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Empowerment Panel

Moderator;

Mr. Anil Chitrakar, President of Siddharth Inc.

 

Speakers;

Rodain Malcolm Richardson, Jamaica, 19 years Founder Jamaica Youth Motivators

 

Ashna Poudel, Nepal, 17 years Social Worker Glocal’s 20 under 20, batch of 2017

 

Lirisha Tuladhar, Nepal, 18 years Student, Public Health

 

Moderator: How much time do we have sir? Ok, so my question for, to you Lirisa, first of all just welcome everybody. So, you might we wondering why are we all here, a grey-haired person in a teenage conference. So, what i do is I like to try engage this free young people who are ready what they have to offer us. So, I want you all, I don’t know whether you have a piece of paper and a pen in front of you, to start with some notes you want to share with your friends, with your colleges as people see to this session. So, without wasting any time, let’s proceed. So, one of the things we always worried in Nepal is the way we come to generalized the problems. Now let me tell you what that means. We take a case study, we study a particular problem and we tend to generalised it. So how many of you feel that Nepal is full of racist and every women live in a hot wage difference? Do you think this happens to all across the country? (audience raising hands) so let me ask you lirisa, in case of your own life, from the issues which u mentioned, what is it to be a girl like?

 

Lirisa: Well thank you for the question Sir, personally speaking, ugh my own family background has lack of women empowerment because I live in a typical newar family, in a joint family and my father side and mother side is two different part. Like my father side is a bit conservative type, a bit traditional type. They have so many restrictions like when I started my menstruation, even I followed the restriction strictly. My grandmother used to scold me, my grandfather used to set the restrictions and all. But my mother side they are free and educated, they don’t follow the restriction that strictly. And sir what was the question I guess.

 

Moderator: So, from what you are saying, you grew up in a good family, but u followed the restriction or the values?

 

Lirisa: Yah, both sides are equalized. Even I am confused because father side had too many restrictions but other side had supported me to the opportunities to go for the involvement. So, learning from both the environment, I have started with this involvement.

 

Moderator: Good, very good, so you have the family support and a good education. Those are the two important things you need to succeed. So, in terms of empowerment, you have been part of media, events, can you tell us what empowerment is?

 

Ashna: For me empowerment means to be able to stand for yourself and for others. Ugh let me give you an example, you are walking down the street, you see a beggar being troubled by a strange man. You know that’s not good, so you go and talk with the man. You make him realize that this is not how other must be treated.  For me being empowered doesn’t mean creating big impact in the society because all those little things that we do in our daily little life create some impact in our life or in others life. Whether it’s a little boy, an old man or old woman, if they do anything for themselves and the society, that’s called empowerment.

 

Moderator: Good, you are telling two things here: decision for yourself and for other. Now let me ask you another question, can you give us a recent example where you were frustrated by your decision?

 

Ashna: So i will give you my own example. It happened a month ago. I was on my first day of periods. I was very hungry, very hungry. It was Saturday. My mother wasn’t in the house. My sister was preparing for SLC so I didn’t want to disturb her. I went to kitchen when my father suddenly came and started to be angry. I tried to give the logical points saying it’s normal in another countries societies but what happens is that whenever we raise our voice against our parents, they say ‘Mukhmukhai lagxas’. My father said this, ’Go and leave my house if you want to enter my kitchen on your periods’. At that time, I had Rs. 600 in my bag. So, I literally left my house and went city centre to watch a movie. I didn’t pick his phone for the entire day. My mother also scolds me when I go to kitchen on my periods but not as much as my dad does. She called me and said sorry but still today I am scared to go to kitchen when my father is around. But when I see mother and sister, I go freely.

 

Moderator: So, this is for the audience, when panelist shares their personal stories, It’s empowering. It’s not about others, it’s not about the general people in the society. It’s very easy to judge in the society but very hard in real life when it happens to ourselves. So, you seemed to be a political guy, empowering to the politics. So, tells us about what you do in the Jamaican society.

 

Rodain: Namaste. First, I want to express my gratitude for inviting me in this conference. I hope you learn many things from this conference but before I want everyone to stand up please.

(everyone stands)

 

Rodain: And I like you to repeat after me, ‘I can if I will”, (audience repeats) one more time ‘I can if I believe’ (audience repeats) ‘and I will’ (audience repeats) thank you. Now very important thing when we are talking about empowerment, we have to set our mind willing to take information. If we don’t lower ourselves and idol the values , nothing could have been achieved. I will be giving few presentations and tips that shall be guiding you all to take any decision. Thomas Alva Edison failed 1000 times in his life but still didn’t give up. You see a glass half empty, I see the glass half full, filled of opportunities. So, enjoy, listen, be open to ask more questions because this is the session where u can learn many things. Please be seated (clapping)

 

Moderator: Ok, that’s really good to listen about positivity. So, let me ask you from your own life experiences, how have this helped you and the Jamaican life’s?

 

Rodain: Ok, I use the recent most scenario. I mailed 100 people to finance me so that i could attend this conference. Every single person said no! Now you all might be wondering how I came here? It’s was my one more tries that I mailed another person who helped me to attend this conference. That one person said yes after the 100 persons. Your compulsion for not giving up, for not stopping leads to success. Don’t deter from your ultimate goals.

 

Moderator: Ver good. This is very important to understand because we want success at a very cheap price.  So, this is for each of you, each of you might have struggled with your idea. You all are in this panel because of your work but only few parts lot world knows your struggle. We always say china, India and Nepal. We can’t play football with 11 members in china, 11 in Nepal and 11 in India until and unless we respect the culture. So, Ashna, Lirisa and Rodain, how do you make your friend, family and society to rally under your Idea? Lirisa, would you like to start?

 

Lirisa: It’s again a very overwhelming question. For me it’s really hard because I am just a beginner in this empowering panel. I have just started to be extrovert. Starting as a public health student, I started to go outside. So, talking about forming a team it is different in terms of friends, it’s different how we perceive in the family. From my family also, I have many restrictions. I have a brother, so considering the importance of a son again, I am not so considered neither my voice is so appreciated. I know I am doing the right thing. so, show the people with your work that you are right. Prove them with the evidences. Now my family also understand how despite going against them, there are the people appreciating her. So, they also know I am doing the right thing. While working with friends, it’s easier to work because our ideas seldom matches. But again, sometimes while working together, our idea clashes and in between we have like let’s not talk to each other kind of thing but still we can overcome from it because friends are friends after all.  They will understand us.

 

Moderator: So very good. You have to be evidence based. Same question to you Ashna, you have a good idea, now how will you make people engaged?

 

Ashna: Well my case is really different from Lirisha. I didn’t have much family support neither I have many friends. One year ago, I went to my mother and asked can you lend me some money, I want to start my own startup. Before she didn’t believe me but now as I have started getting medals and certificates, she herself says, do you want some money? I want to help you. Talking about my friends, they wanted to chill out. Ya, I also wanted to party, I am also a teenager but they want it every day. I couldn’t give time and slowly I started to lose my friends. If you want to do something in life, you have to search similar kind of personality. And I happen to meet with this brother who is 3-4 years older than me. Uhh it was Ashish dai Cajol dd, they were organizing Glocal MUN, and I started talking with them. I started networking. And for community, I believe that u just need to startup. Later on, they themselves will come and talk to us.

 

 

Moderator: Very good Ashna! What you said was that it takes time and patience because people don’t trust immediately. The second thing what you told is once the society starts to recognize you and your jobs, then people starts to believe you. The third thing you also said that when you take leadership, don’t expect whole crowd behind you. You will get few friends, maybe 2 or 3. It’s very important to form a group of like-minded people who shares your values, who shares your passion. So Rodain, I want to go back to you, when do you realized that you were walking and running?

 

Rodain:  Ok, thank you so much for that. When I started I was alone , but today i have 300 people in my organization within 3 years of time. It doesn’t come in overnight or neither people will say, oh I really appreciate your organization and want to be a member. It comes from every individual who dream to change. So I have 3 key points that every individual needs to progress. One most important one is confidence. You can’t change the society without the believe in oneself. No One will listen if you don’t believe in your idea because why do we have to listen? Why do we support? Another key point is tolerance. It’s really important to have a like-minded member in your team but it is also true that you should not be affected by race and religion. Or else you will be limiting yourself. We as a nation, as a global hemisphere have been limiting ourselves because of race, religion and politics. I am enjoying myself, I am networking, I am not limiting myself, I am enjoying!

 

Moderator: So that’s really good. You mentioned three important factors: self believe, tolerance and corporation. That’s really essential. Now Lirisa, as you mentioned, there is a piece of legislation that bans chaupadi, now laws can be one part, policies can be another but what I really want to draw attention of the audience is how many of you recently watched the world cup? This is really amazing that Croatia, despite of being a small country went to the finals but u also noticed that Holland and Italy with many large football teams actually didn’t make it to final rounds whereas Japan and Korea did. The reason is the young country, small country was given the chance. When you talk about policies, legislation, it’s all about you to succeed. Ok, can u tell me something about your happiness that something is happening or frustration that why nothing is happening in terms of policies, legislations that helps you to empower.

 

Lirisa: Uhh ok, talking about the politics, I am really not interested in politics and honestly speaking I don’t understand the politics of Nepal especially. The policies are so nice to read but the implementation is so weak in Nepal. Actually, the laws written here are even better than the US as I have heard do but the implementation is very poor. Yes, I have a frustration because we youth are not appreciated. We are not considered to raise our voice in the politics. Even if we raise, our voice is just in the air among the old generation. If you see prime minister and all, they are so old, now a day’s politics should run as per the need and aspiration of young people. Hence this politics also creates hindrance to the environment level for teens specially because when we try to bring change in the society, questioning is there. Even if we go to the school, older generation ask to us, do you have any ID proof that you are going to make this program successful? Do you have any written consent? They don’t trust us. So, we teenagers should also pressure the government so that we can also participate.

 

Moderator: So, you mentioned 2 things here: one is laws implementation is very weak and another is that young people also away from politics which is a bigger challenge. Now Ashna, let me ask you something very simple. All of the political changes in Nepal, tell me some challenges and opportunities that you have faced.

 

Ashna: Nowadays what I see is there are more opportunities for women than men. My male friends come to me and say can u search a job for me. So, I think government has been able to be better and better in the field of empowerment. Before there used to be male in every sector, but now I see more females in every sector whether it’s IT or science, women are getting higher and higher but men are lacking behind. I think men are getting forgotten nowadays. (clappings) People say feminisms is about giving opportunities to female but actual feminism means giving equal rights to both males and females. So, people are forgetting about males (clappings) so that is more challenging nowadays.

 

Moderator: It’s really great that you are opening up for women but at the same time how society is marginalizing the other half. Rodain, so now the question for you is, do we need to do a lot of things in order to empower the youths nowadays?

 

Rodain: yes, the policies. What I want to highlight is that there are similarities. The males are marginalized. There are more women attending the high schools. There are more women completing the degree. Likewise, I remember when I was about to give my entrance exam to the school, I was under my bed shivering because there were shootings all the places by the men. So, this problem still exists. And talking about the sexual health awareness, there are lot to be taught in schools. They need to be taught in descriptive manner because if you only teach to use condom, they are not going to use because they don’t know how to. Talking about the politics and legislations, many needs to be improvised. That’s the reason I take interest upon politics because I believe there are tons of work to be done and information to come. (clappings)

 

Moderator: This is pretty good example of empowerment. So, what I will do is, let’s see the audience. How many of you actually have the questions for panelist? I want to ask the organizers, how much more time do we have?

 

Asish Sir: 30 minutes

 

Moderator: 30 minutes more, ok who has the mike on the floor?

 

Question 1: So, my question is for the panelist, let’s see a hypothetical situation where you have money and all the resourced and power required, what is that one movement of change that you would start off towards this issue?

Question 2: My question is very simple to all the panelists. What is the best piece of advice that each of you want to give? The second question is for Rodain, my question to him is that when they are doing the motivational seminar, what is the scenario of supporters who really go there? Thank you?

Question 3: Ok, this is my question well to the public speakers. When you don’t have a good knowledge of politics especially in the developing country like Nepal when government impacts a lot, for example if you want to develop the society but there are some rules in the country that limit it, how do you cope up with it?

 

Moderator: So i think this are easy questions, so Lirisa…

 

Lirisa: Well I didn’t understand the second question.

 

Moderator: So, the first question is, you have an ultimate resource, what would you like to change? Second question is the piece of advice you would like to give. Third question is can you really ignore politics?

 

Lirisa: So, starting from the very first question, if I have the power and resources, first off, all, even though we want to change every sector, we have to try to bring our focus to only one particular issue. So, I would like to tackle one particular issue which need more attention. With my financial resources, I will travel around the world to solve that issue. For second question, a piece of advice that I want to give is don’t think about what if others will judge you. Do what you think is right. If you think what you are doing is right, there might be several things that might hold you back. Don’t care about what other says. Just listen your inner voice. And for the third question, may I have your support like on what basis am I supposed to speak?

 

Moderator: Yes definitely. So, in the country like Nepal where the influence of politics is everywhere, can you really ignore the politics?

 

Lirisa: Yes, politics is quite important in one aspect but as I said before, we are not given that much chance in the political level. So, it’s all upon us that whatever we can do in local level, we have to do it ourselves. Talking about me, I like to go with friend’s decision because I find we share the common ideas. If we start educating our peers, aware the peers and collaborating together then politics will also understand that hey, they are doing something good, we will be accumulating youth power so that the politics will also focus. Even the politics demands evidences. So, we should try to show them evidences.

 

Moderator: OK…now Ashna.

 

Ashna: So, for the first question, let’s take an example. I want to do something which I know how to do it. There are numbers of resources but you lack mentors. There are plenty of mentors to guide you, you can even ask Anil sir to help you. You can ask Bisham dai to ask about the mentorship. You can ask to anyone to provide you the mentorship and they will really help you to do that thing. So, I want to answer the third question. Here in Nepal, teenagers are having misconceptions about politics that politics is bad. Politics is not that much bad. Politics is really important. Yes, it affects to some way but if you really want to do something than I don’t think politics will stop you. And the second one, piece of advice, I want to say that if you want the change, be the change.

 

Moderator: Very good! (clappings) ok now Rodain.

 

Rodain: Ok, thank you for the question. Often money is the limiting factor for many ideas, so if I have the money, I would do something specifically. I believe, quality is better than quantity. So, if you focus on one thing you can be more effective. I think ignorance is the cause of many issues in the society because first of all, we must be educated and knowledgeable of the information provided. My answer for the second question, my best advice would be, I will tell each and every person who desires success to take a piece of paper to write your goal. Not any 100 goals, but your specific one goal, that one thing you want to achieve in your life, write down in a piece of a paper. Then below that, write what is it gonna take me to reach to this goal. Start working and never ever stop! Even if you finished that goal, set another one. And answering the third question, sir, I personally believe, this may be coming from a biassed perspective that politics is really necessary because its impulses the whole legislation process, rules and regulations to govern the society. The major decision that we make that affects each other is made in the political table within the cabinet. So I don’t believe that as a nation, we should not perceive politics. What I think we must do is if we don’t have interest in politics, we should cultivate the habit of understanding it because ignorance is what causes problems. If you understand how the decision is made without thinking than you can convince them to think otherwise. That’s why it’s really important that if you don’t actively participate or understand what they are trying to do, you won’t be able to convince them. As far as the third question related to me, in relation to certain factor, the schools are welcoming because Jamaican students are mostly focused on posting in social media. We all are brands, and the photos that we share in the facebook, instagram are the activities that we must do to justify our brands. So, the schools appreciate the students who come and teach how to wear condom. They appreciate the people to come and teach the young girls about their menstruation hygiene. So, what I do is that I have my general sessions where we pick up the issues that is rarely spoken. And because I’m so motivated, each topic is touched such as menstruation and suicide.

 

Moderator: Very good (Clappings). So, I want to ask, how many people in the audience gas the written goals? How many of you feel that you quite need a goal, have written them down and are comfortable with? Very good, now how many of you have found that one thing you need to do to get that goal? And so how many of you feel that this is the process, and once you have completed it, you will get up and write the another one? So, it’s really wonderful process to write down the goal. Now obviously, Lirisa, Ashna and Rodain, you all started at very young age. Some changes are from your own personal experiences and hence are very valuable. I want to ask the audience for the second round of question. Is there any?

 

Question 1: What do you think the world really lacks in terms of women empowering and what we youths can do in this topic?

Question 2: What do you see 10 years down the line? Do you think we will need to empower them or the people will be capable enough to empower themselves?

Question 3: My question to all the panelists is that you all are working on your respecting field. So, when you are working, there are many challenges. So, are you all always motivated?

Question 4: How do you keep yourself motivated and empowered when you are depressed from the society and even family members?

 

 

Moderator: So Ashna, let’s start with you this time.

 

Ashna: Ok, let me start by answering the 3rd question.  I am a very nature loving person. Whenever I feel demotivated and depressed, I go to open spaces and connect to the nature. Many things come to my mind at that time, like: where do you see yourself in 10 years. So, I get so many things in my head and those things motivates me. Yes, there are times when I get demotivated, especially when relatives and society come to my parents and say that I am not doing good things. One recent example is the time when I met a guy for my business purpose. One of the relative saws that and complained my mom saying I was with a boy. I convinced her though it took time. Everybody haves ups and downs in their life and we must go on to achieve the success.

 

Moderator: Very good, Lirisa?

 

Lirisa: To the first question, conceptualizing Nepal and other countries, as well as from my own experiences, it is the stigma that people themselves holds that keeps the gap between empower level to have more empowered. I think people must change their thought to make themselves inferior, that they cannot do anything. They must think that even they have a small idea, they must give it a try. who knows it might bring a big change. If the people are able to change this stigma, then I think the empowerment level will go to a higher level. Honestly speaking, this is my very first time in the stage. I am really nervous. I am trying to take out my stage phobia but I still have a stigma that what I have to say and what not to say. But also, I am with the thought that it’s ok, I don’t care because I have already spoken and what spoken is already spoken. I know I am right and I don’t care how people with judge me now. For the second question, I don’t have any plans for 10 years because I believe in changing, there will be progress, no matter slow or fast. In case of health, we have already eliminated polio, we are trying to prevail malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS. The progress is slow but as Rodain said, what do you see, the half empty glass or the half full glass. About the third question, yes I am an introvert person. Sometimes I always think what am I doing? Is it really bringing any changes? No one is appreciating my efforts. Luckily, I have a very supportive mother and grandparents.

 

Moderator: Ok, now Rodain?

 

Rodain: I also want to share my personal story because I feel it’s important to share. Now the suit you see I am wearing right now, there is a story behind. Every small aspect of our life has a story behind. It is only the suit I wear whenever I go, it’s simply because I cannot afford the another one. But that doesn’t stop me. That one thing that keeps me is the understanding that what I am capable of and where I want to go. People who say me you will reach there keeps me pushing and working. While leaving from school, sometimes I don’t have money so I walked to the home. When I was starting my organization, I was the only person going to school because I was the only one willing to walk to the school. One thing I want to share is that there was a student from grade 9. One day he came to me and started crying. He asked me that all the things I mentioned was true? I said yes. He said can I tell you something , I said you can. This man told me that his father shot his mother and shot himself and asked me so that I could be his father. I was touched sincerely. This young man is one of the main speakers within my organization. When I help and care someone, I don’t have much, but the little that I have motivates me to give. You will decide what you will do with the knowledge that is bestowed upon you in today’s conference. You are the one to decide what you will be in 10 years. (clappings)

 

Moderator: It’s really interesting how each one of you use your own personal story to help and empower other youths in this conference.

 

Presentation – Empowerment Panel

Lirisha Tuladhar, Nepal, 18 years Student, Public Health

Topic: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Hello everyone. My name is Lirisha Tuladhar. I’m 18 years old. I have been collaborating with a public health organization and working with YUWA. My topic for today is Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). It is important for everyone. This topic should be dealt with in the organization. Gender violence, Sexual violence and Mensuration are topics related to the idea that needs to be dealt with.

SRHR is used on the topic as a whisper. However, people need to be involved in the conversation. Teens need to go through change and want to explore their idea. So SRHR is needed for teens.

Gender-based violence is increasing in the world today. We all know what it is. It includes physical abuse, child abuse etc. They are two teens when combined and affect us at a different level, It effects individuals, personals, society etc. It is high in teens, It includes violence among teens and includes child marriage and dowry system.

Rape is a form of sexual violence. Gender-based violence affects mental, physical, social as it makes a person feel like a victim. It affects them. It is seen in child abuse, crime, cyber bulling etc. It affects us and damages a person. We have seen rape case and gender-based violence in all the society. HIV and AIDS are also diseases related to sexual transmission. But people forget that it’s not just transmitted through other reasons except unsafe sex. They are able to transfer through drug needle, blood etc. also.

Interest and excitement cause problems in the teen. It causes problems in the teen. 21% of young women and 27% of men understand it. The key population affected by the sexual problem is 10-24 years.

The key population affected are teens confused with their sexuality, gay men, transgender people, people with problems and sex industry, drugs etc.

Mensuration is also a natural process but it is not naturally accepted. The problem exists and is really a big problem. It is a natural thing but causes problems. It is not purely concerned with people of the country. Girls feel that they themselves are impure. People are not pointed and cause problems in the girls.

Men consider it important to keep women away from the place and don’t like the situation. They accept Chaapadi (Out-house). It is considered pure. Women are considered outcast and sent to these outhouses for dealing with the problem. It is considered a tradition and is not rumored.

Supporting the environment, opportunities, strengthening etc. are all people that need to be eliminated. HIV and AIDS need to be emphasized. The program needs to be organized by people and sexual education need to be provided.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Barack Obama

Socio-Perspective Panel

Moderator;

Dil Bhusan Pathak, a renowned personality in the media field, also the founder of Interface, Nepal 

 

Speakers;

Ngô Hoàng Anh, Vietnam, 16 years Director of Operations Sustainable Agriculture and Social Enterprise (SANSE) 

 

Sankalp Mohan Sharma, India ,17 years Sustainable Development Activist

 

Saqlain Morshed, Bangladesh ,17 years Community Management and Operation Assistant at 10 minute School 

 

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Moderator: Good Morning! I am really blessed and honored to be here. So today the world has become so close, so narrow down. The impact of globalization has brought down us here. Let’s hear the successful stories of these three young teens. Let’s start without any due, I wanted to start with Sankalp but as the old saying goes……Anh, ladies first. You know, in most of of the countries, other part of society is more powerful. Hence, they are more prospective about the teens. So, tell me about how your society consider youths.

 

Anh: Ugg So hi, my name is NGÔ HOÀNG ANH. I am also from the area with not so many initiatives and teens rising up from. But I think problem is not that believing the society has the problem, it’s lack of believe in yourself by the young people that you can make a change. I think it’s more over believing in your own qualities.

 

Moderator: Ok, Saqlain, what’s the condition in Bangladesh? Do the society listen to youths?

 

Saqlain: Well, first Asalaam walekum, Namaste and Good Afternoon everyone. I am Saqlain Morshed. I will be very honest. In Bangladesh, first of all they don’t believe us because it goes like a change like you join a school, get a bachelor’s degree and get married. That’s how it works in most of the places. Whenever youths take any initiative, first of all, the main barrier comes from our parents. They will be like ok beta, what if you fail on this? We are spending so much on your education, tuition classes. Similarly, the second barrier comes from our neighbor, relatives you know. The neighbor people, especially the Bhabhis, one day they will randomly call your mom saying, ‘Bhabhi, I saw your daughter walking with a guy. I saw your son doing something apart from his study.’ So that’s how we get demoted at the very first stage without taking any initiative.

 

Moderator: Thank you Saqlain. It’s again the same society, Pakistan, India, Nepal. So Sankalp such environment, does it demotivate your institution or it’s the institution that drives you?

 

Sankalp: Thank you sir, both of the things can happen to you, it’s all about how you take up that thing. I believe that there are two things, negative criticism and positive criticism. The negative criticism demotivates you whereas the positive criticism constructs you. So initially when I started off, many people talked about me that affected me. But eventually, I realized that their words aren’t getting my jobs done. So, I started taking my own choices.

 

Moderator: So please tell me about your work in Vietnam. How difficult is it?

 

Anh: So, I work with some organization for the women suffered from sexual abuse. Also, I do some work with UNICEF. And I completed my high School in Shanghai. I have a clothing store where I deliver the profit to the charity. I am also the president of my school’s National Honour Society that brings service opportunities to schools. And my current accomplishment which I am really proud of is being the director of Operations at Sustainable Agriculture and Social Enterprise (SANSE). The reason why it’s my Favourite is after an intensive work, we are able to bring a more sustainable way to charity. So, there are many charity organizations in Vietnam. How we provide sustainability to our society is by providing sustainable growth to geographically isolated areas by giving education and career services. We raise funding by like we have an organic tea level for which we are working with other companies to recharge the new market in the near future.

 

Moderator: Saqlain, tell us the story about how the Bangladesh’s youth have been contributing in Sustainable Development?

 

Saqlain: Thank you sir for giving me the opportunity to talk about my project. So, as it is already mentioned that I work for 10 minutes school, so what we do is that we teach over half a million students every day free of cost. So how do we do that? Basically, the project leader, Mr. Anand, came up with the thought that this generation is manipulated by the technology like facebook, youtube and this is one of our favourite platform. So, we chose this platform, facebook to share our educational contend to teach people completely free of cost. So actually, how we do that. We got our facebook page. Do you know the live feature of Facebook? We all know right? Usually 8-9 pm is the study time in Bangladesh and during this time we take the live classes from our special tutors: people from medical sectors, people from engineering sectors. And the most interesting part of our life feature is that thousands of students comment their confusions and our instructors try to answer every doubt. It’s very sad for me to say that the national curriculum of Bangladesh is not that much developed as compared to the European countries out there. We do have many alternatives like private tuitions but most of the middle-class family cannot afford that. So, what we do is that, we know everyone has facebook, we have the contents of each and every chapter of each and every subject of each and every grade.

 

Moderator: Really? That’s great. Now we move to Sankalp, you are working on climate and I think that’s not so easy. So, tell me how did you start?

 

Sankalp: There was a one point when everybody started to talk about global warming. So, I used to go to my teacher everyday asking them why global warming is happening when i was disappointed because I got very limited answers. So, I started watch Tedx videos. And that 13-14 mins video used to answer my every question. That is when I realized that I have to take up this issue, so what I did was I started to do lots of volunteering activities. I started going to schools and talk with the youths because you know, youngsters can really connect with the people. Generally, when an old professor comes and give a lecture, it’s quite boring and most of the people don’t have interest to listen. But when a youngster, someone with similar mindset come and explain to you they tend to understand better and reciprocate better. Eventually I understood that climate change not only affect the youths but also every age groups from around the world. So, then I come to work for it. Now I talk with schools and colleges. I talk with orphanages and villages. One of the most prestigious moment was when almost 200 soldiers came front to conserve water. Now this went extremely viral. I have been working for an organization: walk for water in Karnataka state where we organize a walk around the country on 22nd march, World Water Day. I had some opportunities to represent my country internationally like in USA and Korea. What happened when I was about to do this is that i was able to build a very strong youth networks from the leader around the world that have the same passion and thrive to bring a change in the society.

 

Moderator: Beautiful Sankalp (clappings). So, Anh, in your country also there might be the people who have walked for the water or anything like that to bring a change in the society?

 

Anh: Ugh actually, for our organization, we have been connecting to lots of places out there starting with like local high schools and also, we have come to connect internationally like the Vietnamese Student Association in New York University. So, talking about the main points, we are also organizing big events.

 

Moderator: Tell me how have you been able to use social medias like facebook and instagram as Saqlain and Sankalp mentioned, to connect the world?

 

Anh: So, we have a facebook page for our organization. But unlike my fellow panelists work, our wok is not mainly based in social media. We help people from geographically isolated places where internet might not be that prominent.

 

Moderator: So Saqlain, I have a few friends in Bangladesh working in media. As it is said, media is controlled by the powerful people, let’s not go in the political side how media is controlled in Bangladesh. How are the mass communication contributing to the society?

 

Saqlain: Well in that case I will be honestly speaking, Our media is quite supportive in such kind of initiatives. So, whenever you are attending any conference, you will see many journalists covering from this and that. Right now, in Bangladesh, what we think is that, this generation is totally different from previous generation. You know Bangladesh is a small country compared to most of the countries and it’s trying to cope up with Malaysia, Nepal, India. So, to cope up with this global situation, we need the help from mass media. So, I am giving you a very practical example here, we are speaking three panelists, 10-15 people in the hall from different countries. So, do you think, there are only 10-15 youths in the whole South Asia who have got some entrepreneur skills, communication skills, then why aren’t they all here? It’s not that they all are not capable enough but the main thing is that they don’t know about the stuff. So, our communication sector, journalism sector is working upon to share the information to many places possible.

 

Moderator: That’s wonderful! So Sankalp, tell me in your context, I think India have more number of film produced even than that of Hollywood. Likewise, in mass communication also, Media is the largest one. So, tell me, how this biggest industries address the teen issues?

 

Sankalp: I personally feel that they are very supportive. For example: It was so amazing that almost every single channel of India covered the Walk for Water. Most of the work that I am doing is getting support from all sort of media. I am not only talking about news channels, but also the newspaper and news stations. Even in Nepal, I have been to 5-7 days now, I have been doing some presentations in colleges and clubs, Media has approached me in Nepal and I feel very supported. The Republica has mentioned all about my mission that I am going to proceed in Nepal. So at least in 21st century, media is supporting the youths.

 

Moderator: That’s wonderful. Ann, do you have any similar stories?

 

Anh: Ugg honestly media in Vietnam doesn’t care that much what young people do. The only article we can see is like, oh she got into 13 Ivy League colleges or like she got full ride scholarships. They care a lot about the traditional type of education rather than the social works.

 

Moderator: What about the new media, social media?

 

Anh: In social media, the social works are over saturated. That’s why I don’t feel great to promote social works in social media.

 

Moderator: Ok, now let’s talk about the challenges faced by the youths in society.

 

Sankalp: I think the main challenge is the teenagers criticizing other teenagers. Teenagers working in social field is not considered to be cool thing whereas youths in sports and other activities are considered to be really cool. I even got the criticism from teachers. But as I told before, I started to ignore this all stuffs. There was once a very bad prank played upon me by someone who kept water in my chair that wet my pant. The entire class burst into laughter. And the worst part was, someone sarcastically commented that don’t throw water, throw something else, he is saving the water. So, these are the things I have been facing not only in the school but also around my neighborhood. But in 2017, my work was addressed by president Obama and the Obama foundation. Since then, everyone is supporting.

 

Moderator:  Ok Saqlain, share us your story. How hard is it to be in your society?

 

Saqlain: I want to say two major things. No. 1 is women security, when i reached here, I saw more females riding vehicles on the road. But if the same thing happens in our society, then you will see many people video recording and uploaded in facebook with millions of likes and haha reactions. Still in my society, women are not considered to work in many sectors. Second point is the mindset. When my dad heard that I was using facebook to teach, the first thing he said was, come on dude, facebook is to send some random friend requests to beautiful girls. So, the mindset like you are a teenager, just go and study study still exist. My business idea has already won two international award and I always wondered why only we take part from Bangladesh compared to many participants in other countries. When I researched, I got to know that youths definitely have many ideas but the thing they lack is family support.

 

Moderator: Thank you, thank you Saqlain. Ok now Ahn tell us the challenges faced by youths in Vietnam or you can also say the opportunities.

 

Anh: Like there are 80% of the youths saying why don’t you watch a movie? relax for some time. In Vietnam we have a trend to do social work just to show in the resume. Some people do join the service organization but don’t do any significant work. So, service is getting a bad fame. People ask are you really doing it because you are passionate or simply for your resume?

 

Moderator: Sankalp, would you like to tell some of the advantages.

 

Sankalp: I think there are massive opportunities because people in social services tend to be older in age. Secondly as i said earlier, youths are able to make people understand it better ways. Rather than showing tradition presentations with Facts and all, youths nowadays tend to present the issues in better ways.

 

Moderator: Saqlain, I would like to repeat same question to you.

 

Saqlain: Well basically, this 13 to 19 is the time when we like to copy each other. If he does this, then I can also do that. So, this is the time where we can be very creative and indulge ourselves in anything productive. Like right now we don’t have many responsibilities, like feeding our family, we got time, we just need to utilize it. Previously someone said time is money, yes time is definitely money if you know how to utilize it.

 

Moderator: Ok, Anh, tell us the opportunity as a teenager.

 

Saqlain:  Well there are so many opportunities. Just because you are young, if you fail you can learn. Similarly, whenever we talk to any school and company for an event, it’s 90 % sure that they gonna help us, so ya, there is massive opportunity.

 

Moderator: Ok I like to entertain some questions from the audience side.

 

Question 1-My question is to Sankalp, as you went to US, what is your response to the Donald Trump’s policies. How are you going to change the mindset of people? My second question is to Saqlain, what are the future plans for women empowerment by the 10 minutes school?

Question 2:What is the thing you want to do but haven’t done and want to inspire people? What are your hobbies?

Question 3:We ourselves are unable to change our mindset, so how will we change the negative mindset of the society?

Question 4: How can I start my social enterprise since I have no money?

Question 5: How precisely can we contact media person if i have some initiative?

Question 6: What are the government supports for the social enterprises?

 

Moderator: Ok, so finally we are done. If you think some questions are not related to you, you can skip them.

 

Sankalp: I came US with a sole purpose, just to work with the youth. With the collaboration of several organization and their csr fund, we were able to plant almost 3500 saplings in Bangalore and my associated friend planted 4000 saplings in Nigeria. So I think government will not be able to stop us if we approach the right people and collaborate with them. I love playing basketball. You don’t change negative mindset. You try to ignore them. Eventually it will change when people see you progressing. There was a very beautiful example in facebook where it showed how a big fat mobile phone is now changed in to slim smartphone, how a bulky television has changed into slim LCDs, but our education system has remained the same. I believe that education system really needs to be changed over the period of time. So, for me, I raised the money from Crowdfunding. Social startup is a way to generate the money if you are willing to start any social initiative. Once a Kabadiwala came to my house. I used to give him the newspaper for free. After few years he came to me and started crying, He showed me two papers, pink and blue saying that because of me he was able to teach his children. So, this is how a small act can bring a massive change.

 

Moderator: That’s really good! Saqlain, now it’s your turn.

 

Saqlain: During my leisure time I visit these websites: crello.com, tetra.com, workplace. We are planning to take 100 best and qualified girls from Bangladesh to teach in television live over 60 crore viewers.

 

Anh: Regarding how to start a social enterprise without money, it’s really simple, a lot simple than you think. Just start small. Just set a table, bake a food and sell it to the people. You can get sponsors, in the conference like this, try to network with the people. I am a normal typical teenager. I play basketball, swimming, I sing, I play the piano, I binge watch the tv series.

 

 

Moderator: Let’s wrap up. Sankalp, tell me about your role models.

 

Sankalp: So, I have 3 role models, my father who served Indian Army for 2 decades, second is my mother who secretly gave her name in Mrs. India and won the title, lastly my sister who is perfect in everything. She was a board topper in grade 10, 12, triple degree in microbiology, running an organization to find cure for cancer, lost 30 kgs within 2 years and is now one of the top 6 models of India.

 

Saqlain: Well my role model is my mother who is a school teacher. Her duty time is from 8am to 2 pm but she gives free tuition to deprived students till 4 pm. Once i asked my mother to lend me some money. She told she didn’t have that time, later on I knew that she invested her whole salary to buy school uniform for 30 students.

 

Anh: So again, my role model is my mom. She is a businesswoman. The one thing that inspire me is that she proves age isn’t the limit. I was always interested in business. So, once I saw my mom doing this Forex trading, when i said wow that’s amazing, she really gave me her account and said me to try. It was like a kid doing trading at the age of 12. It’s kinda wierd.

 

Moderator: Now this is the last question. Sankalp, if you want to change 1 thing what would it be?

 

Sankalp: Mindset

 

Saqlain: Education System

 

Anh: People not caring what other says

Moderator: Thank you everybody, it was wonderful talking to you all.

 

Entrepreneurship Panel

Moderator;

Mr. Narottam Aryal, Executive Director of King’s College

 

Speakers;

Ahmed Sajidan Jarjis Rafsan, Bangladesh, 14 years Founder and President The Dream Foundation

 

Sachin Dangi, Nepal, 18 years President, Sharemywrite, Wai Wai Glocal Teen Hero 2017

 

Abul Bashar Rahman, Bangladesh, 16 years Founder and Chief Executive Officer Green and Feed’Em

 

Heet Shah, India, 19 years Student, Bachelors of Engineering in Information and Technology.

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Moderator- Good Morning, it’s always a pleasure to be with the youths. I’m pleased to talk to the panel of teenagers. It was an amazing story from the speaker before us. Thank you, Glocal for this opportunity. Thank you, Ashish, Alina, Kajol. Please share your stories, everyone. And yes, anyone can Start.

 

Heet- I am an Engineering. I have been also coordinating with state universities which are affiliated with more than 200 colleges. We help students from around the state to get funding and start their startup.

 

Bashar: I’m Abul Bashar Rahman. I’m a CEO and founder of Green and Feed’Em. I think I have shared about my company with all the people yesterday. We use an AI-based technology to make Hunger Map. Then we share the leftover food with these hungry and poor people. I was also nominated from my nation to APICTA Awards in relation to ICT. APICTA is the oscar of ICT. And I hope I win in the program.

 

Sachin: Morning. I’m into writing, reading, creating. I’m new to entrepreneurship. I was interested in physic and I wanted to be a physician. But recently I have been interested in entrepreneurship. I work in as a founding member of Teenage Society of Nepal. We started SharemyWrite last year on the same day with 10$ but now the organization is worth 1000$.

 

Ahmed: Good Morning everyone. You didn’t pay the fee to know me you aid to know how and why we are here on stage. I a representative of UN-Water. We created an app to show leakage in the building. We created this app in a relationship with teams of Norway, Northern Island and Pakistan. We created Dreams Foundation to develop education. I created a school in Bangladesh. And so, when I used to leave school and when people asked where I was the answer would be running my own School.

 

Moderator: Let’s make the session informal and in a more conversational manner than in a formal manner. Now let’s get the opinion from the audience for what you want from the session.

 

Audience: I want to know about challenge and problem of Entrepreneurship.

 

Audience: I want to know about Time Management.

 

Moderator: We will try to manage the answer in the panel. The idea of entrepreneurship is now in Nepal. Everyone has a dream to be an entrepreneur in Nepal. Let’s ask you all why you want to be an Entrepreneur.

 

Sachin: I had a dream to be Tony Stark. He has a lot of money and power. He is involved in science but still, he needs money for the work to bring the workout. So even scientists need to be an entrepreneur to get the work done. You need to bridge the gap between the two organizations. For example: If you are a Doctor. And if you create the medicine of Ebola you need to be able to deal with the supply and the mass production of the goods to.

 

Moderator: So, you want to be an entrepreneur for money or for the change?

 

Sachin: Everything needs money, Social Service needs money. Everything needs money. Social Entrepreneurship needs money too. You can’t keep money out of the equation.

 

Moderator: Different people have a different definition of entrepreneurship? What’s yours?

 

Sachin: The definition “a person who brings out new ideas and helps people in different firms”

 

Moderator: Anyone else ones to jump in?

 

Bashar: I remember when my dad used to bring vegetables from the market. I used to then sell the same vegetable to my parents. At 5 when I was a normal person I wanted to open a vegetable shop. I wanted to earn money back then but now I fell dedication and determination in my idea is what makes my entrepreneurship. Money doesn’t matter. But forgetting the idea true I do need money.

 

Moderator: We need to study but also need to manage other acts. The society doesn’t expect students to do such acts so how do you manage in time.

 

Bashar: I’m really lazy. I don’t like to work. Last weekend I woke up at 12 PM. So, time management is important. But it can be done through dedication. For example, at this conference also I slept at 3AM last night but today I woke up at 7 AM to be here. This was because of my dedication. When I applied my parents of coming to Nepal today, my parents didn’t like it but with your dedication, I did get the permission.

 

Moderator: Would you like better grade or work?

 

Bashar: I would like to work because in future I would remember the work but not remember the grades.

 

Moderator: Anyone Else?

 

Ahmed: In today’s world 2 out of 5 people claim to be an entrepreneur but I think everyone is an entrepreneur. It is in our DNA. We all have an interest in entrepreneurship. For me, the definition of entrepreneurship is the thought that I will make it not immediately but definitely. So that is the real motivation for an entrepreneur. You don’t need to be smart you just need to be focused and you need to take initiative. You need to believe that you are the captain of your own ship. A few months ago, I was in Malaysia and the case was quite unique. I was a 14-year-old speaker among a group of graduates.

 

My journey started a few years ago. I met a homeless person a few years ago. I went to the man and gave him my tiffin but he didn’t take it saying he won’t eat bread today. He questioned asking who will give me food and bread like this tomorrow. And that’s where my entrepreneurial journey began. Today I help many homeless people.

 

Moderator: Great. So, you said you want to make a difference and help people. You can change the world in many ways why entrepreneur?

 

Ahmed: Everyone is an entrepreneur. Freedom fighters are entrepreneurs. Doctors are entrepreneurs. I would specifically talk about social entrepreneurship. Facebook Microsoft and others are commercial entrepreneurs but they also are social entrepreneurs as they connect the world. Muhammad Yunus once said “Let’s imagine a world where people need to go to the museum to understand Poverty.” and that may be frictional today but that is what the world should look like. It is time for us to write social-frictions like science frictions. And like the world has brought science friction of the past to life in the present let’s bring social friction to life today.

 

Moderator: Heet could you tell us a bit about your inspiration?

 

Heet: Yeah so, my inspiration comes from two people. Firstly, it’s my uncle and then it’s Steve Job. Everyone wants to be like Steve Jobs. So, what I learnt from him was you need to jack of all trades but master of one. I come from a group of people can Baniya (Traders) and we are all entrepreneurs. I believe entrepreneurship is a way of life. It’s about taking responsibility. It’s about taking your idea and bringing it out to the real world. It’s about coming out of the comfort zone.

 

Moderator: Yeah so, it’s about coming out of the comfort zone so yeah can you guys tell us a little bit about how you can leave your comfort zone and get things done.

 

Heet: Not all have the guts to do what they want to. But first, if you believe in your idea and can convince people about it then the world will too. And then it’s easy to bring your idea to life if people believe in it. My uncle is a Bachelor’s degree holder. He once had an idea. He had to compete with masters and PhD holders. He had pressure for getting the idea funded. He was pressured by everyone and unmotivated but he did it.

 

Moderator: This story reminded me of Padman the story. He didn’t study IIT but IIT did study him. Everyone thinks they have a great idea but they don’t have money. So how can you get funding?

 

Ahmed: Basically, we are in the 21st century. Entrepreneurs can get grants and money. But you need to be able to do research. Most people don’t do this. People create a small idea and then they don’t work to mature it. People don’t do enough research and create boastful claims about the concept without proper research and planning. However proper research and planning can get you the funding if you present a proposal paper.

 

Moderator: So, everyone will like to hear your story. So, guys please share your story.

 

Ahmed: Education in the world today isn’t good. The system has a problem. So I decided to build a new and better school. It’s a system where students get paid to work. Children get money to teach. I pay money to students to study as students get to develop and learn when they teach. A good teacher is a good student. Students teach once a week. And for the question of “How do I get money?” is Sir, when you have a great idea people will help you fund it and make it happen. Today Donations are provided by people and organization. So basically, I’m working to re-establish the education system.

 

Moderator: Anyone else.

 

Sachin: Life has problems and challenges. I am in a society where there are many challenges. The society doesn’t accept it. Organizations don’t have the equal distribution of power. People can’t take the decision. 5 people in lower level can’t take a decision but if an upper-level person says no it’s no. So, it’s difficult to get your story outside and it’s difficult to share our idea. One year ago, on Sept 1, I started my organization SharemyWrite. It was built by people who I met at GTH and GTC. And now we just went to the USA. I am now sponsored by UNDP. I also launched a program in association with UNDP. I started the whole organization with people from GTH. I only needed $10 for the domain and now we take more than $1000.

 

Moderator: Heet can you add.

 

Heet: An idea is a very important thing in life. People may or may not invest in it but you need to develop your idea. Bring your idea to the market. You need to have a good idea, you need to develop it and then you surely will find funds for it.

 

Moderator: How did you find funding for your company?

 

Heet: I haven’t gotten my funding yet. I don’t have a company. I am working to make a great idea, Then I will make my company and will try to get funding for it.

 

Moderator: Question from the audience now maybe?

 

Audience:

 

  1. a) To All- How do you manage different function if company? How can I share my company idea while also securing the idea?
  2. b) To All- What do you regret about your first start-up and how do you cope up with it?
  3. c) To All How do you manage funds and Budgets?
  4. d) To All- When you are investing in a company it’s not just your effort it’s also money. How do you say money is nothing?
  5. e) To All- What kinds of problems do you face and how will you solve it?
  6. f) To the moderator and all- How do you get a buzz about your organization?

 

 

Bashar- Networking is the key. You can meet people around the world and they can help you get things done. People good with code can make you a website, people good with physics can get you blueprints and plans and so on. You can make a company and group quite easily.

 

Sachin:

 

  1. a) Networking can help you make a plan.
  2. b) I have no regrets from my first company. I will just suggest you make a company that offers something new and good.
  3. c) You can manage to fund from different people by having a good idea
  4. d) Money isn’t everything but it is important.
  5. e) We need to learn to bridge the gap between different occupation and entrepreneurship.
  6. f) You need to use social media to create buzz.

 

Ahmed:

We can’t make a press conference but I suggest you guys write the research paper to make an idea secure. Even if people copy your idea you will have the paper as a proof to make a lawsuit to prove it’s your idea.

The first company is special for everyone. It is pure. It is like first love. You need to learn from the mistakes and the story and then grow.

Dr Yanus said,” People should wake up and say I’m a job creator, not a job seeker.” If you are a job seeker you need to have a certificate but as a job creator, you don’t need the certificate.

Criticism is a problem but it drives me too and that’s the solution.

 

 

Bashar: Share your idea with everyone you meet. Share it with everyone. No one can copy your idea. You are the only one who knows the path and the idea to get the idea completed. And so, your idea is only possible for you. No one can do right for your idea except you.

 

Bashar: See do you think breathing is important? Does anyone have to tell you that? Money is the same thing. It’s important. It’s like breathing for a company. You need to have it to make your idea come true. You need money to make ideas.

 

Heet: Plagiarism is very difficult. Use Bashar’s idea. Share your idea in 60 seconds. But however, don’t tell the whole idea. For example, Tesla is an open idea. People know 50% of what the idea is and how the company works still the people can’t steal the idea.

 

Bashar: You need to understand that people will work with you. There are many challenges for the people. Parents don’t need to worry about it. Sell your idea to your parents and convince them. Especially if they are old school. If you can convince an old-school entrepreneur you can convince everyone.

 

Moderator: Audience could you share your idea?

 

Audience:

  1. a) Pazarism and protection of an idea.
  2. b) Entrepreneurs struggle between giving and take.
  3. c) A person’s need for good communication.
  4. d) Your age and field don’t matter.
  5. e) f you can put your idea on a table you can get funded.
  6. f) Protection of intellectual property.

 

Moderator: Okay now the panel three success keys.

 

Heet:

  1. Good Idea
  2. Timing
  3. Business model

 

Bashar:

  1. Dedication
  2. Faith
  3. Success

 

Sachin:

  1. Idea
  2. Time
  3. Networking

 

Ahmed:

  1. Sleep
  2. Good Idea
  3. Hard Work

 

Ahmed: (Falls) So in your life if you fall like I just have what do you do. Do you say get up or do you just stay there? And if you rise then it’s a success. It is the same with business. Rise, my friend. Rise.

 

Moderator: An amazing session. Thank you, everyone.

 

Presentation – Entrepreneurship Panel

Aryaman Sojitra, India,17 Years Entrepreneur 

Aryaman Sojitra is a Young Entrepreneur from Gujarat. Organizing Youth Events, helping young startups to flourish, imparting knowledge & awareness about world issues and entrepreneurship is what he is passionate about.

 

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A very good morning to everyone present here. Thank you GITC to provide me this opportunity. I am 17 years old who is trying to bring a change in the society. Thank you, the organizing team, for presenting platforms for the young entrepreneurs.

 

There are the economic reasons why people start business but right now I want to say, Work to learn, don’t work to earn. I believe in 4 Ps.

 

  • Passion: Passion is such a strong word. To pursue anything in life you need passion. If you have passion no one can stop you.
  • Practice: If you are passionate about something but you don’t practice, it’s useless.
  • Performance: You are passionate, you practice well but if you don’t perform to your best, you will not be recognized.
  • Patience: Especially in entrepreneurship, you all must be patience. You have to wait for lots of things.

 

When I was 15, I had told my parents that I wanted to do a event in my city. Initially my parents were confused. Many of my friends criticized me. But slowly, I understood we need to be matured with a kid factor. So here are the things you have to be mature about:

 

  • Vocabulary: If you are going to meet anybody from higher authority, you have to change your vocabulary little bit, not too much. You need to start using some professional terms.
  • Visions: The main problem with our teenagers from my country is that they limit their visions around the four corners. They are really creative with big ideas but are fearful what if we don’t succeed. When you limit your vision, you are kind a handicapped.
  • Action: The way you represent your personality matters a lot. So how you behave and dress up set up an impression to the person you are meeting to.

 

When people ask me, what are the qualities of a successful entrepreneur, I always say there is none because everyone is unique. So, a successful entrepreneur knows his core strength and spend time to it further.

 

Entrepreneurship is more about failure. If there are 100 ideas k, there are chances than 98 will fail. So, you need to be prepared and patience. You don’t have to think about other people. Just stick with your idea.

 

Whenever you perceive in any idea, it must be unique and exclusive. Our youths are so innovative that one idea that you think here can already be tried by someone else in another country. So, you need to research about your idea. You need to know the steps to make your plan to the action. It’s really important to know your market, how will you be financing, you need to know everything! How many of you agree time is money? Almost everyone does. So that’s very true. You need to invest your time to do something productive.

 

You have to have self-confidence. Don’t compare yourselves with anyone else. Learn how to communicate well. At the same time learn how to listen. Networking is really necessary. You need to build a good reputation. Be professional so that it proves that you are ready to take the risks.

 

Thank you again GITC for inviting me here. It was a great pleasure.

Call for Applications: Participants for Wai Wai Presents Glocal International Teen Conference 2018

Kathmandu, April 5, 2018: Application is now open for the role of Participant for the second edition of Wai Wai Presents Glocal International Teen Conference scheduled to be held from 31 August to 2 September, 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Glocal Pvt. Ltd is organizing the conference to create a platform for knowledge and experience sharing where teenagers can learn about leadership, empowerment and social impact through a participatory and interactive environment with their peers from all over the globe. It is an opportunity for teenagers to authentically address issues that are important to them without having to overcome barriers.

The participants will be facilitated with a learning experience that will lead them to become change makers. Not only participants will lead forward to become change makers but they will gain the opportunity of networking with enthusiastic teen leaders from various countries of the world, learn and share their ideas. It also aims to promote cross cultural exchange.

This year we are having 15 amazing teen Speakers and 3 teen Presenters from 8 countries across Globe. The Speakers for Entrepreneurship Panel are Abul Bashar Rahman (Bangladesh), Heet Shah (India), Ahmed Sajidan Jarjis Rafsan (Bangladesh), Sachin Dangi (Nepal). Likewise for Empowerment Panel, we have Rodain Malcolm Richardson (Jamaica), Siddhi Shah (India), Uchizi Phakati (Malawi), Ashna Poudel (Nepal) and Lovia Mireku (Ghana). In the Socio Perspective panel, Sankalp Mohan Sharma (India), Hoang Anh Ngo (Vietnam), Prajesh Khanal (Nepal) and Nada Esmail Saleh Al-Ahdal (Yemen) will be speaking.

Likewise Aryaman Sojitra (India), Lirisha Tuladhar (Nepal) and Lê Nguyễn Minh Khôi (Vietnam) will be giving their presentation in Entrepreneurship, Empowerment and Socio-perspective respectively.

The conference is supported by 25+ partners like Wai Wai, Panchakanya, Coca-Cola, Honda, Toyota, UNDP (Nepal) , EU, Nepal Tourism Board, IMS group, Turkish Airlines and Sparrow SMS.

Eligibility for Participants

  • Should be a teenager (13-19 years of age)
  • Should be enthusiastic to learn, explore and take initiative to create an
    impact
  • Should be able to keep up the spirit of GITC- 2018 and take this opportunity to develop and grow themselves

 

 

 

Program cost: Nepali National: USD 60

International: USD 200

Deadline: 31 May 2018

Speaker and Presenter announcement

This year we are having 15 amazing teen Speakers and 3 teen Presenters from 8 countries across Globe. The Speakers for Entrepreneurship Panel are Abul Bashar Rahman (Bangladesh), Heet Shah (India), Ahmed Sajidan Jarjis Rafsan (Bangladesh), Sachin Dangi (Nepal). Likewise for Empowerment Panel, we have Rodain Malcolm Richarson (Jamaica), Siddhi Shah (India), Uchizi Phakati (Malawi), Ashna Poudel (Nepal) and Lovia Mireku (Ghana). In the Socio Perspective panel, Sankalp Mohan Sharma (India), Hoang Anh Ngo (Vietnam), Prajesh Khanal (Nepal) and Nada Esmail Saleh Al-Ahdal (Yemen) will be speaking.

Likewise Aryaman Sojitra (India), Lirisha Tuladhar (Nepal) and Lê Nguyễn Minh Khôi (Vietnam) will be giving their presentation in Entrepreneurship, Empowerment and Socio-perspective respectively.

The conference is supported by 25+ partners like Wai Wai, Panchakanya, Coca-Cola, Honda, Toyota, UNDP (Nepal) , EU, Nepal Tourism Board, IMS group, Turkish Airlines and Sparrow SMS.