SEBS Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination (SAHAD) Committee

SEBS Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination (SAHAD) standing committee was established in the summer of 2020 following revelations of discrimination, harassment, and bigotry experienced by a number of alumni during their time at Budhanilkantha. These revelations were followed by three surveys that uncovered 169 episodes of racism, sexism, colorism, homophobia, classism, bullying, and other identity-based discriminations occurring within Budhanilkantha walls. These experiences were consistent across all the batches - old and new. Recognizing the severity of the issue and the urgency of a solution, the 37th AGM of Society of Ex-Budhanilkantha Students (SEBS) established SAHAD to explore, understand, and develop policies and programs that advance diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in Budhanilkantha School, and protect students (and staff) from potential discrimination, bullying, and harassment. The work also expands SEBS’ non-negotiable stands against harassment as outlined in SEBS Anti-Harassment Policy. Society of Ex-Budhanilkantha Students (SEBS) established an AGM-approved SEBS Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment (SAHAD) standing committee in the summer of 2020 after the publication of three qualitative researches. These researches highlighted the need address the issues of racism, sexism, colorism, homophobia, classism, bullying, and other identity-related discriminations.

The committee works in close collaboration with the school and other stakeholders including SEBS and FOBS, to research and design evidence-based interventions and solutions to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in Budhanilkantha School. We believe in a collaborative and participatory approach to co-design solutions to promote Budhanilkantha School as a safe and respectable space for all members. We will consider our work successful if every student, staff and faculty member at Budhanilkantha School can pursue their academic, social and other activities, in a diverse, inclusive and just setting without fear, intimidation, discrimination and harassment. This is impossible without the active engagement and support of Budhanilkantha School’s management, students, faculty, and staff members. Our work also expands to and depends on the cooperation and collaboration with other stakeholders of Budhanilkantha School, like SEBS and FOBS. Further, the committee understands its limitations on thematic areas like psychosocial counseling and legal support to survivors. Therefore, we understand the role of experts (individuals and organizations) in our work as and when necessary.

Our interventions are primarily guided by principles of:

  • Social Justice and Progressive Education: Considering that Budhanilkantha School aims to be a center of excellence in education, its future lies in creating a progressive culture that is not limited to empowering students with 21st-century skills, but also expanding it to responsible citizenship and social justice. Both social justice education and progressive education-based interventions will be at the core of our working philosophy
  • Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE): Emphasizing on the importance of CSE, the UNFPA’s 2010 report on Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Advancing Human Rights, Gender Equality and Improved Sexual and Reproductive Health, “underscored” that sexuality education should: foster norms and attitudes and build skills for achieving gender equality; address vulnerabilities and fight exclusion; promote young people’s participation and strengthen capacities for citizenship; encourage local ownership and cultural relevance, and take a positive life-cycle approach to equality. Considering that most of the problems we have identified surround an individual’s sexual and gender identity, we plan to keep CSE at the center of our potential interventions.
  • Prevention, Protection, and Support: We non-negotiably reject bigotry, discrimination, violence, and intimidation of any kind (age, gender, ethnicity, religion/faith, culture, race, physical and cognitive ability, sexual orientation, and others). Our interventions will focus on both long-term behavioral changes and short-term policy interventions that aim to prevent potential harassment and discrimination and to protect victims, survivors, and whistleblowers.

Unlearn Series

“Unlearn” is a monthly talk series that aims to create a safe space for us to come together as a community to unlearn exclusion and relearn social justice. The series is conceptualized and organized by the SEBS Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination (SAHAD) Committee with the support of our stakeholders, including Budhanilkantha School and Friends of Budhanilkantha School (FOBS).

The series explores a range of topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion, bullying, bigotry, body shaming, discrimination and harassment, intersectionality, privilege, mental health, emotional intelligence, consent, etc and all such matters that are pertinent in fashioning a more just and inclusive educational space. These conversations either start with presentations from experts in the field, or involve panel discussions among experts. As such, SAHAD is always in the look-out for recommendations of experts who can lead these conversations.

Justice Fund

The SEBS Social Justice Fund is a SAHAD initiative that will provide micro-grants to BNKS students to undertake actionable projects that advance justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity inside and outside the school. Its purpose is to support student-led initiatives against social injustices both at BNKS and in Nepal at-large.

Through the fund, we want to encourage BNKS students to be color-brave in addressing centuries’ old injustices, to realize the power they hold in shaping our society, and to actively partake in forging equitable solutions to injustices both at school and in the country. To receive funding, clubs and student groups must demonstrate how their proposed activities advance these values.

The application for the fund will open at the start of every school-year after prefectship and club memberships have been awarded, and will remain open until the end of January. Once awarded, the finalists will not only receive funding but also mentorship from SAHAD to plan and implement their proposed activities.

The fund will be managed and implemented by the SAHAD-Justice Fund committee, which will consist of a president, secretary, treasurer, a school liaison officer, two fundraisers, and a website/data manager.

We hope to raise USD 2,000-3,000 each year on a SEBS-excom-authorized bank account. The Justice Fund committee will ensure accountability and transparency of the funds raised and utilized, with periodic updates on student-led projects' overall status provided through newsletters and SEBS' website.

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Anti-Harassment Policy

5191D Mansi Dahal- Co- Lead
3140D Bikash Gupta- Co- Lead
263C Suman Mandal
685C Barsha Dharel- Excom
Representative and Spokesperson
7121C Sweta Khanal
041C Kaushal Sapkota
417D Manusmriti Baral
8082D Samkishya Dhami
647D Prakriti Shrestha