Building A Planetary Culture
Peace And Global Citizenship

Project: The Himalayan Education Program for Young Canadians: A Canadian NGO’s Experiences with Global Citizenship Education
In 1997, the Trans Himalayan Aid Society (TRAS), a NGO based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada implemented a non-formal education program for Canadian youth called the Himalayan Education Program for Young Canadians (HEPYC).

The objectives of HEPYC are:
· to educate youth about the nature and purpose of sustainable development projects run by local people in the Himalayan region of Nepal
· to instill in the youth a sense of global, planetary citizenship

TRAS, with the assistance of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), has sponsored groups of Canadian high school students to go to Nepal to experience first-hand projects that are initiated and run by local Nepalese people, and partially funded by TRAS and CIDA. To facilitate the youth’s learning about global, international development and citizenship issues, HEPYC incorporates experiential and participatory educational activities into the program. The program has three phases: a pre-training in Vancouver over six months, a 3-week program in Nepal, and a 12-month educational outreach component designed and implemented by the youth in Canada after returning from Nepal. The HEPYC program is based on the principles and practices of Global Education. HEPYC addresses the following aspects of Global Education: the temporal dimension, the spatial dimension, the issues dimension and the inner dimension.

TRAS is implementing new youth citizenship and global education programs. In particular, TRAS is beginning to form linkages with public high schools, and to act as a resource for teachers who want to incorporate educational activities on international development and global issues into their classrooms.
Name of the Project
The Himalayan Education Program for Young Canadians: A Canadian NGO’s Experiences with Global Citizenship Education
Institution in charge of the project
Trans Himalayan Aid Society (TRAS), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Contact Person
Jennifer Hales - MA Candidate, OISE/UT

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