English Access students celebrate Eid festival
On August 11, 2013, all the Access teachers and students observed EID, 2013 in the Access Classroom, Birgunj. The students decorated the classroom with different mosaic drawings, and made Moon with a text 'Happy Eid' under it. The students performed different sorts of dances and sang in a group. They learnt to celeberate Eid with great pomp and show. The students expressed Eid wishes to each other. Later on, the teachers made them learn the significance of celeberating Eid and the meaning of intercultural harmony. The students had a Eid special dish i.e., ‘’Sebai’’ after the closing of the event.
Access Students Involved in Making Rakhi to Mark Raksha Bandhan
Birgunj-based Access students were involved in English practice with a creative activity of cultural value on August 4, 2012. Rakhi is an ornamental amulet that sisters tie on the right wrist of brothers to mark Raksha Bandhan, one of the Hindu festivals of good significance. Students were divided into four different groups. They were given different materials such as cardboard, gems, adhesive and lace, and were asked to make Rakhis of big sizes. They were given hints how to cut the paper decoratively and arrange other materials. Then, they started to make Rakhis of their own design.
Access Participate in the Talk Program
English Access students from Birgunj Access center participated in a talk program organized by American corner, Birgunj on October 30, 2012. Access students and teachers visited American Corner, Birgunj and attended a presentation facilitated by Mr. Kurt A. Larsen, Public Affairs Assistant, U.S. Embassy, Kathmandu. Mr. Larsen’s talk was focused on the U.S. Presidential election process. The talk was interesting and informative for it was guided by the interactive mode. Access students asked different questions related to the election system. They became familiar about the Electoral College, popular votes, election campaign system and the vote casing system in the U.S.
English Access students involve in the U. S. Mock Election
On October 31, 2012, Access students took part in the U.S. Mock Election by playing different roles, practicing English and learning about the U.S. election system that is scheduled to be held on November 6, 2012. There were 110 non-Access students and 40 Access students to make the mock election program a grand success. For students to have fair practice, two candidates of group “A” were asked to raise their hands for the chairpersons. Then, two of them were selected as vice-chairs, secretaries, treasurers, and three members from groups “B” and “A” alternatively including girls and boys. The two teams were selected their motto and discussed the American election issues. From the first group, Love Rajbanshi represented Barack Obama, the presidential candidate of Democratic party and from the second team, Nitesh Mehta represented Mitt Romney of Republican party. On the very day of the mock election the presidential candidates, as well as some members, delivered speeches focusing on the election issues before other students asking for votes carrying the photos of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. They prepared the election logos on their own. Thereafter, they were called out for the queue on lottery basis with their badges. Out of 150, three students represented each state. In this way, all the 150 students casted vote representing 50 different states consisting 3 members from each. The counting was done state-wise and the result was displayed accorrdingly. Nitesh Mehta, the representative of Mitt Romney won the election by obtaining 286 electoral votes against 252 ones. Mr. Love the presidential candidate representing Barack Obama congratulated to Nitesh Mehta on the victory. The oath taking ceremony was held and Nitesh Mehta, the elected president, gave his speech in front of the whole group. The winner was awarded with prize and finally Ramabadhesh Ray, the focal person as well as Access teacher and Suresh Kumar Shrestha, Access teacher made a remark highlighting students' learning.
Access students involve in a Traffic Week
On March 2, 2013, Access students from Access Birgunj Center got involved in Traffic Week which is celebrated every year to make people (esp. the students of schools) aware of traffic rules and regulations as well as the consequences of not obeying the rules of safety. All the Access students taking part in the program were instructed by the traffic police officers about traffic rules and their benefits as well as how to follow and make people follow them standing at the side of the road. Most of them were given a slash and a whistle along with some hand-outs to distribute. Then, they were assigned to do their duties at the side of the road at Ghantaghar and to the north of it for traffic management. They did their duties from 9 am to 11am with great zeal and zest and also observed closing ceremony at 4 pm. The traffic police thanked all the Access students for their involvement to make a traffic week a success. This involvement helped Access students become aware of traffic rules and regulations as they got to learn those rules by getting involved themselves in the very program. It was to make students’ more conscious about the traffic rules all people must abide by for their own safety.
Currently, there are 40 students and 4 teachers in this center. The venue is National Academy, Birgunj, Parsa, Nepal.