Beyond Borders

Beyond Borders is a program that aims to empower learners to become independent, well-informed and proactive individuals. By giving emphasis on enhancing their empathetic understanding and indulging them into social issues, the program intends to groom them as change-makers. Beyond Borders is a common platform for learners around the world for exploring and improving their potential through open communication, idea sharing and exchange of cultural norms and values in an amicable environment.

 

  • Ally group

Acceptance and inclusion start by talking about it. Prism Peers is an ally group discussion that encourages individuals to speak and learn about the LGBTQIA+ community. Understanding their history, lifestyle and challenges makes our allyship stronger and thus makes the community more united. We have conducted two ally group discussions with a total of 22 allies. 

  • Affinity group

Expanding our safe space, Canopy Nepal launched its first affinity group discussion for the members of LGBTQIA+ community. Facilitated by Dr. Clement Gomes, a gender and sexuality science educator from New York, Prism Peers affinity group is a safe space for individuals of all ages to share their stories and uplift one another. With a total of 6 affinity members, we conduct a meeting every three weeks.

Beyond Borders: Lockdown Learners is two days long sessions in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. With the main aim to enhance learners’ knowledge and awareness on global and national issues, this program compromises on group discussion and Socratic Seminar. Through this, students will strengthen their critical thinking, empathetic understanding, teamwork, healthy competition, speaking skills as well as confidence. 

Till now, we have conducted two editions of Beyond Borders: Lockdown Learners on the topic “trafficking in humans” with the students of Kaasthamandap Vidhyalaya, Kathmandu World School, Rupy’s International School and Uniglobe College. 

Amidst a global pandemic, online classes started in most schools and universities. People were torn between admiring the initiation and questioning the decision. Canopy Nepal, in collaboration with Peace First, conducted a safe online discussion session for youths of Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to share your thoughts on online classes and their effects on mental health. The discussion was held to help youths empathize with one another as well as everyone in Nepal and around the globe.

Aiming to make students global citizens form a young age, our letter exchange programs connect students from Nepal with the students in the USA via letters and video exchanges. Learners talk about their festivals, traditions, religion, values, food, school culture, family life and so much more while being pen pals for a year. With the 116 students that we have connected over the past two years, students have not only grown more aware and empathetic about a new culture but also have enhanced their writing skills, self-expression and communication skills.

Aiming to aware young learners about the negative impacts of excessive use of social media, especially during COVID-19, on our mental health, ‘Depression Doesn’t Have a Face’ was a program in collaboration with Peace First. The session allowed participants to share their personal experiences and learn from one another. The session’s highlight was the Emotional First Aid Kit in which learners designed one that best suited them. With tips to clam the body and mind, this session created a space for students of St.Mary’s High School, Kathmandu World School, Kaasthamandap Vidhyalaya, GEMS Institute of Higher Education, Ullens School and more to self-reflection as well. 

 

Discussions on Social Issues

Safe Space Discussions 

  • Trafficking in humans
  • Inclusion of LGBTQIA+ community 
  • Safe space discussions on:
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Psychological disorder
  • Inclusion of minority group 
“I had an opportunity to attend the first day of the 3 day series of Beyond Borders: Lockdown Series. The program was well presented. I am confident that it broadened students' understanding of various dimensions of human trafficking and deepened their knowledge of SDGs. Not only such programs boost their confidence but also make them aware and conscious of what's happening in the world.”
Elisha Shrestha
Social Teacher, Kaasthamandap Vidhyalaya
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