Research // Children of Himalaya – Future Environment Drawings from Figurative Roleplaying

The research reviews the future dreams of the slum children living in Baneshwor slum in Kathmandu, Nepal. The research focuses on what role the environment has in slum children’s future dreams and how it develops from their current environment. The research is conducted by using figurative roleplaying as method to create drawings and finally to get conclusion by analyzing these drawings with experiential knowledge.

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Material Collection
The research material has been collected at Koseli-school, located in Kathmandu, in July 2017. It includes 53 drawings and research diary. The methods used for data collection were an adapted version of the figurative role-playing method, interviews and observation. The material has been analyzed using classification and evaluation matrix.

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Findings
The study revealed that the slum children value and require social change over physical environmental change. The need to be seen, heard and valued is more important. Many of them dream about better status, getting admiration from others, chance to make a difference in their society and facility to fulfill human basic needs. In environment context slum children want to affect their surroundings positively, instead of changing it significantly.

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Outcome
Signs of a strong environmental perception and national identity can be seen in the drawings. The unambiguous elements are repeated throughout the material; expl. Himalayan mountains.

Slum children can see their own social, cultural and economic capital rise as compared to their current sociological position.