Training of Trainers(ToT) 2017
Forum for Nation Building Nepal organized three days residential Training of Trainers(ToT) under the project 'Enhancing and Accelerating Access to Justice of theEarthquake Victims of Sindhupalchowk, Gorkha and Kathmandu Valley of Nepal Through Community Mobile Legal Clinic and Advocacy' on 25 th to 27 th March 201 at Dhulikhel. There were total sixty four participants (29 Male and 35 Female) in the training who were lawyers, social mobilizers, social activists, law students and psychology students. The participants were provided training on how the mobile clinic can play a vital role in the life of earthquake victims, methods to organize community mobile legal clinic, the refined policies and provisions of government for earthquake victims, loan and banking procedures, way to handle cases from legal and psycho-social aspects and challenges that may emerge in the clinic. The trainers were law professors, senior lawyers, official from Nepal Rastra Bank, officials from National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), Engineer, human rights experts and psycho-social counselor.
The training was facilitated by advocate Rupa Upreti. In the beginning of training, an informal welcome and introduction of organization, project and Community Mobile Legal Clinic was given by the president of FNB Nepal Advocate Nirmal Kumar Upreti. He ensured that the skills needed to work in community i.e. drafting, advocacy, psycho- social counseling, legal framework and mechanisms etc will be taught to participants within three days training. He also made clarity on how community mobile legal clinic will be an effective tool in solving ground level problems and legal issues of earthquake victims.Even though some of the earthquake victims have received the grant from government, many of the other victims are out of reach of those provisions of grant and facilities given by government. Some of them still do not have access to information regarding updated decision made by government like increment in grant amount making it three lakhs, provision of complaint form etc. However, the problem doesn’t only exist here. The issues of victims from mountain and upper hill region, issues of landless people, family living in different flat of same house with only one land, Disabled and old age people has not been addressed by the government. Hereby, advocacy is must to highlight ground issues of people from different earthquake affected areas to government ensuring the access to justice of all the earthquake victims regardless of their ethnicity, age, gender, geographical area, background and physical ability. The training was more an interaction among participants and trainer. The major resource people of the training were Professor Prakash KC, Senior Advocate Bijay Kant Mainali, Asst. Director of Nepal Rastra Bank Mr. Ramsharan Pokherel, Psyco Social Counselor Ms. Prativa Sharma, Human Rights Activist and Advocate Bishnu Khatri, Under- secretary from NRA Mr. Dharma Raj Kuikel, Section Officer Mr. Lal Bahadur Basnet and Associate Professor Anil Kumar Shrestha. Different legal and psycho social issues emerged after earthquake was discussed individually. The participants engaged themselves in the group work of psycho social counseling as well. Different team was created from participants to perform group work. Each team was given individual cases; we faced in the clinic to perform role play after the informative sessions. Each team performed well and handled cases as per the information and techniques provided in the training. The training was very effective to build the bridge between vulnerable community and legal and psychology profession. The training was able to aware participants about the root issues of earthquake victims from multiple geographical areas. The Training also provided information of legal instrument regarding earthquake victims and case studies, introduced importance of psycho social counseling, positive attitude, drafting skills and the importance of community mobile legal clinic. The closing of the program was successfully done after the feedback collection through individual perspective of participants and survey answers.