trainings are provided esp. in areas that relate to Social work such as Project Management, and for teacher working in schools in remote parts of Nepal.)

Volunteer program- (Volunteers can be a big and unique contribution in parts of development work. A close co-operation with local Nepalese partners in a setting of an intercultural partnership enables to learn new things and to compile together ways of solutions. A good preparation and guidance for the Volunteering is essential though. JOY is providing such training for all interested Volunteers.)

With its strong increase of educational institutions in the past 50 years, Nepal has taken a very strong development, especially considering that it started with only a handful of schools. However, the quality of teaching and the qualifications of teachers at state institutions have stagnated. Expenditure on Education in Nepal is about $ 8 per person. In average, 70% of children in school age attend the first class. Only 10% of them reach the tenth grade and less than a quarter of them pass the SLC exam. About 80% of children attend state schools. Over the years it became clear that only 20% of students, who attend and pass the SLC, come from precisely those governmental schools (the remaining 80% come from private schools).

“For now, free education is just an ideologically-correct excuse to provide below-standard education without having to meet the rigorous standards of child-centred quality schooling. Whoever uses the slogan mishulka siksha (free education) must be made to also work towards developing sthar (standards).”

[Source: Dixit, Shanta “Education, deception, state and society” In: Dixit, Kanak Mani; Ramachandaran, Shastri (2002) “State of Nepal”. Himal Books. Lalitpur]

Eye Care

Since 1996 more than 4000 people got their sight restored and more than 26,000 people have received various eye-care treatments through the support of JOY. JOY has been providing these services free of cost, by supporting eye camps fully as well as partially through the help of its various partners. The remuneration of specialist and support services is donated voluntarily however.

The World Health Organization estimates that 45 million people worldwide are blind; 90 percent of them are in developing nations. Many of these cases may be easily preventable or treatable. Nearly half could be helped by a procedure that’s become routine in many nations – cataract surgery. In Nepal the rate to cure blindness through cataract surgery is one of the highest worldwide, according to National Geographic.

The importance of eye camps is based on the fact that loss of vision as a result of cataract is impacting people’s lives drastically. Esp. in remote areas, where the people live far from hospitals, it is important to find a way to reach them. Cataract has increased, it is said that two third of the cases regarding blindness in Nepal are results of cataract. In cases with serious visual impairment, the standard treatment is surgical removal of the lens.

This is a process that takes only about 4 to 5 minutes. These short procedures can change an individual’s life forever.

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