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International Climate Protection Fellowships: Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation

For young climate experts from developing countries interested in conducting a project in Germany and developing long-term collaborations

The fellowship allows future leaders to spend a year in Germany working on a research-based project of their own choice in the field of climate protection. Fellows are free to choose their own hosts. Submit an application if you come from a non-European transition or developing country (see list of countries) and are involved with issues relating to the scientific, engineering, legal, economic or social aspects of climate change.
During a three-week introductory phase, you will have the opportunity to make contact with other climate protection fellows and visit companies, research institutions and cultural events in Germany. An intensive German-language course before you begin the fellowship will smooth your way into everyday life in Germany whilst a continuing education event lasting several days in the course of the fellowship will enable you to acquire not only practical knowledge of climate protection but also expertise in management.
Subject to final agreement to provide funding, 20 fellowships can be granted.
Submit an application by 15 March 2014. The fellowship will begin on 1 March 2015.
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Headway Scholarship programme goes global ! Win a 2-week teacher training course in Oxford

Please read the email sent to us by The Headway Team !!



Headway Scholarship programme goes global!
Win a 2-week teacher training course in Oxford


Since 2004, the Headway Scholarship programme has given teachers from individual countries a very special professional development experience. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, the 2014 competition is open to all Headway teachers, wherever you are!

Theme “Headway makes a difference – to students, to teachers and to the community.”

You can illustrate your own personal Headway story with a presentation, video, photo collage, podcast - whatever best captures the spirit of Headway for you.

The prize is a place on the English Language Teachers Summer School, a 2-week course held at Exeter College, Oxford in July 2014. Up to four teachers will win a place on the course, including a return flight, accommodation, and a certificate from Oxford University on completion of the course.





You can read what Liz Soars herself thinks about the Headway Scholarship programme by reading her blog post here.

We look forward to hearing how Headway has made a difference in your life. Enter the competition before 31st January 2014 to have a chance of winning.

Good luck,

The Headway Team
Oxford University Press
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Teach For Nepal: Vacancy Announcement

Teach For Nepal is hiring Recruitment & Selection Manager and Leadership Development Managers.
Please follow the link for detailed information: http://www.teachfornepal.org/careers/

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EarthCorps 2014 International Corps Member Application now Open

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2014 INTERNATIONAL CORPS PROGRAM

Dear ­­­­­­All, this is the copy-pasted info from the Earth Corps.

EarthCorps is now recruiting for their 2014 International Corps Members! If you or someone you know might be interested in applying, please pass along the following position announcement:

EarthCorps offers a six-month service learning program in Seattle, Washington, USA that brings together emerging environmental leaders to learn the fundamentals of environmental service, community building and leadership. EarthCorps charges no tuition for its services and in fact supplies insurance, individual host families, food, gear and a monthly stipend to all international participants.

Before you apply, please note that EarthCorps is required by the US government to ensure that every applicant meets strict criteria in order to qualify for a US J-1 Trainee visa. EarthCorps has established the following criteria to be considered for their program:

  • Between 18-28 years old
  • No Criminal Record
  • Conversational English
  • Four year college degree in the environmental field and one year of work experience in the environmental field OR five years of work experience in the environmental field
TO APPLY:
Applicants can now use their online application to start, edit and complete their application to EarthCorps. Click here for more information and for application instructions.
 

DEADLINES AND START DATES:

  • Application deadline: December 20, 2013
  • Participant selection: February and March 2014
  • EarthCorps Program start date: June 2014
  • EarthCorps Program graduation: mid-December 2014
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Free Online Course on Social Entrepreneurship !

Our Team Mate Mr. Tek Bahadur Bohra is taking free and awesome online course from 'iversity'. Please take the online course on social entrepreneurship  with him. He has shared following information.

Education. Online. Free. — Enrol now! The world-class courses that allow students to learn in an efficient and effective way from the best professors around the globe. Link: https://iversity.org/courses?r=ddcd5

Happy Learning !
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Indigenous Peoples' Rights e-learning course (6 November-17 December 2013)

UPEACE-HRC Team, United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica has mentioned that they still have vacant seats for the course.

This 6-week instructor-led course is offered in both English and Spanish. Please find a course description and more information below. 
6 November-17 December 2013

This certificate course organised jointly by HREA and the Human Rights Centre of the UN-mandated University for Peace will address the broad spectrum of issues involved in the field of indigenous peoples' rights, beginning with who qualifies to be "indigenous peoples", the scope of their right to self-determination, the international and regional legal frameworks for the protection of their rights and the challenges associated therewith, and the debates surrounding the concept of indigenous governance.

This e-learning course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, interaction with students and instructor on discussion boards, quizzes and webinars. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning.

After this course, participants will be able to:
  • identify and apply the international law for protection of indigenous peoples' rights in specific contexts;
  • analyse divergent interests in policy making on indigenous governance models;
  • analyse and prepare reports on indigenous peoples' rights in the context of human development, human security and the MDGs;
  • apply the John Ruggie framework for business and human rights in the context of indigenous peoples' rights. 
Course outline

Week 1: Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Identity and the Right to Self-determination
Week 2: International and Regional Legal Framework for Indigenous Peoples' Rights
Week 3: Indigenous Governance
Week 4: Indigenous Peoples, Human Security and Human Development
Week 5: Indigenous Peoples Rights and Business Corporations
Week 6: Traditional Knowledge, Intellectual Property Rights and Indigenous Peoples

For more detailed information and online registration, please visit:
www.hrea.org/indigenous-peoples-rights.

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6 noviembre-17 diciembre 2013 

Este curso organizado por HREA y el Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad para la Paz abordará el amplio espectro de cuestiones relacionadas con los derechos de los pueblos indígenas, a partir de la definición de "pueblos indígenas", el alcance de su derecho a la libre determinación, los marcos jurídicos internacionales y regionales de protección de sus derechos y los retos asociados a los mismos.

Este curso en línea requiere aproximadamente 30 horas de lectura, interacción con los estudiantes y los instructores en los foros de discusión, presentaciones y algunos exámenes cortos y "webinars". El curso se basa en un enfoque de aprendizaje activo y participativo, con énfasis en la reflexión crítica y el aprendizaje grupal por la interacción entre compañeros.

Después de este curso, los participantes serán capaces de: 
  • identificar y aplicar derecho internacional para proteger los derechos de los pueblos indígenas en contextos específicos;
  • analizar intereses distintas en los debates sobre la política de la gobernanza indígena;
  • analizar y preparar informes sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas en el contexto del desarrollo humano, la seguridad humana y los ODM;
  • aplicar el sistema John Ruggie para las empresas y los derechos humanos en el contexto de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas. 
Contenido del curso 
Semana 1: Los pueblos indígenas, la identidad indígena y el derecho a la libre determinación  
Semana 2: Marco legal internacional y regional de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas 
Semana 3: Gobernabilidad indígena  
Semana 4: Pueblos indígenas, seguridad humana, género, desarrollo humano  
Semana 5: Derechos de los pueblos indígenas y las corporaciones de negocios  
Semana 6: Conocimientos tradicionales, los derechos de propiedad intelectual y pueblos indígenas    

Más información: www.hrea.org/derechos-pueblos-indigenas o consulten este folleto
Para información sobre los cursos de HREA, por favor visiten: www.hrea.org/courses. Para información sobre los cursos ofrecidos con UPAZ, por favor visiten:www.hrea.org/upeace
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Online Credit Courses : Free and Splendid !

Education. Online. Free. — Enrol now! and earn money !
It is amazing if you learn for free, get credits for most of the universities of the world, and earn while you invite friends for the course and while you write a blog.
iversity - the organisation behind the  course

You may enroll in any of the courses below. Signing is easy, you can sign in by using your facebook account as well. The courses are made live by the team of educationists from Berlin called 'iversity' whose lectures and assessments are recognised by many of the universities worldwide.

Courses (Please choose by clicking any of the courses below and register.)

1) Design 101 (or Design Basics) : in English (Art Studies)

2) Monte Carlo Methods in Finance : in English (Economics)

3) The Fascination of Crystals and Symmetry : in English (Chemistry)

4) Mathe-MOOC: Mathematisch denken! : in German (Mathematics)

5) The Future Of Storytelling : in English (Interdisciplinary)

6) The European Union in Global Governance : in English (Interdisciplinary)

7) Sectio chirurgica - 'Anatomie interaktiv' : in German (Medicine)

8) Changemaker MOOC - Social Entrepreneurship : in English (Interdisciplinary)

9) DNA - From Structure to Therapy : in English (Biology)

10) Internationales Agrarmanagement : in German (Agricultural Studies)

11) Modelling and Simulation using MATLAB® : in English (Interdisciplinary)

12) Web-Engineering I: Grundlagen der Web-Entwicklung : in German (Computer Science)

13) Web-Engineering II: Entwicklung mobiler HTML5-Apps : in German (Computer Science) 

14) Contemporary Architecture : in English (Architecture)

15) Grundlagen des Marketing : in German (Economics)

16) Algorithmen und Datenstrukturen : in German (Computer Science)

17) Political Philosophy: An Introduction : in English (Philosophy)

18) Dark Matter in Galaxies: The Last Mystery : in English (Physics)

19) Einführung in die Betriebswirtschaftslehre : in German (Economics)

20) The DO School Start-Up Lab : in English (Interdisciplinary)

21) Public Privacy: Cyber Security and Human Rights : in English (Political Sciences)

22) Vehicle Dynamics I: Accelerating and Braking : in English (Engineering)

23) Vehicle Dynamics II: Cornering : in English (Engineering)

24) Vehicle Dynamics III: Vertical oscillations: in English (Engineering)

25) Einführung in die Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung : in German (Statistics and Data Analysis)

HAPPY LEARNING !


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How One Woman Defied Tragedy to Reach Triumph (Teach for America Alumni's story)

Please see this youtube video and text quoted from Teach for America's Youtube Channel:


Teach For America alumni Julie Jackson's life was forever changed on December 13, 1983 when she learned of her father's murder. However, thanks to the lessons he taught her, she persevered through the tragedy, and has emerged as a leader in the movement to ensure all kids have access to an excellent education. 

Julie is the 2013 Peter Jennings Award Winner.

Source: Teach for America Youtube Channel
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Teaching in the hyper-connected world

Last week I had the most amazing experience of my life time. We have seen the world divided into many segments, not just in borders but in different ways. However, the most shocking factor to me was even developed nations like United States of America had one major pressing issue with country like Nepal (a developing nation in speed of tortoise). In terms of education all the nation's representative from 32 different nations had a same cause - One day each and every child would receive quality education.

The knowledge shared among these countries was of a great delight, overwhelmingly. Tom Friedman, a columnist in The New York Times and author of The World Is Flat, stunned everyone with the urgency for each and every representative to work more. He stated that in the hyper-connected world the AVERAGE performance is obsolete, let alone the poor performance. He was bold and humble to state that he doesn't consider just the few ones as contenders who write in other newspapers like The New York Times, but the million of people who have access to global information and can write challenging him anytime in any moment. Hence, he believes he needs to be equipped all the time with newer knowledge and information.

Friedman's message echoed further in the sessions and was accepted by all the representative from 32 nations and I believe is still haunting them even after returning to their respective countries. With it the challenge of providing each children education ended and bigger challenge of empowering them with knowledge that would empower them to take on any kind of advancement in the every growing hyper-connected world. The children in every school need to be provided contextual knowledge so that they would relate with the present situation and also skills like creativity and critical thinking so that they can contest in the global arena as well.

As a network, he stated Teach For programs in all the nations have an advantage of working together. He mentioned the hyper-connected world can be dealt through hyper-collaboration between all who same issues in their respective nation. My observation during multiple discussions with representative from different nation also suggests the same. I felt there was a significant level of similarity between South Asian and Hispanic countries. While saying that, there was at least one factor in which one nation spoke of same language with other 31.

Through humility, collaboration and sharing of knowledge within all the nations only can this hyper-connected world find best way in providing quality education to each and every children of the world. Technology is the only catalyst whose advancement can make this possible.

Thanks to Tom for enforcing the sense of urgency and sense of possibility with which everyone felt necessity of more connection and collaboration.

Let's care, share and grow together.

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Study 4 years B.A. in Fine Arts @ Tribhuvan University

Tribhuvan University - Kathmandu is one of the worlds largest universities in terms of number of students. The university complex located in Kirtipur (5 minutes drive SW from Kathmandu) and constituent campuses and affiliated campuses located across the country accommodate almost 95 percent of university aspirants of Nepal.

Lalitkala Campus (Campus of Fine Art), a public campus under Tribhuvan University,  published an advert today in Kantipur Daily. The advert was about call for new applications from prospective students for 4 years Bachelors Degree in Fine Art for following specialisations:

  1. artwork/portraiture
  2. graphic communication
  3. sculpture
  4. singing
  5. tabala
  6. sitar
I have written this piece of blog because an idea came in my mind that Fine Art plays important role in transformation of society. Many potentials are there in Nepal and the world who have capacity to do something innovative for the society through fine art. I know a friend of mine who was studying B.Sc in Environment Sciences and Fine Art in parallel; and of course he is multi-talented.

Lalitkala Campus
Campus of Fine Art
 Bhotahity, Kathmandu
Source: artnepal.net
The campus is located in Bhotahity (2 minutes walk NW from Ratnapark, now called Sankhadhar Park) at the heart of city. The campus building looks that it is fragile. Yet it is strong. The number of students play an important role in infrastructure development of the campuses/universities. However, the faculty team are well experienced and dedicated people who have capacity to lead the aspirants to achieve the capacity to do something innovative in fine art sector that is handy in positive change in the world society.

If you are interested in getting admitted in any of the specialisation degrees of BA in Fine Art, please go to the door of campus administration. I did not see any phone numbers, email addresses, and websites of the campus. (UPDATE May 2015: They have now website: http://lalitkalacampus.edu.np/)

International students can also join the degrees. All they have to do is, visit Kathmandu personally. Nationals from many countries are issued tourist visa at the immigration desk in Kathmandu Airport and major border points. However, it is illegal to stay in Nepal without visa except for Indian nationals. The campus administration assists them in getting admitted. Eligibility of your certificates can be verified by Department of International Affairs located in Tribhuvan University Complex, Kirtipur.

General Eligibility Criteria:
1) 12 years of schooling 
2) Aptitude on related art

Have a successful study and career ahead !

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ONE WEEK INTENSIVE PROGRAM ON 'EDUCATION AND VALUES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WITH THE EARTH CHARTER' : 20-24 Jan 2014

Introduction

Under the framework of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter and the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development, this program offers an opportunity to deepen understanding on role of education in fostering a culture of sustainability. The program introduces the concept of sustainable development and its implications for education, learning, and change. It explores practical methods for introducing the values of sustainability, in a holistic and integrative approach, to schools and classrooms. 

This program will offer you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and experience of:
  • The Earth Charter principles
  • ESD and The Earth Charter Pedagogy
  • The sustainability vision articulated in the Earth Charter
  • Resource Materials that you can use in your teaching
Application & Praxis:
  • Develop a placed-based ESD curriculum using the Earth Charter
  • Strategically integrate ESD and the Earth Charter into learning environments
  • Case Studies, Lesson Learned and Current Research trends
  • Build on the most recent understanding from the neurosciences to inform teaching
Return Home with:
  • Skills, resources and support for implementing or extending ESD initiatives
  • Deeper understanding of ESD and the Earth Charter
  • A Certification of ESD with the Earth Charter (CEU credits will be available)
  • An extended network of new partners and professionals practicing ESD advocacy
Experience:
  • Immersion into Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter
  • Engagement with like-minded individuals committed to the practices of sustainability education.
  • Practical knowledge for engaging ESD and the Earth Charter in multiple settings
  • A sensory engagement with nature in beautiful Costa Rica.
  • The joy of learning that is integrated with imagination and creativity.

You can download the syllabus here.

Watch a video of Dr. Crowell talking about this course.



Watch this video from the May 2013 session of the same class.

  

Dates: 20 to 24 January 2014

Tuition: US$1,900* (This tuition fee includes course materials, a field trip, refreshments, lunches and the local transportation). 

10% discount for registration by two months before the course and 30% discount for registration for a group of three or more participants.

Limited places available!

All participants will be awarded a certificate upon completion of the course. CEU credits will be available. 

Facilitators

Dr. Sam Crowell is professor emeritus of education at California State University–San Bernardino and a founder and co-director of the MA in Holistic and Integrative Education and the Center for Holistic and Integrative Learning. He has worked as an elementary school teacher, a principal, an administrator, and a university professor. He considers himself a holistic educator and an advocate of the artistry of teaching. He has been actively engaged with Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter and co-authored the book, The Re-Enchantment of Learning: A Manual for Teacher Renewal and Classroom Transformation published by Corwin Press, and just released his new book, "Emergent Teaching: A Path of Creativity, Significance, and Transformation" 

Mirian Vilela is the Executive Director of the Earth Charter International Secretariat and the Center for Education for Sustainable Development at UPEACE. Mirian has been working with the Earth Charter Initiative since early 1996. She is coordinating the newly established UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter. She is also a member of the UNESCO Expert Reference Group for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) and has been a visiting professor on Sustainable Development at the University for Peace since 2005. Over the years she has lead and facilitated numerous international workshops, courses, and seminars on values and principles for sustainability. Mirian holds a Master´s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was an Edward Mason Fellow. She is originally from Brazil.

Why participate in sustainability training?

The need for sustainability education stems from real life problems that affect all levels of societies around the world. Incorporating Earth Charter values into our lives and communities can move societies towards a better, more sustainable future.  Some of the benefits of this program are:
  • Expanding your expertise in the field of sustainability education and ethics.
  • Augmenting your ability to foster social growth in your community.
  • Acquiring tools that assist in implementing sustainability education.
  • Networking within the global community of Earth Charter educators.
Why choose the Earth Charter? 

The Earth Charter serves as a practical ethical framework that can be easily integrated into any curriculum or classroom activity. The Earth Charter is a document that was a result of a decade-long, global effort to articulate the values and principles of sustainable development. The ethical vision of these fundamental principles expresses a universal aspiration for a just, peaceful, and sustainable future, in order to promote the transition to more sustainable ways of living. In 2004, UNESCO adopted a Resolution (Reference 32C/17) which includes the following:

  • Recognize the Earth Charter as an important ethical framework for sustainable development, and acknowledge its ethical principles, its objectives and its contents, as an expression that coincides with UNESCO’s vision set forth in its Medium-Term Strategy for 2002-2007.
  • Affirm the Member States’ intention to utilize the Earth Charter as an educational tool, particularly in the framework of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

The new Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development offers training at the intersection of education, sustainability, and Earth Charter values. The center is designed by highly qualified instructors, who are committed to assist educators to improve their work, deepen their sustainability profile, and learn how to integrate and apply ethics as an essential element of education. The new facility is located at the UN mandated University for Peace and it is within one of the biggest natural reserves of the Costa Rican Central Valley, 30 km/20 miles outside of the capital, San José. The new Center has been designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard. It is the first educational facility in Costa Rica to receive a LEED certificate.



Accommodation

The cost for accommodation can range from US$50 to US$115 per day depending on what kind of accommodation you select. Please note that these are special rates offered to our organization. Once you register to the course we will assist you with the process of selecting and booking the hotel.  If you prefer, we can also arrange your stay with a Costa Rican family in the nearby town, Ciudad Colón. We can also arrange your stay with a Costa Rican family in nearby town, Ciudad Colón.

Payment

The tuition fee must be paid in full at the latest two weeks before the beginning of the course, otherwise you risk losing your spot in the course.

If you have already registered and paid the tuition fee, but can no longer attend the programme, please get in touch with us. It might be possible to transfer your registration and payment to another person from your organization or to another course.  80% of your tuition will be refunded only if we receive your cancellation two weeks in advance.

Program cancelation

If for some reason the programme is canceled or postponed, 100% of your payment will be reimbursed. However, Earth Charter International and the Earth Charter Center for ESD are not responsible for the reimbursement of travel tickets.

Travel insurance

Participants should carry health and life insurance. Earth Charter International and the Earth Charter Center for ESD are not responsible for covering medical treatment.

Click here to apply!
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WEBINAR: ESD AND TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING

On Tuesday, October 15th, Earth Charter International is offering a free webinar on Education for Sustainable Development and Transformative Learning. In this webinar, panelists will talk about transformative learning and how education for sustainable development promotes cultural transformations. The expert panelists are Daniella Tilbury (University of Gloucestershire), Mark Hathaway (writer and researcher from OISE/Toronto University), and Dr. Sam Crowell (California State University in San Bernardino). The session will be moderated by Earth Charter International Executive Director Mirian Vilela.

This webinar is a prelude to the January 2014 executive program: Education and Values for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter. This program and this webinar are organized by the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development and fall under the aegis of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter.

You can access the webinar at 4PM UTC/GMT on October 15th through the following link (Please remember to check your local time):

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What I found in 'Changu Museum'

a model of Medievel Balance
found in Changu Museum, Bhaktapur, Nepal
I visited ChanguNarayan (an UNESCO World Heritage Site) located in the eastern Hills of Bhaktapur District, Nepal in Spring of 2013. The hill is famous for the artistic medieval temple of Lord Vishnu (Narayan) said to be built by King Manadev. Recent claims have been coming in news and archaeological discourses that King Hari Datta Verma built the temple as early as 325 AD.

Just before you enter the square of the temple, you see a 'Changu Museum' managed by local people which makes you aware of many facts informations about ancient and medieval Nepal.

A picture that I have posted here is all about the 'science' in it. I forgot when was such balance used in Nepal, but I saw a principle of lever here:

<< Load x Load Distance = Effort x Effort Distance >>

The plate can be considered as load in which food stuffs can be measured against the effort (the woody mass on another end). If more mass had to be measured, the plate's end would be slid towards the string (fulcrum) that hangs the lever.

This signifies that medieval Nepal had science in it, which can still be studied as many of those articles and monuments are conserved well. Learning science through ancient articles and monuments can be another idea in project based learning.
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Atithi Devo Bhavah (Guest’s are God)

By Suresh Mukhiya
Author: Suresh Mukhiya
Email: ssureshmukhiya@gmail.com
Mobile: 9819939306

Last Friday we all witnessed 33rd World Tourism Day which was celebrated for the first time in September 27, 1980 by The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) because that date had once coincided with an important milestone in world tourism i.e. the anniversary of the adoption of the UNWTO Statutes on September 27, 1970. And viewing all the activities and announcements of Nepal Tourism Board throughout the day, I too remembered an incident and thought to share this experience with you all.

Actually while I was in college in 2008, on a very fine day, I along with some of my college friends had gone to Thamel (one of the most highlighted tourist destination of Kathmandu, Nepal). There I had viewed a scenario which was absolutely strange for me at that time but normal for now, may be it was my first encounter with the external world like that. Anyways a shopkeeper of an art-craft shop was very confidently demanding the price which was 5th times more than its real price and those customers were happily paying the price. I can say this because just some minutes before I too had asked the price of that crafted mug and had knew the real price. Later that scholar shopkeeper had very intelligently cleared my confusion and made me understand the whole story, those customers were tourists and they don’t have any idea about the price of things in Nepal. I am still confused, was that the only reason behind their unequal treatment with the customer? This may be very innocent question but at the same time it’s a significant query as well.

To Say we have solely adopted the Sanskrit verse “Atithi Devo Bhavah (Guests are God)” but when it comes to respect in real world, we have been witnessing people violating its actual meaning with fraud act with them. Each tourist services affiliated to the Nepal Tourism Board(NTB) has a sort of oath or say commitment like if any tourist will face any type of difficulties then they will be available for their assistance but is that possible for any tourist to complain till they don’t know the actual problem. As officially there isn’t any procedure through which tourists can have particular information about the price of goods in local market. Some says, “Tourism Board of Nepal has maintained the facility of tourist guide to solve such error”. But you won’t believe, those tourist guides have some sorts of setting or say commission fixation for bringing the tourist up to those shops to make them pay high price avoiding the fact that if this system will get prevailing then after some years that illegal price will become the real market price. In this way, no doubt it will invite recession and only we Nepalese have to face it.

This isn’t any hidden fact that because of Nepal’s heart throbbing attributes, tourism is the largest industry as well as the source of foreign exchange and revenue for Nepal. Large sections of our country are found to be involved on tourism. It’s the main source of economic sustenance after agriculture as it has given employment to 42% of the total working population of Nepal.

According to revenue statistics published by The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal in July 2009, the total gross foreign exchange earnings in convertible currency from tourism earnings in 2008 was 351,968,000(US dollars) a remarkable increase of 52.6% compared to the earning in 2007. If revenue statistic is to believe, Nepalese tourism had earned US $368.773 million or Rs 32.45224 billion in 2011 and has witnessed decrement of 3.3% i.e. US $356,725 million or Rs 31.3918 billion during the year 2012 which is a direct alarm that we have started to lack the expectation through dull hospitality system .

I had read in newspaper, The World Travel and Tourism Council(WTTC) report has projected that the travel trade sector’s contribution to the country’s total employment will rise by 7 percent in 2013 and also Nepal is expected to attract 946,000 international tourists in 2013. But WTTC is unaware that if such type of money minded tourist guides will be given employment and several precautions shouldn’t be taken at time then expected tourist’s arrival won’t be possible.

Government should hardly step up some measures to monitor this basic mismanagement in tourism industry and adopt some security so that not even a single tourist will depart with disappointments from Nepal. Otherwise that day won’t be far when there will be dual price system of a same commodity, one for those tourist and next for Nepalese and later because of those tourist’s high purchasing capacity, Nepalese citizen will be untouched with our own production and will start to depend upon imports which will indirectly affect the Nation as well.
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