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    The team from Nepal at the ICA-AP office.

 

 

The fifth cooperative principle, ‘Education, Training and Information,’ speaks of how cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees for their effective contribution to the development of the cooperatives. The principle also emphasizes informing the general public (particularly young people and opinion leaders) about the nature and benefits of cooperation.

 

The National Cooperative Federation (NCF), in cooperation with the Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, and Tribhuvan University plans to develop a ‘cooperative curriculum’ to be incorporated in the formal education system.  Ms. Om Devi Malla, Vice chairperson, NCF; Prof. Dilli R. Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Management, Tribhuvan University; and Mr. Khilanath Dhamala, Curriculum Officer, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology visited ICA-AP office to exchange ideas on the design and scope of curriculum on cooperatives in schools and universities of Nepal. The team visited the National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI), where NCUI shared material on the Indian cooperative movement, the overall education system in India as well as the certificate courses run by NCUI on cooperatives. The meeting provided the starting point for collaboration between the two national apexes on mainstreaming cooperative education in the formal education system in Nepal. The team also visited the Department of Economics and Cooperative Management in Mysore University; a renowned university established more than a century ago! The representatives from Mysore University shared their experiences of introducing cooperative management courses and their own interventions in introducing cooperatives in school curriculum.