LDC-Nepal is a Nepalese non-profit service organization that seeks to improve the situation of local language communities in Nepal. We have been involved in this work since 2001. Our vision is that Nepal’s ethnic communities become empowered to use their own languages as well as Nepali as a means to improve their educational, social, political, economic, and cultural situation.
We act as a resource to a number of civic and government agencies as well as implementing our own programs. We began with the Tharu language group and have since moved on to work with six other language groups.
What we believe
We believe that using the local language in adult literacy and children’s education plays a crucial role in transforming communities.
We believe that development is most effectively implemented in partnership with the community.
We believe in networking with organizations also committed to utilizing the rich linguistic resources of Nepal.
What this looks like
LDC-Nepal builds awareness with minority language communities about the importance of using their language in basic education. Once a language community is convinced of the need for a literacy project, a partnership may be formed with LDC-Nepal. LDC-Nepal assists the community through all stages of the project, from identifying a desired end to formulating a plan to achieve that end, and enables the community to acquire the necessary skills to sustain and report on the project.
Community learning centres are usually the first thing to be established. These centres house educational activities and discussion groups, strengthening the community’s decision-making process by creating a new space to resolve issues and reshape lives. Activities that occur in these community learning centres include income generation skills workshops, literacy classes, youth club meetings, teacher training, and other community events.
One of the key activities we are involved in is orthography development, or creating standard writing systems for languages with which we work. Many of the languages we work with do not have an agreed-upon alphabet, much less a standardized form of written communication. Establishing a standardized way of writing a language is key to teaching people how to read and write.
These activities not only strengthen the community’s ability to resolve their own problems and improve their situation but enables them to participate in nationwide conversations, decision-making, and governance. As Nepal is currently in a period of transition, the input of minority groups is key to guiding the country toward the establishment of a stable, inclusive democracy.