Student Talent Empowerment Project (STEP)

Monday, December 12, 2014
Wind Power

As an extension to the environmental education and training sector of our company, WPN is piloting the Student Talent Empowerment Program (STEP) to enhance the capacity of children and youth to (re)build and develop Barpak village sustainably and efficiently (Barpak was the epicenter of the April 25, 2015 earthquake in Nepal). STEP utilizes a Participatory Rural Appraisal approach, that highly involves Barpak children and youth’s collective decision making, and implementation, which promotes ownership of the project. This is done through various activities, such as contests held for children and youth that serve as a needs assessment, which simultaneously gathers information on the needs of the community through beneficiary eyes, while also empowering beneficiaries through skills-based training that will be used to launch their own future development projects in Barpak. STEP’s final stages includes knowledge transfer from development experts, resource distribution, and supported implementation of locally born development ideas.  STEP was inspired by Build Camp, Story Cycle’s grassroots approach to rehabilitation, and Bir Bahadur Ghale, an innovative engineer who implemented the first micro-hydro power plant in rural villages of Nepal when he was in his twenties. STEP will be implemented in May 2016, and WPN looks forward to monitoring and reporting the lessons learned from the project to not only enhance WPN’s internal database, but to also implement future development projects with appropriate foresight.

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