Kan Yan

Kan Yan (Backward Society Education – BASE): Kan graduated with a BA in Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. During this time, Kan conducted research on the education of Turkish students in Berlin, interned for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former-Yugoslavia, interned for the Texas Speaker of the House on state education, and worked part-time for an anti-private prison campaign. After he graduated, Kan undertook a year of exploring, teaching, traveling, and learning languages. He then enrolled in Harvard Law School where he studying for a joint degree (with the Fletcher School) when he undertook his AP fellowship. In 2008, Kan advised a Karen NGO working on land issues within Burma. After his fellowship, Kan wrote: “It was really nourishing in a way I can't quite put into words.”

BASE’s Approach to Advocacy

24 Jul

Because child labor is a burning issue in Nepal, BASE implemented the “Freedom for Child Labor” and “Child Labor Rehabilitation through Child Friendly Village Programs” in order to eliminate Child Labor system in Nepal.

The program aims to reach to children working in private homes, shops, hotels/restaurants, and industrial settings, as well as the children who are at risk, not enrolled in school, and school drop-outs. During the conflict in Nepal, large numbers of children were displaced to cities from their villages for work. Poor economic conditions, lack of awareness among families, misbehavior of stepparents, and irresponsibility of parents towards their children are all contributing causes of child labors.

BASE programming aims to (1) eliminate this hazardous system, (2) make children free from slavery, (3) create friendly environments in their home villages, (4) send each and every children to school, (5) make communities and parents aware and responsible toward their children, and (6) pressure the government to apply existing laws and policies and formulate new laws for the welfare of the children.

BASE programming accomplishes these goals by combining policy influence among other NGOs, INGOs, and the government. They also have a mass-mobilized grass roots volunteer base with which to create social change at the village level. Mobilizers start local level groups to address issues like child labor and convince families to change their views.

Posted By Kan Yan

Posted Jul 24th, 2009

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