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Nov 16, 2016

Technical training on accessibility & universal designed organized

As part of capacity development initiatives, NFDN organized a two days technical training on accessibility and universal design to constructional professionals, technical persons (engineers, architects and others) from government offices and universities. The event took place during November 14-15, 2016 at United World Trade Centre in Kathmandu Nepal.

The main objective of the training was to strengthen the knowledge and skills of constructional professionals/technical person and relevant stakeholders (Government of Nepal, DPOs, Universities, Private Institutions) on accessibility and universal design principles.

A participant presenting the findings of group discussion

The training included participants from the following target groups:

Government authorities: Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), District Development Committee, Kathmandu (DDC) – mainly engineers (architects) who are familiar with national building codes, urban development, open to learning accessibility since some of them have been getting involved with the designs of public places/parks, sidewalks, malls, buildings, accessible public toilets.

DPOs: National Federation of the Disabled, Nepal(NFDN), Centre for Independent Living (CIL), Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA) – they are the advocates/campaigners of accessibility and they are familiar with its accessible requirements but not with universal design; and have good experience of practices and collaboration to each other.

University professors and students:  Kathmandu University (KU) and Tribhuwan University (TU) – they are the new learners and their knowledge is in engineering (structural engineers). Professors and lecturers also attended the training.

In total, 23 participants attended the training.

Participants of the Technical Training on Accessibility

The workshop was divided in 8 interactive sessions designed to encourage dialogue, learning experience and exchanges between participants. The whole training was mainly facilitated by Benjamin Dard, Advisor for accessibility, DID team, Technical Unit, CBM International Office. Other facilitators were Krishnna Sunar, Disability inclusion officer of CBM Nepal, Manish Prasain, Admin manager of NFDN and Bimal Paudel, Program Coordinator of NFDN.

Team of facilitators came to a conclusion that training was successful and very relevant. Interactive sessions, good representation of participants, training materials were key for successful event. Following were some of the recommendations of the event that could help for future trainings:

  1. Ensure participation of professionals who have an impact on decision making such as approval of plans or creation of curriculums.
  2. Ensure participation of universities in every training including teachers and students as they have shown great ability, reactiveness and interest in designing innovative ideas and implementing accessibility.
  3. Ensure follow up with participants as the training may create opportunity for further initiatives - for instance, teachers committed to develop courses on universal to their students. Institutions like engineering colleges should also be targeted.
  4. Ensure the regular follow up and further collaboration with KMC, MoUD and DDC staffs to have a better implementation of the learning into practice.
  5. Ensure further engagement of the training participants from KMC, MoUD, DDC, KU and TU into the upcoming activities like access labelling and auditing that can strengthen the better collaboration to have influence in implementation level.

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