Today the world is younger than it has ever been. We have around 1.8 billion young people aged between, 12 to 24 and it’s the largest youth group the world has ever seen. Today’s youths are tomorrow’s leaders and their leadership and participation is extremely important to create positive change in this world. Realizing the importance of young people, United Nations passed a revolution in 1999 to mark August 12 as an International Youth Day. The themes of International Youth Days are connected with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each year this day is celebrated as a small step towards adhering the SDGs. Similarly, this year the theme intends in making education more inclusive and accessible to all youths, a step towards adhering Goal number 4: Quality Education, which focuses on ensuring quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities to all.
International Youth Day 2019: Transforming education:
“With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism”, Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Prize winner 2014
There is no doubt that education is key and the basis of all other development. When we are celebrating another International Youth Day, still 262 million children and young people aged 6 to 17 are deprived of attending school. Though, transforming education is regarded as giving providing formal and non formal education on sexuality, climate change, peace and security, environmental changes, civil and police participation, in developing countries like Nepal, where there is a huge gap in providing quality education, the access to free education, 2019’s vision looks overwhelming. Here the main challenge for us still remains providing children with quality education where lack of schools, textbooks, and teachers are the major concerns.
The theme, ‘Transforming Education’ also intends in empowering youths at its fullest and going beyond the traditional confined learning methodology. With increasing environmental and social political concerns, a lot is expected from the youth. With expectations comes responsibilities and for youths to be competent enough to fulfill their responsibilities transformation in education and learning process is must. Though the theme is the same around the world, challenges among countries differ. Developed countries might face challenges in updating curriculum, including non formal teaching methodologies while establishing schools in rural areas and providing enough text books and teachers remain the key challenges for developing nations.
Nepalese context and Role of youth organization:
Education in Nepal is still confined to rote learning, under-revised syllabus and limited learning opportunities. With government’s key focus still in establishing schools and appointment of teachers, inclusion of sexual, social and environmental education in the curriculum often goes unnoticed. Government led by communist ideology mentions discouraging private investment in schools and the concept of changing private educational institutions into public in the near future. Though this might help to overcome the disparities between students studying across the nation, quality of education remains the key concern.
Another problem we are facing is youth unemployment and underemployment. Limited opportunities in government sectors and large number of graduates makes it highly difficult to seek jobs and due to this, large section of youths are either unemployed or underemployed. With education transformation, work areas should also be adequately developed to provide employment opportunities to all youths. Here, youth organizations play a vital role in transformation of youths. They give a good platform to tender youths to grow and develop their leadership skills. Youth organization motivates young people to follow their passion and promote experiential learning. Furthermore, when alike minds work together innovative ideas are developed as they have a new way of creating a vision.
Hopefully, when young people in alignment and support of government agencies, participate themselves in the process of transforming education, in coming year’s education can be more inclusive and accessible to all youths across the world and there would be equal opportunities for all.
-Yagyadi Acharya, Member, ‘We’ for Change
Life began like a seed in womb of mother continues till death
May be after death
In someone’s heart, memories
“Life is a continuous process”
Life is light always tries to be bright
May have load shedding
Life is a sky, never definable
Can’t be always clear but have flying bird
Or dark cloud with silver lining
Life just never forgets to amaze us with sadness or with happiness
With fullness or with emptiness,
With brightest smile or with deepest pain
Life is expressible or just not
Life is river which continues to flow where, how don’t know
Life: a non-existing ladder, straight, bent, curved or none
You climb, you go up
If you don’t, you stay down
Life, a flower
Can be picked by anyone
Can be used to decorate
Or to express sympathy
Some say life is money
Either you spend or earn it
Life, a boon or a curse
Life, an existence of living
Life, full of thoughts, full of pain, full of gain, full of sorrow
Life is what you think it is
For me, Life is weather
You predict what it would be
Sometimes it is right, sometimes wrong
You enjoy with pain or gain.
By: Kabita Thapa
Since the beginning of time, advancement of technologies has been taking place to make this world a better and easier place to live for Humans. But, existence of Human species is in risk. Why? The answer is well known to every single of them. The reason is, Climate Change.
Change of climate attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of global environment is Climate Change. The major concern of every person either a politician or a farmer has been shifted to Climate Change, as it effects has been adversely affecting everyone here. According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2017 has been declared as the second hottest year in the history of earth. And if the trend of increase in temperature keeps on going, it is certain that 2018 may break the record of being the hottest year in the history. Climate Change tends to bring serious impacts in communities, ecosystem and livelihood of people. Increase in temperature, drought, intense summer heat, untimely rainfall, floods and landslides are the major impacts of Climate Change. Nepal being a developing country is also in great risk of Climate Change though its contribution in CO2 emission is very less in comparison to other countries i.e. 0.2%. Mean annual temperature of the world is increasing and with this trend the estimated global warming from 1990 to 2100 is of 1.4-5.8°C, assuming a range of climate sensitivities. On one hand temperature has been rising annually whereas on the other hand precipitation rate has been decreasing significantly. This anonymous change in climate has frequently resulted extreme weather events and water-induced disasters to the intense harm in livelihood of human.
The tremendously increasing temperature has made the life on earth difficult. Climate extremes disasters such as flash floods, landslides, and drought are hitting every part of earth in a severe manner. Catastrophic disasters such as Glacier Lake Outburst Flood, is taking place counting in the glaciers lake in the endangered list. Economy and GDP of countries depending on agriculture have been questionable as Climate Change has negatively impacted the sector of agriculture. Diseases related to air and water has been killing millions of people every year. The world has continuously been trying to address these issues and to work to combat it. Different Conference of Parties (COP) meetings are organized to address these issues and review the progress of every party towards climate change. Various program of action has also been made in regards to Climate Change. Likewise to achieve the goal of combating Climate Change, on December 2015, the world agreed to keep warming significantly below 2.0° above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5° degrees in comparison to pre-industrial levels. Simply, we can understand that world agreed to put efforts on staying below 1.5 degrees. But still a big question arises here. Is it possible, if so HOW????
Achieving this goal is challenging but not impossible. The major cause of Climate Change are human so changing the habits and traditions of human which are in practice can be a helping hand in achieving the goal. Adopting natural solutions to every environment related problem can also induce in achieving the goal. Forests are great contributors in decreasing the impact of Green House Gases as they play the role in carbon sequestration and carbon storage. So, providing emphasis on implementing the concept of community forestry and scientific forestry will also help in staying below 1.5 degrees. Practicing sustainable agriculture, focusing on cultivating nitrogen-fixing plants, improved livestock management and practicing agroforestry concept are also some natural solutions. Today, the use of solar energy has flourished about 30%, in practice, but to reach the goal it must reach 100%. So, developing the technologies with the concept of use of renewable energy is a must and shifting the priority to 100% renewable energy and eco-friendly products is needed to stay below 1.5 degrees. The era we live is the era of social media. Almost 90% of world’s population is updated with various social media sites. So, revolutionary change towards mitigating climate change can also be brought through these social media. Providing awareness to public through various social media sites, initiating social media campaigns against Climate Change can also help us to reach the goal of staying below 1.5 degrees after all it’s our duty to save our planet.
I am writing this letter to remind you that you have a daughter. Yes. She is vagina-ist. She has a
vagina and boobs. Perfect two rounds and booty she loves. She is your daughter. You both
conceived her. I am here to jog your memory lane.
Like any parents, you protect her. Oh, you do.
She starts to grow up. She hits her puberty. Her flat chest is not flat anymore. She is beautiful.
You get worried. You ask her where she is heading to. How many friends does she have? Are
they all girls? Vagina-ist? Oh no?? There are boys too? More boy-friends than girls? Red alert!
Infant, child, teenage. She is growing up. You get worried. You share her awful stories of what
happens to vagina owners. She feels scared. She looks down her vagina and wishes things were
easier if she had a penis? Brr. She brushes off the idea. She is straight. No way. But she still
questions her existence as a girl. She thinks the world is cruel. Ruthless. Living monsters.
She wants to work her ass-off. She wants to go beyond what the stereotypical society holds for
girls, because she believes on her hidden wings. But, you get worried. So, you call her, every 1
hour. Ask her where she is. She replies. She replies to every question. Calls you back every 30
minutes before you reach home, just to let you know where she is.
She starts working 8 hours a day. She works in the darkest nights of winter. You get worried. You
constantly remind how scary the world is. “Penis-holders’ v/s vagina-ist? Penis-holders are the
winner, my child. You are weak. You are vulnerable. You are our child. We love you. Come
She meets new friends. She talks to them. She meets guys. She meets girls. She has a boyfriend.
She learns the true virtue of men. Penis-holder has a name- Men. He shows you the meaning of
men. He makes her meet his men-friends. They respect her. Real Men.
She makes a world of her own. A world with men and women both. True men and true women.
They inspire her. They show her sides; a girl can be. She starts weaving her wings. You,
You. Get. Worried.
You share her stories about rapes, sexual assault, groping and kidnapping. Penis-holders are
The world is not all that. She knows there are monsters. She knows. Not everyone is safe. Not
everyone is vulnerable. She understands your love. She does not understand your fear. Believe
her. She has woven her own wings. She is careful. She has never forgotten her values.
Tell her, assure her, she is in the safest hands of her friends. If not, teach her to fight. Don’t teach
her ways to run away. Tell her to use her wings but to be careful of the scissor-holders, not penis-
holders. Talk to her about your life and real struggles. The courage and efforts you faced to raise
Teach her to be a fighter…
With best regards,
February, the month of valentine. Valentine day, the day when every couple meet and spend nice time with each other, share gifts. The seven days valentine week starting from rose day to Valentine day is the special week in February for all the lovers in the world. We have tons of amazing activities planned all month long. It’s that time of year again. Bright red and pink boxes of chocolate line store aisles. Flower sales booms. Across the country, people gear up for Valentine day, celebrating love in all its forms. This valentines is the first valentine with my new love so, this month is so special to me as for others.
But this western culture has brought many problems with love. For many teens and young adults, “love” can be dangerous. The common problem that arise on this month is teen dating violence. "Teen Dating Violence (also known as relationship abuse, dating abuse, domestic violence, domestic abuse, etc.) is any form of abuse that occurs in a dating/romantic relationship involving a teenager.”
Sharing my own personal experience , my last Valentine with my old love, was a nightmare to me. I was so excited about the Valentine day few years ago like this Valentine. On that day, I was ready to go with red roses to his house. I was so happy and excited as I was called to meet him at his home on that day. I went there. I saw the room was decorated so beautifully like a dating spot. I felt good. Then he gently kissed on my chick, that I felt nice but later he tried to touch me and abuse sexually without my permission. Then, I ran out from there. On that day I became the victim of teendating violence. So, it was like a nightmare to me.
But on this Valentine, I spent the day with my new love. He didn’t do any such kind of thing that I didn’t like and impressed me by his gifts and surprises. So, everyone should choose the right partner in their life to be safe from these kinds of violence.. One of the partner may touch, kiss and do other physical abuses and harassment which may not be liked by the other partner in the name of Valentines which is teen dating violence. Similarly, one of the partner may ask for gifts to another partner which may not be affordable to him/her . This is also one kind of violence..
So, lets make the February, violence free month and make it pure love month and healthy relationship month. So, this is my view on the love month, February, what about yours? Please share your feelings.
Last year during this time, ‘We’ were set to collect resolutions from you to see what you had in stored for yourself in 2017. I hope you achieved what you had set out for.
Years add up in our lives and we scribble our goals into words for the year (and forget, that’s what happens for most of us).
We set goals. We set targets. We dream about our dream. We set goals to buy a house in the future, dream to become a millionaire, buy cars and all the expensive luxuries you can imagine of.
Today, as you read this, ask yourself, ‘Are our goals limited to materials? Is earning money your only motivation? Should money be your ONLY motivation?’
Hey, don’t get me wrong. Money drives you to work but is it the only force?
Stop setting goals that are too materialistic. In the end what is the purpose of all the bills you have in your wallet, or cards, if you do not have a single person to share your meal with.
Stop wasting your time trying to prove and please people. Why give a space for negativity, when you can fill that space with other beautiful thing? 10 years down the line, when you look at the mirror and see your reflection, what is that one word you would want to say to you?
Work for that ‘Word’. Work to better self. What the other correspondent says doesn’t matter, what matters is what your own reflection will say to you.