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Empowerment Panel

Empowering people is a greater action to bring a change within the people. Empowerment refers to the both self-empowerment and professional support by the people, which enables to overcome all the barriers and recognize the use of the resources that individual have. With an aim to empower teenagers and to solve the social issues by a movement Glocal International Teen Conference conducts a panel session every year to increase the teenager’s participation to act for a positive change through individual initiation and creativity.


On September 1st, 2019 GITC was held with the Empowerment panel session, where the session deployed a speaker’s stories and had an interactive discussion on “Teenager’s Role and Participation on social issues. In order to influence a teenager from around the world GITC has marked a historical event by bringing a passionate teenager together to create a change in the world.


The Empowerment panel session was moderated by Ms. Ranju Darshana (Youth Leader of Nepal) who created an empowering environment with five speakers from different countries. The speakers were:


  1. Shardul Deshmukh (19 years old Undergraduate Engineer Student from India)
  2. Iwo Adam Hachulski (17 years old Youth Activist from Poland)
  3. Vaibhav Nahata (17 years old Motivational Speaker from Nepal)
  4. Jennie Ebihara (18 years old Youth Activist from Japan)
  5. Zafar Waseem (18 years old Social Activist from Pakistan)


Here is the gist of the discussion:


Moderator: I would like to start the panel session with simple question for every panelist i.e. What does empowerment mean to you in 3 words?


Zafar: This is Zafar Waseem from Pakistan, 19-year-old teenager and Ambassador of Prime Minister Youth Program and Public Speaker. I consider empowerment as an ability to know yourself, ability to know who you really are because wherever I go, I got this topic because I consider my life as I was empowered at stage of my life.


When I was 17 years old, I had a time as a part of broken family. I got dropped from my college and came to federal capital Islamabad and started working in call center where my working shift was from 8pm to 6am in the morning and used to talk with western people. Through them I have learned and then there came a time when I got 100% scholarship merit based in Islamabad. I started studying and balanced work as well. At that time, I also participated in different public speaking competition and got award as a best speaker from Pakistan and also recognized by Prime Mister himself. So, I thought about it What is empowerment? I knew myself and had a dream to present my country at International Forum. And two years later today here I am in front of you people representing my country Pakistan.


Jennie: Hi! My name is Jennie Ebihara from Tokyo and 18 years old girl. I am a founder of “Teen for Equality Japan”. It’s basically an organization, where we educate Japanese youth on “Gender Issues” based on Japan. So, in 3 words, I think empowerment would be to share the confidence. What I think is “Empowerment is to find confidence within yourself and share your feelings”. So, sometimes in my life there is a time that I feel like, wow… I am so lucky to be a girl whether that can be like outfits that I wear and feel happy to be a girl or when I input my opinion among a place where there is only guys and only girl and at that time, I am lucky to be a girl.


So, this is something that empowers me for being a girl and to feel empowered I think that you want to share, how you feel about it to someone else. I think that’s an empowerment. Sharing that feeling to someone and empowering yourself that is empowerment.


Vaibhav: Hello Everyone! I am Vaibhav Nahata from eastern part of Nepal called Biratnagar. Two years back when I was in grade 10 and I took the water bottle and poured in my head and asked always who I am? When I was in school, I was the favorite bully victim. In my school if there is a one guy who want to release frustration up to you then, come to Vaibhav and that was Viabhav. Within two years something happened that completely transformed my life and when we talk about empowerment. Those three words that I use every single day i.e. “We are Champions”. To me empowerment is realizing that we are champions.


Iwo: My name is Iwo Adam Hachulski and originally from Poland. I am studying in UK at British Boarding School and pursuing my International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Focusing back on the empowerment, I will define it a bit differently that I would say its “Empower to fight for own’s right and freedom”.


Shardul: Hello Everyone! This is Shardul Deshmukh from India. I am 19 years old and currently pursuing computer science in 3rd year of University. According to me the 3 key words that define Empowerment would be is Value, Motivation and getting in what you love to do. So, Value because I try to add value in someone’s else life and motivate youths.


I also work for few SDGs goals in certain part of my country. Most of my work is about “Gender Equality” and motivate youths to work in SDGs goals and bring a change.


Moderator: From all the panelist we have some common words that has come i.e. Self-Motivation, Hard labor and Believing on yourself. Now, I would like to know from all of you that, what are the things that has triggered you to be a Social Activist, an Entrepreneur, to work for Gender Rights, to be recognized by the head of the country and to be motivating 100 and thousands of people?


Shardul: Something that triggered me is two young girls sitting outside my university at 4 pm every day. One day I asked them the reason on behind sitting every day and they said that – we like to see the students that are studying and doing whatever they like.


The girls were the underprivileged and didn’t got the opportunity to go the university.

So, I thought Why not create a wing under a student’s body where we can help all the underprivileged teenagers and give them a class like music, literature anything whatever they like.


So, I approached to my university and now we have “Kalakriti” where we give classes to 13 underprivileged kid on their interested courses.


Moderator: Shardul, why do you feel like working for the underprivileged? Why does it matter to you to work for them?


Shardul: I felt that even they should also get a chance to show their potential but then they don’t have a resource to show their talent stuff.


Zafar: As I am the first Speaker from Pakistan in GITC. Earlier my cousin sister got selected but due to family system, she was not allowed to be over here. At that time, she said me to apply in GITC and come over here. The kind of condition that we have in Northern Pakistan that girls are not let to go for education.


So, I thought that I will work for it and started from my own. Today my sister is studying along with 10 girls. I started off campus at my own home and let them know that what they really are and what can they do? I believe that we have to stand in the corridors of truth and those time of wonders you can know who you are? Who am I? and What is my Purpose?


Vaibhav: Two years back, I was going to Calcutta for seven days camp with bunch of 7 – 10 peoples and when I returned back from camp, I knew that I have got energy that I need. So, I made some strict goals within myself. And more about transformation realization is the key to bring around complete break through.


Iwo: I would like to share the short story because I believe learning by experience. So, real life examples are always best one. I would say it’s something what I am doing for new turn because I was given different scholarship in British High School and it opened lots of ways and opportunities which we commonly called networking. The most important event that we did together in this network was organizing “Block Chain Conference”. It’s a technology which might drive a world in the future, slowly which will be a new internet. So, we organized an event with more than 600 participants at national stadium and we attracted so many partners like Microsoft, IBM, lots of embassies from all over the world and gave so much of power that we knew that we cannot stop it and just go further.


And what I did next was founding a block, which was connected fully to the conference and aims to educate people about technology. So, from my perspective such thing makes you fly honestly and put yourself up and just grow.


Moderator: Jennie ! You are an activist; I would like to know why you want to be an activist and since you are an activist, what are the key problems that you have faced?

Jennie: Basically, in my school, we have physical education class and we do gymnastics. In the process of gymnastics, the teacher used to call only boys to carry the heavy stuff and girls were said to take a rest because we are a girl. This is small thing but japan is the most developed country in the world. We have a lot of economic power and more other things but still as a student I still have to deal with the gender discrimination on daily basis. That’s ridiculous right? So, it was something small but I questioned in my community and wanted to let speak about in justice.


I think even questioning the smallest part, we can start developing a new solution and that’s how we all start being an activist for a better cause. One thing I want to say that is yes, gender equality does emphasize girls, I admit that because their aestivation in alleviation makes us to reach man. Because that’s equality and how we are going to adjust these skills that’s one approach. But one thing we all have to remember is that man is also the part of the conversation as well and adding more women in the conference table by inviting girls to speak about the gender equality.


Moderator: Financial issues are the one which have stopped more teenagers to step forward! So, what were the solution for it? How do you actually get started your journey tackling with those financial issues?


Vaibhav: When we talk about getting started up! It’s basically simple that when you are starting you have to start with very small and that’s how you start doing. In my personal experience, I belong from Madhvari family and we are supposed to help in family business. But I was not the one who didn’t go office and my mum used to complain about it as other siblings were making money. But slowly they understand me and realized my initiation. I believe that the first step is to what brings all the difference and transformation that has to brought about it.


Zafar: Yes, you face the obstacles but it’s a courage that you find in yourself. People will forget what will you say, what you did but they will never forget how you made them feel! The people who are pointing today trust me they will stand with you and follow you.


Shardul: When I was travelling to Nepal for this conference, even my friends were interested to apply and they had a lot of questions regarding the selection. My answer is just take the first step towards doing something, I think it covers a 50% of it. Once you started you will keep doing it. Also, the financial things, you need to value yourself first. Even it’s your small investment for your project you need to value yourself and invest on it and go for searching for the investment or people that could help you on your initiation.


Jennie: I think to start social activism, the most important thing is to start conversations. What I meant by this is the most efficient way is to change someone is through talking to them and to connect with them. And Believe on you that you have to teach people from the depth of the heart. In my experience with my teacher that discriminating girls and generalizing girls are weaker than boys. So, I spoked my teacher that was wrong to assume him about all girls. I think that’s all something you can do, where you don’t need money for that nor neither resources. You just need your voice and ultimately your voice is going to change the people’s perspectives and that’s goanna change about the girls what they feel about themselves and about their gender. So, make conversations on taboos topics and connect to people one to one.


Iwo: When you look from bigger perspectives you might see motivation is very important but it last only for very short time. So, the motivation needs to transform into habits. If you transform it then everything will go right and you just need to develop and focus on improving yourself.


Coming back to financial issues its most important is that doing what we love to do. Because you live with passion, you can constantly improve yourself and work. Share your stories and motivate others that would make a better human being. I think it’s only the solution for the current situation nowadays.


Moderator: Any panelist wants to share about the time that you have felt empty and couldn’t go ahead?


Zafar: Talking about that particular time, yes there was a moment when my mother left us. I was totally like out of touch. Slowly and gradually things got better and I started to learn how to let go of past. How to release those things that doesn’t make sense because replaying those scenes it’s just to cloud your judgement. Yes, there comes a time when sometimes you feel empty but what I do is I just write my feelings in Diary and recall it for my decision and my growth.


Jennie: In my organization we hold workshops for education but sometimes we expect 50 students to come but only 8 peoples come. We felt bad because we put so much effort in it. I think we people who are working to bring a change sometimes feel low on yourself. Because what you do doesn’t meet the expectation or it doesn’t go as plan. So, what I do is on that situation is admitting your mistakes. What I mean that is something that we do if it doesn’t go success there might be something wrong and was not responding that what people need it. Admitting to those mistakes and figuring out what we can do, I think learning from these mistakes is crucial into bouncing back and finding the motivation to restart what you doing. Yes, every one fails sometime, so find positivity with that and use that as a learning experience to tackle the holes that you are missing.


Vaibhav: In this situation what I do is write in my diary. I have two blogs one is success blog and another is super success blog where I write my story over there. So, my concept is just simple that “Falling down is not the end”.


Iwo: For me it’s similar as other speakers, so many situations has made me discouraged fully on what I was doing. I would like to share my story when I came to British School like for first few weeks. I was completely alone over there where everything was new for me. So, both academically and non- academically it was really tough but gradually it got better. Finally, after a year I was perfect and boosted me up. It’s obvious that tough time will again come in next year but you have to make one step up back to make two steps forward. And that’s exactly how I see it and makes me hope for the future that it won’t be worst. Because believe in yourself there’s always a solution or way to up to the heaven.


Shardul: Back at my 10th grade, there used to be an election for captain in our school. And I was completely introvert person and had no friend literally. So, everyone in class were like complaining me and not perfect to be a captain. That completely made me feel low at that time. So, I questioned myself and pulled off Why I cannot do this and motivated myself to value my decision and successfully got an opportunity to be a captain. So, If I feel demotivate then what I do just is to encourage own self.


Moderator: When it comes to teens and youths specially many of us has excluded from going to highly official circles, they think that we do not understand because of small age to be among them. So, in your country what are the problems related to the youths and how as a person are you being a part of the solution to that problem?


Zafar: Coming towards the solution, what I believe is on inclusiveness because if we just take them and involve with you. That is how they will learn and by inclusiveness you can make a difference because taking them along and conducting different activities and getting them together with involving is the solution what I have found.


Jennie: I think the big issue that Japan have is- We are a homogeneous country, so majority of the population are Japanese people, we don’t have diverse religion. I think just one way that people live is stereotypical (Like go to high school, graduate, go to university and make money). Whenever someone goes to abroad to study or start own company and just go out of direction then you become a minority in Japan. That’s one reason that what I feel that why japan has been like economically declining over past few years because everyone did the same thing in their own companies. But now, since whole world is globalizing and entrepreneurship has become a big thing. Japan isn’t catching up to that level of passion, going and doing out your own thing.


So, how I am contributing on that is by speaking about gender equality in Japan is already me being as a minority within the rest of Japanese majority. Also, out education and listening to people’s stories is really important which makes us encourage to step out.


Vaibhav: I am sorry to say that there are no problems but there is something called challenges and this is simple perspectives changes that what I think can bring a lot of differences. So, when it comes to challenges the biggest challenge that we have is love to kick. What if we kick with the responsibility and able to bring the changes? The perspectives that there is no problem and there are only challenges that are meant to be solved. .

Iwo: I would like to kick off with the issues that currently we are fighting with it i.e. climate change. An issue which is occurring everywhere and everyone affected by it. We have youth climate change in Poland, this organization which took like around 50,000 participants which appeared to be biggest movement focused on climate change. That makes people believe actually what they are fighting on it! To make life changes which cannot be introduce by only yourself, at first you need to make people aware about them.


And that’s the biggest problem that we are facing now but also there is lots of different issues which we are considering in Poland. It’s really good to see that there is a group of people who really wants to bring changes and fight for something for a cause.


Shardul: I have only one line for this, actually we have a lot of challenges in every country. I think the solution would be changing yourself at the ground level first and then gradually all the challenges will turn into positive things.


Vaibhav: It begins with the simple person and it’s true that we alone cannot change the world. But our work as an inspiration can definitely change the world.


Moderator: For this panel I would like to request to all the panelist to take a pledge in near future that you would reject the manliest, if you are called in any of them. (Basically, manliest is the panel with all men)


Now, the floor is open for the questions. I would like to request you to all the participants to raise their questions.


Participants: What message do you want to give teenagers who are wasting their more time in social media?


Zafar: If you have a passion to do something with all the plans then there won’t be a time to waste it.


Sahrdul: What you do that matter in the social media and defines waste of time or not! So, social media if you use it in very productive way then, I think this is the best platform that we have all got right now. You can get all the opportunities and ways to improve yourself.


Vaibhav: Once you set the bigger goal then you will not get a time to use social media. So, you have to find more important goal for you than social media.


Iwo: From my perspectives social media is just choosing about priority of your life. So, you need to wakeup with determination and go to bed with satisfaction which perfectly defines what is important for you. Think of what can you do to develop yourself and just make a progress in your life.


Jennie: I think prioritizing is most important for youths. Prioritizing what you want to do in your life is a key. I don’t think investing 24 hours for studying and working on projects is good. It’s ok to use the social media and doing fun. Understanding that we need to bounce both fun time and working time and do what you love to do.


Participants: World is full of opinion, and how can we deal with the both constructive criticism and worst criticism?


Vaibhav: Thinking positivity is not always the solution. So, solution would be thinking constructive rather than thinking positivity. And taking advise and suggestion from the mentors will help you too decide the take a good decision as well. The most important thing is to choose decision by yourself.


Participants: What are your top 3 values and how are you living with your values every day?


Zafar: For me decision making is the most important and it comes within yourself where you can look about it and decide.

Participants: I have two questions, what are the mistakes that you guys have committed to the journey till now and Which would like to correct it if you got an opportunity to time travel it?

Second, Do you guys have any initiative through which you could involve underprivileged people who are laborious and talented but who are not skillful? 

Zafar: Yes, every one dreams about it and correct those mistakes. It comes with the time that you do mistakes and then you learn from it.

Vaibhav: When you talk about mistakes and talk about time travel, I don’t want to go back and correct it. Because looking back to the mistakes that I have did has head me to become a person who I am now. Actually, mistake make changes by appreciating it.

Jennie: Take a time to analyze your mistakes. Mistakes doesn’t happen often as much as we think. So, use of those mistakes and realize it. It is important to keep positivity and also important to acknowledge at the same time. Sometime if we are in the wrong direction then we can fix it by ourselves.

Iwo: About the unprivileged students. It’s just a question of approach.  Me personally I would be a favor of systematic solutions. So that government proposes a something like applying in over a country. The problem is just different in all over the world. Trying from yourself and making better place to live is the perfect that we can do.

Remarks by Iwo: You all have heard about our stories and experiences but the thing is that like summary of all those things. I would like to say, you have to be anybody to be somebody. Just stay yourself! Thank You.


Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion 2019

Entrepreneurship is the ‘hot topic’ all around the world that fascinates many. It generally means starting a business and earning money and is associated with the ability to improve standards of living and to create wealth, but it is derived from a French word ‘Entreprendre’ which means to do something or to initiate. So, initiation was the major theme in the entrepreneurship panel of Glocal International Teen Conference 2019.


Asish Thakur, the Executive Director at Glocal Pvt. Ltd moderated this panel discussion and talked with three different panelists from India, Bangladesh and Nepal.


The panelists were: Mr. Lakshay Chhabra from India, 18 years old entrepreneur and co-founder of Jhutpat Logistics (a local delivery and courier service); Mr. Iftekhar Ahmed from Bangladesh, 17 year old inventor who invented ‘Braille Board’ and Mr. Swornim Shrestha from Nepal, a 19 year old entrepreneur and also one of the top 6 finalists of Wai Wai Glocal Teen Hero-2018.


The gist of the panel discussion is below:


Moderator: Good morning everyone! So, we’re talking about entrepreneurship here. And everyone wants to be associated with that word. But do we really understand what it means to be an entrepreneur. Before I ask my panelists, is there anyone who has an answer to that?


(raise of hands) yes, please


Audience 1: Thank you, sir! For me, entrepreneurship is a process that finds creative and innovative solutions to the problems that are prevailing in our society. So many things like innovation, creativity and leadership come when we talk about entrepreneurship.


Moderator: Great! Now, before I let my panelists introduce themselves, I want to ask them what entrepreneurship for them? Who is an Entrepreneur? Swornim, you can answer.


Swornim: I think it is about making changes and also about making money.


Iftekhar: For me, it is to solve real life problems. If all of us have some little problems, then with little effort we can help solve those problems


Lakshay: Well, as you said everyone wants to be an entrepreneur as it looks very fascinating to you, speaking from a personal experience. But when I really got involved in entrepreneurship, I feel like an entrepreneur is someone who can fetch an opportunity out of any problem. We see problems as opportunities and build something out of challenges.So, yeah the tag of an entrepreneur comes with a cost, if I be honest with you. You can even lose friends but it is something worth it.



Moderator: Alright, Great! So, from what we’ve heard, it is about making change and money and also losing friends (laughs). Okay, so the word entrepreneur comes from France which means initiation. But the word is coined with business and money. So, would you term a teacher to be an entrepreneur?


Swornim: Well, I think it depends on what he does in the class. A teacher should teach students in a practical manner and making them truly understand concepts. If they do that, then yes, they are entrepreneurs.


Moderator: Hm, so would you term a doctor to be an entrepreneur? Like, do you term the doctor who first did a brain surgery an entrepreneur? Iftekhar?


Iftekhar: No, I don’t think so.



Moderator: Lakshay? What do you think?


Lakshay: As, you clearly said, it is all about initiation. If you’re initiative, you’re an entrepreneur. Even teachers in classrooms can be entrepreneurs. They come up with different ideas to do their own things innovatively. So, yeah, I’d call them entrepreneurs.



Moderator: Perfect! Entrepreneur in simple terms means doing something new. So, I’d like you to introduce yourselves along tell our audience what the new thing is you’ve initiated which makes you call yourselves an entrepreneur. Let’s start with Swornim.


Swornim: I have been involved in this organization called ‘Tinybits Foundation’ where we help people learn different things by ‘educating by making’. Another one is this website I am involved with which is an e-commerce website called ‘Pahilo Deal’ where we want to revolutionize online shopping experience and change how people think about e-commerce in Nepal.


Iftekhar: Well, I’d like to introduce myself with the help of a story about a person. One day I was in my class and couldn’t see anything and couldn’t read anything. This made me think about how blind people read and write. They have this huge barrier when it comes to reading which made me research about it. I met this young guy who lost his vision at the age of 3. He told me that the government are not providing them the special kind of books with braille lettering. This is probably because these special books cost a lot. It costs thousands of dollars to buy such books. Then, after understanding the status quo, I promised myself that I’ll solve this problem. I started learning programming and within a year I made a $70 IT device called ‘BRAILLE BOARD’ which is a computer that blind people can use. This computer contains thousands of books and even tools like calculator and alarm. They can even navigate location via this computer. So, to sum up, I’m just this 18-year-old software developer from Bangladesh who wanted blind people to get as much facilities as we do.


Lakshay: Hi I am Lakshay Chabbra, an entrepreneur from India. I am a co-founder of this delivery company called ‘Jhutpat Logistics’. ‘Jhutpat’ basically means very fast and Indian audience can also relate if we use Hindi name We came up with this idea in a business competition for young entrepreneurs where we came up with this plan in one of the sessions. We were thinking about what new things we can do and what is missing. One of our mentors said we don’t have to create something new but can do something old in a new way. From my personal experience, I had difficulty in delivering some items from one place to another, especially in a city like Delhi. There were companies which provided the same delivery service, but they weren’t fast enough. So that’s how we came up with the idea of ‘Jutpat’. This organization has helped me find a purpose.



Moderator: Great! Okay, Lakhsya, you live in Delhi which is one of the busiest cities of the world. What makes you think your team can initiate something and become a success in a city like Delhi?


Lakshay: When we initiated, we were just figuring out some problems. Even when we were in the sessions of the competition we participated; we were told to point out some of the problems we were facing. So, when you asked about how we are doing this in Delhi, I believe it’s because of our method and our passion for our work. If we weren’t passionate about our work or didn’t have faith in our company, we wouldn’t be successful. This passion is important for every endeavor, not just entrepreneurship. Likewise, we also need to be courageous enough to experiment and risk.



Moderator: Alright, so my next question to Iftekhar. How has your team supported your invention and work of ‘Braille Board’? How have you involved them?


Iftekhar: ‘Braille Board’ is just a device and my journey doesn’t start with this device but with just a software. A software that would help them and provide them education. I made the software in 2 months, but the problem is, it was very difficult for blind people to comprehend the nuances of the software. While I was working with the team, the majority of them were concerned about getting paid rather than solving problems. It is very difficult when they don’t share the same passion as yours.



Moderator: Okay, Thank you. Swornim, you have connected education with what you are doing. You have gone to schools of Sindhupalchowk which is in a bit of a rural area from your organization. Can you give us some insights on how have you been linking entrepreneurship with education?


Swornim: Talking about how and when did I come up with this idea, I went to every teacher where I studied, and they were very supportive and eager to help. After that I went to different schools to help them have practical education. But when I went to different schools they said ‘no’. But I believe in turning a ‘no” into a ‘yes’. That motivated me to work.


Moderator: Great! All three of them told us what motivated them. When it comes to entrepreneurship, we have multiple stakeholders and players. We need people to make your ideas a success. So, people are the most important aspect of entrepreneurs. Some people support you whereas some become the reason for your failure. So, choosing the right ones to execute your ideas is very important. So, how do you choose your people? Let’s start with Swornim


Swornim: Well, I have also done the mistake of choosing the wrong people. When I was so motivated to start the work and I did the mistake of choosing people in a hurry. I think we need to take some time to understand people and their motivations very closely in order to welcome in your team.


Iftekhar: I think choosing people is the most important part of any entrepreneurship journey. Currently, I am working with three mentors. They help me with their experience and help me make decisions. So, I think we should choose people not just from our experience but the help with our mentors who provide guidance to us.


Lakshay: I certainly agree with you when you said we need to be wise when choosing people. But I think people who become the reason for your failures are also equally important because they are the best sources for our learning. People who have different opinions can teach us a lot. They can put us on the problems that we were not expecting and even give out solutions that we might not have thought of.



Moderator: Perfect! Yes, failures do come with learning! Now’s it’s the interaction round with the audience. I give the floor to the audience.


(raise of hands)


Question 1: So, my question is, being a teenager, it is hard to get funding to start your startup company. How did you manage it? This question is for anyone who’s willing to answer.


Lakshay: Shall I answer? Okay, my family isn’t very well off. So, I am someone who had ideas and visions, but the financial situation dragged me down. I used to ask questions of funding to every businessman and mentor I met. Initially, there’s this business concept of 3 Fs. They are- friends, families and fools. (laughs) Well, you have friends and families who support you. Then, there are fools who fall for your ideas and probably get invest in your ideas. (laughs). Jokes aside, you can also cut down your personal expenses and save pocket money. It might be little but will definitely help have some money.


Moderator: Okay, next question.




Question 2: Hi, as someone who runs a startup company here in Kathmandu, I had a question about multitasking. I just completed this book called ‘The one thing’, where the writer says that multitasking is a myth. But on the contrary, Lakshay, in the panel, supported multi-tasking. So, is it a myth or not?


Lakshay: Thank you! So, when I was in grade 11, I had all these ideas in my head but along with that I also had to focus on my studies. I was also giving tuitions to children for some pocket money and I also had to attend my classes. In grade 12, I took the class of mathematics which has extremely difficult. It was in grade 12, we started our venture. I did multitask then and I do multitask now. Nowadays, I go to college and also go to the office to see over my business’s operations. I am also preparing for Chartered Accountancy. My days are very hectic, and I have to multitask to complete all of my works in time. Thank you.



Question 3: Previously, our presenter said that we need to have a co-founder to establish a business. So, do you think it is necessary to have a co-founder by your side for businesses to thrive?


Iftekhar: There is one thing I forgot to mention in my discussion before and I think I can answer your question now by saying what I missed earlier. So, in my team we have a visually impaired person who has helped us immensely and without him, our invention wouldn’t be possible. He is a software developer. Not just him, there are many visually- impaired people who are helping us because they understand the problem, I’m trying to solve more than anyone. So, it is important to have team members who are dedicated and carry the same vision as you.


Swornim: Okay, so talking about the co-founder and team members, I agree with Iftekhar when he said we needed people with the same vision. I worked in the field of education which needs a lot of dedication. We need people to work for the upliftment of education rather than financial benefits. So, we need to learn to understand people who carry the same visions as yours which takes time. I don’t suggest you to randomly choose team members because it is going to harm you in the long run.


Moderator: Great! Next question?



Question 4: Do I need a business plan to run a successful business? How do I successfully implement the plan without any experience?


Lakshay: I think before starting anything, you need to have an idea in your head. You also need to research on what the customers need and what’s the necessity of the people. Talking about the experience, in the business world we have two points. One is experience and other is cash. Take the experience first and then cash will come follow you. We have so many aspirations, but we don’t step into the business world thinking we have little to no experience. We need to step into the real pool of challenges to get the experience which is vital. You will encounter a lot of failure while gathering experiences as well. Do not fear to fail! You must try things and and execute your plans even if you fail several times. If your passion is unhinged even after those failures, then you need to continue.


Moderator: Any further questions?



Question 5: Can differently abled person can be an entrepreneur? How can we motivate them?


Iftekhar: As someone who has worked with differently abled people, I can assure you that they have this brilliance within them which is unexplainable. I’m in awe every time I watch them do their work. I don’t know how they are so very focused. They also have this amazing creativity and can innovate things by themselves. I believe that they have the potential but because of the unfavorable infrastructures, they are not able to succeed the way able people are able to succeed. They can definitely be successful entrepreneurs with the help of favorable resources.


Moderator: Yes, great! Of course, people are differently abled, and entrepreneurship is all about doing something different. Any more questions?



Question 6: When we talk about business, profit is the first thing that comes in our mind. How to make your businesses make great impact and time make profit at the same. So, as a budding entrepreneur, do we need to focus on the impact or the profit? If it’s not profits, then how do we sustain ourselves throughout the journey of our entrepreneurship?


Swornim: So, let me tell you a small instance. One person asks another how did they reach that level of success; the other person says good decisions and when asked about how he made good decisions then he said bad decisions. The thing we need to do is try small. If you fail, fail small not fail expensive. You should try your idea on small market and move on to the bigger markets. You can make an impact on the smaller market first and see if it works or not. If it doesn’t work, you can change your business model and twitch few other things. Even our team started with visiting small educational institutions and experimented with our ideas. We found out it was impactful enough which led us to approach bigger educational institutions.


Moderator: Great! Yes, I agree that good judgement comes with bad experiences. Now, I don’t want to take any questions further from the audience. But I have one last question to all of you. How are choices important to your life?


Lakshay: Choices play a very crucial role in your life. Whether be it choosing an educational course or your aim, you need to have a passion for it. If you don’t have passion, then you can neither add value to your life or to your society. It will be just for the sake of it. You have to respect your choices whether it is about partnership or collaboration or your friends. It is important to make the right choice about all of these things. You need to link passion with the choices you make the most out of your choices.


Iftekhar: There are so many organizers here and I believe they are successful in their own life. But they prioritized to manage this event and chose this conference in particular. You chose it because they wanted to create an impact upon the society and that is where they get the satisfaction. So, satisfaction is very important aspect to look into when you make any choice.


Moderator: Swornim, can you answer the same question?


Swornim: I’ll give you an example of a choice I had to make last night. I have an exam in two hours. I had two choices last night: I could sleep or study. I chose to go to bed (laughs) and yes, I’m aware it’ll affect my life. There are so many little choices that we make which affect our lives in a way. These choices can also add different perspective in our lives. So, we need to be mindful about our choices.


Moderator: So, when we talk about society and entrepreneurship, we constantly make different choices and we need to respect these choices. Also, as an entrepreneur, we need to prioritize what we want to do rather than what society tells you to do. So, I’d like to end this discussion in this short note. I thank all the panelists for their time!

Socio- Perspective Panel Discussion 2019

In the 21st century, building our socio-perspective is one of the greatest assets. In order to be responsible and thoughtful human being, one must be aware about what is happening around our world. With this in mind, Glocal gathered few extra ordinary individuals from every nook of the world and conducted a Panel Discussion on 1st September 2019.


This panel was moderated by Mr. Asish Thakur, Executive Director at Glocal Pvt. Ltd. who talked with 5 different individuals with different perspectives. The panelists were:


  1. Mr. Prajesh Khanal from Nepal, an 18 years old Child Rights Activist and Glocal Teen Hero Alumni
  2. Ms. Maodan Tohouri from USA- a 16 years old Social activist from California
  3. Ms. Prasansha KC from Nepal – an 18 years old Child rights activist and Winner of Glocal teen hero 2018
  4. Ms. Vidhi Kohli from India- a 17-year-old Activist and a law student
  5. Mr. Cavin Dennis Tito Siregar from Indonesia- 19-year Social Activist who is also an Ambassador of the International Model United Nations (IMUN) and Global Youth Model United Nations (GYMUN)


Here’s the gist of the discussion:

Moderator: Please introduce yourself and why are you doing what you are doing?

Prajesh: Hi. I am Prajesh Khanal. I am 18-year-old and I belong to Jhapa district of Eastern Nepal.  Well, you asked a difficult question (laughs). Well, I started social activism through Child Club. But I was just a child back then, so I had no idea in what I was getting myself into when I started my journey child club.  Then I started environment conservation campaigns from the same child club did then I started to see the response from the children and people.  It was because of such feedback, reactions of children and love and support from everyone, I do what I do.

Maodan: Thank you for having me. My name is Maodan Tohuri and I am a social activist from the USA.  I am 16 years old and as a response to the question on why I do what I do because I believe in the power of youth. I worked on organizing campaigns and rallies on gun violence prevention and that’s when I realized through my work I wanted to provide infrastructures to youth.

Prasansha: My name is Prasansha KC.  I am 18 years old social activist from Nepal working against child marriage and kidnap marriage.  When I was younger, I never thought I would be a social activist.  There are many stories that motivate me to work as an activist.  For instance, one of my friends from my hometown, Rukum, had a miscarriage when she was only 15 while I was getting quality education in Kathmandu at 15 years old. I was heartbroken and didn’t want anyone to go through what my friend went through. So, stories like these motivate me to work.

Vidhi: Hi, my name is Vidhi Kohli and I am 19 years from India. There’s no story behind what I am doing today but it’s just an observation when talking about SDG’s and I think about the root of these problems SDGs are trying to solve. I also think about the solutions to these deep-rooted problems and I realize it is education.  There is a fine line between being literate and being educated. Being only literate is useless but being educated matters. Education is something that comes from your action. So, I educate children with the purpose of making them solve the problems in our society.

Cavin: My name is Cavin Dennis Tito Siregar and I am from Indonesia.  A year ago I didn’t believe that I could bring a change and start a movement. But, I am currently a brand ambassador of International Model United Nations (IMUN) and Global Youth Model United Nations (GYMUN). The reasons why I am doing this is to change and find myself and to help others find themselves. A year ago, I did my first MUN where I found myself and wanted to expand the impact of the MUN after that. MUN gave me the confidence to speak in front of a mass. Through, MUNs people can realize their own motivation and potential, capability.


Moderator: Everybody somehow talked about the importance of education, so in your perspective what should we do to be well educated? Vidhi, you can answer that.

Vidhi: I’d like to answer your question with the help of an example. So, on the weekends I go to teach underprivileged children and what I’ve realized is that they’re unaware of the benefits the government is providing them. The reality is that If I teach 50 of them, only 5 of them will be successful because of different structural obstacles and they will be the victim of the reality. But that doesn’t mean they don’t contribute to our society. So, their contribution by being educated and education is a process, while literacy is the first step. Education is a continuous process and people gain perspective through education, little by little. I am here today, and this conference is a process for me to climb above and help me achieve my goal of being a lawyer.  Qualifications and degrees don’t really count if you’re not a good human being. You need to talk to people more and gain perspectives.


Moderator: Thank you, Vidhi. Talking about education and thinking about Rukum where young girls are getting kidnapped for marriage. Prasansha, as you are working to eradicate such acts and how do you think education can be a part of your campaigns and what is your perspective on this? 

Prasansha: Education has certain definitions, but when we go to the real world and hear people’s stories, realize the importance of education is more than mere definitions. From my experience, people are educated in terms of doing maths and reading literature but despite all that you commit horrendous acts as child marriage then your education is worthless. Lack of education isn’t the problem but inability to go beyond our social construction and culture. If a young girl grows up to normalize child marriage, then her educated decison would be to marry before 18. For that, awareness is important and teaching them to visualize the implications of the things society have taught them to normalize. We can show them documentaries and teach them something beyond academics which can build a perspective on them.

Moderator: Is there anyone in this room who hasn’t been affected by pollution? (nobody raises their hand) It is a sad reality that, along with development, there has been destruction of forests and environment everywhere. We have the example of Nijgad airport and Amazon as well. And, Prajesh here has been actively involved in many environmental campaigns. Now, given all the environmental problems, what is your perspective on how and where do you want to take it forward?

Prajesh: Thank for the question. When we started our campaigns, one thing I’ve realized from my experience is that- People will not follow what you teach them. No matter how many times you tell people how harmful their practices are, they’re not going to listen to you. So, teaching them is not enough, but making them understand is. To do that, you need to make them visualize the consequences of their problems. Talking about development and environment, I think don’t think about things from a sustainable perspective and with planning. If we make ourselves sustainable, then only the development we want will be fruitful.  If we really think about it, development is a never-ending process because we are ambitious beings. But we shouldn’t be doing development works in a reckless way because we might face dire consequences. It is our responsibility to have sustainability in al the development work we do. If we teach young children from a very young age about the concept of sustainability, we can definitely do something for the environment.


Moderator: I feel like Nepal and India same similar types of social problems because of our many similarities. Now, let’s talk with panelists from the US and Indonesia on the same three different topics of child marriage, education and environment. How are these things taken by your community? What’s the situation there regarding these three? Can you also add youth’s perspective in these issues? Let’s start with Cavin 

Cavin: Thank you for the question. Well, Child marriage isn’t that very common in Indonesia and we don’t see a lot of news about in Media as well. But, if you take a good look at several parts of Indonesia, we can still find some examples. Government is trying to solve the issues of children through education itself. Education is an important step to solve different issues. But, again the concept of education is limited to a curriculum. There are so many unlucky children who don’t get an education.

Talking about the environment, Climate change is an important issue for many Indonesians and people are working on it.

Talking about education, we are trying to improve our curriculum. But there are many types of education we need to opt to. There are informal education along with formal education which are really beneficial for students. For instance, we talk about foreign tourism movement and educating people informally about this movement



Moderator: Great! Thank you for your insights. As you talked about how skilled based education should also be pursued along with formal education, it made me think if Maodan here from the USA would be more familiar with more practical based education of American education system. Socio perspective is more inclined towards practical aspects too.  If we can have firsthand experience of education, how can it help people gain perspective? As an American student, how do you think issues of environment, child rights and education handled in the US?

Maodan: All of the issues you mentioned, are the issues in the US. Even though, the issues of child rights are not my area of expertise, but I’ve heard many child rights activists talk about this issue. I want to talk more on climate crisis and education because I’m more aware about problems related to them. There are two particular movements in the US related to climate change and they are: Sunrise movement and US Youth Climate Strike.  The US has also contributed drastically in climate change and it has affected countries that haven’t necessarily contributed it. People live in a bubble and it gets back and affects us. There’s a supplemental curriculum that we kind of engage in – Connectivity, Integration and Respect. The activists need to engage in storytelling and make people listen about the problem. People generally ignore these issues because the effects are not firsthand but we slowly have to pay for it. So, the activists like us need to do extra work to make people listen about the nuances of the issue. It is the only way we can build their perspective.  Lastly integration, listening to different perspectives and then integrating the feedback then creating solutions.  Lastly, going outside ourselves and gaining a respect

As for education, it is good and bad at the same time. The education is a bit expensive. And the curriculum is only focused on the concepts and ideas of the US only. The things we read needs to go beyond the  US if we truly want to gain a perspective about issues of racism, sexism. If our education was not just centered around the US then we could change the way we look around different things happening around the world.


Moderator: Thank you. Okay, Now I want you to answer about the things that youths in your country generally focus on and talk a bit about what they want. I want you to be frank and cool about your answers. Tell me three of the priorities of the youth of your country. 

Prajesh: This is a difficult question, indeed. (laughs) Well, the first one would be studying, enjoying their own life. Second one is, sharing. The last one is networking and then enjoying our life

Maodan: My answer is also pretty similar. I’d say the first one is listening to or learning from others. The second one is sharing our stories and who we are. Third one is, enjoying. We need to give ourselves time to enjoy our life amidst all the pressure and work.

Prasansha: If you had asked me this question a year ago, I would have probably said something like prioritizing to keep up with a Game of Thrones (laughs). For now, I also think it is important to have a ‘me time’ because times as such liberate us in a way. That is a priority for many of the youths today in Nepal. Secondly, the youth today want to get a degree, at least a bachelor’s degree. Last one is finding social validation and finding an identity in the society.

Vidhi: Hmm, I think the first priority would be earning money or getting financially stable. Second, is to study. Third, not getting interrupted while they’re working or thinking.

Cavin: Maybe the first thing would be learning and studying. Second this, enjoying and investing in yourselves. The last one is pretty similar to what Vidhi said, i.e. not getting interrupted while we’re working.


Moderator: We have now about ten minutes and I’d like to know of anyone from the audience have any questions for our panelists. Or anything you want to say to the panels. 

(raise of hands)

Question 1: Hi! My questions are very simple. Can you tell me about any precise projects or initiative that you’re working on related to practical education? And another question: what do you do when you’re demotivated?

Moderator: Alright! Thank you, that was a great question. I’d like to request my panelists to answer the questions briefly. Let’s start with Cavin.

Cavin: Talking about any initiative related to private education, there are many but don’t think I am fully aware about them

When I am demotivated, I just refer back to what motivated me at first. When you get engaged in MUNs, you have a responsibility to help others learn about this platform. So, I also think about all the people who are willing to learn and grow.

Vidhi: As an Individual, I don’t personally know run organizations, but I go to teach children. But after some time of teaching, I got connected to this club which was formed by college students of Delhi called ‘live to give’. Through this club, they teach underprivileged and street children whose parents don’t have the resources to teach them. Along with basic education, they teach them things like gymnastics, vocals and dancing.  Then, the children showcase what they’ve learned in an annual function. Motivating and educating really helps these children and have impacted their lives in several ways.

And to answer your second question, I talk to my mother when I really get demotivated. Our parents are our biggest motivators and my mother is really good at giving advice. When I have a bad day, then she tells me that I haven’t lost anything till now but earned the respect and love of these children whom I’ve helped. That really helps me.

Prasansha: There are many amazing initiatives happening in our country, but I don’t have much of an understanding of initiatives regarding practical education, so I better not give my opinion on that. I’m sorry about that!

Talking about what gets me pumped up and motivated, I feel like the stories I hear motivates me the most. For instance, a year ago when I was travelling to Rukum which is geographically complex place full of hills and rivers. I had to walk through the hills and cross rivers to reach different destinations because of the lack of transportation. I was carrying a huge bag with me full of school supplies and when I was crossing the river, half of my body was wet. With all that walking, my whole body was aching. That was the moment when I almost gave and started second guessing my decision and motivations to come to this place. I was very demotivated. But the moment I saw the children walking along with me and referred to the stories of my friends, I was pumped up again. I am trying to make a small difference in their lives and the least I can do is change at least one person’s life by making them aware them about kidnap marriage.

Maodan: As for the first question, I work for this organization called student of voice which encourages high school students to get involved in leadership activities and events. Our main goal is to identify student-centric and student-created solutions to address the systemic inequity in the American education system.

As for what motivates me, there are two things I do. The first one is self-care. I want to give myself a space where I can take care of myself amidst all the work. Second one is, talking with the people. This can help me gain a perspective that I might have lost while I was demotivated. It reminds me of the roots of my advocacy.

Prajesh: Okay to answer your first question, I have heard of teenagers working on practical and hands on learning education but I’m not fully aware about it, so I’d like to skip this question.

And to answer your second question, I do get demotivated multiples times. Especially, when people don’t believe in your campaigns. When, they deny climate change and things as such, it really saddens me.  So, what I do is I try to keep calm and count all the encounters that have demotivated me and help them get me pumped up. I think about all my successes and failures and reevaluate them with an open mind and every time, I get to the conclusion that my work has impacted many lives.


Moderator: Okay, Thank you so much for your insights! Can we have another question? 

(raise of hands)

Question 2: So, we have discussed about many issues in this panel discussion. But, I feel like the biggest problem today is lack of humanity among people and I feel this every day. The human virtues have been lost somewhere along the way. So, how concerned are you about teaching people about humanity? 

Moderator: I think Vidhi here would be the right person to answer this question as you teach little children. Do you teach your students about human virtues?

Vidhi: As a law student, I try my best to make people aware about human rights and the laws of the country. I am only a tutor to these students, but I also teach these little ones about human rights and the distinction between what is good and bad.  I don’t think our education won’t teach you basic morality but it’s something that you should be learning yourselves. I also think, these innocent children teach us about humanity and there’s still humanity left in our world when you look at them. I really believe that humanity is there, but if there’s not, you’ve got to create it!

Moderator: Great! So we’ve reached the end of our discussion and I believe that our audience here had a fruitful session listening to your perspectives. You guys are the changemakers and I was more than happy to moderate you. Thank you so much for your time!



Empowerment Panel – Presentation

By Supekshya Neupane, 19, social activist


Topic: Mental health crisis among teens


Namaste everyone! This is Supekshya Neupane and I feel overwhelmed to welcome you to my presentation on the theme of empowerment in Glocal International Teen Conference 2019. First and foremost, I’d like to thank the organizers for organizing such a grand event and for the opportunity they have provided me to be here. To briefly introduce myself, I’d like to call myself a learner who is passionate about learning and speaking.


Today, I’ll be discussing on Mental health Crisis Among Teens. I chose this topic because the issue of mental health is so common these days, yet no one is willing to share their story of mental illness and be vulnerable. My presentation is directed towards empowering teens regarding mental health issues prevailing globally as to ensure open and friendly environment to talk about mental health. I’ll be presenting about what I’ve learnt and heard about this issue.


According to WHO, Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to her or his community. Likewise, Mental illnesses, also known as mental health disorders, refer to a wide range of mental health conditions that affects your ordinary mood and behavior. However, they are treatable health conditions and are very common in the world today. Half of all the mental illnesses start by the 14 years of age and suicide is the third leading cause of death in people of age 15- 19 years which is a result of mental health.


So, let’s talk about the problems. Some of the common mental health disorders are anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCDs, eating disorders and so on. Talking about the current scenario of mental health disorders, they are still considered taboos even though mental health conditions account for 16% of the global diseases and injuries occurring to 10-19 years. It is estimated that 20% of the global population experience adverse mental health conditions but due to the lack of awareness people diagnosed with any type of mental illness are insane are not accepted by the society.


Talking about the teens, majority of the teens are stressed if not depressed which have been creating a negative impact on their mental health. Teenagers aged 16-19 among all teens are most affected by mental problems. Now, let’s talk about the causes and effects of these mental illnesses. They are mainly caused by over growing physical and emotional changes, sleep deprivation, peer pressure, unrealistic expectations, stresses in family, genetics and so on in general. They lead to certain anger, fear and sadness. Teenagers also tend to experiment with drugs or alcohol which may become extremely aggressive and hostile during their phase. They may even try to commit suicide or even if not, it may result to social isolation and lower productivity often causing chronic stress.


It is utmost important for every teen to understand the causes and effects of these mental illnesses along with their treatment. The treatments of mental health disorders include psychotherapy, medications, peer support, self-help plan, temporary hospitalization etc. Psychotherapy is the use of psychological methods such as counselling to help people with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. It has been shown to be effective to improve emotions and to be linked with positive changes in the brain and body. Medications can help improve mental health, if not completely cure them. It can help make psychotherapy more effective. It is also important for teenagers to prepare a self-help plan and seek support from their peers. In few cases, temporary hospitalizations, may also be necessary so that the patients can be closely monitored and accurately diagnosed.


Even after their treatment, they may not be well accepted by society. This can lead to hiding of mental illnesses which may have dire consequences. This should stop. People with mental health problems should not be treated as victims but instead as survivors. They should be given an opportunity to live a life full of dignity and their diagnosed illnesses should not create any hurdle in the future just as no physical illness does.


As more young people get affected by such illnesses, it is important for every teenager to be vocal about mental health problems more than ever before. It is important for people to understand that it is okay not to be okay. As youths, we can contribute to reduce mental health crisis by getting involved in campaigns and working with organizations who advocate for mental health awareness. But most importantly, we should start from ourselves. You need to reduce your stress and do what makes you happy and please don’t hesitate to talk about your problems to your friends.


I am working for mental health awareness from a very small scale. Through my stories and articles, I am doing my part. I want to work on a large scale in the very near future. There are different organizations like Koshish National, CMC (Cector for Mental Health and Counselling) Nepal etc are working for mental health awareness. Similarly, youth connection centre and AYON recently conducted a three days campaign called ‘My psycho health’ in different colleges and institutions. These kinds of programs should continue which have the capability of creating an impact on a large scale.


I appeal to everyone not to ignore the pain within your mid and that of anyone near you because change starts from you. Thank you!

Entrepreneurship Panel – Presentation

Arkaprabho Gosh, 16, India, Entrepreneur

Topic: Things to keep in mind when starting a startup company


Hello everyone! My name is Arkaprabho Gosh. First of all, let me introduce my company. I am the co-founder of Kitomo Export Pvt. Ltd. I formed this company with a mission to solve problems like unemployment and poverty. Through this company, I am trying to implement environment friendly projects in rural parts of India. I am presently working on biofuel project. By 2020 we aim to employ about 30 thousand people from West Bengal


Today, I want to share my life experiences and give out suggestions to help anyone who wants to open a startup company. So, at first, you need to be original. You need to start with your own original idea, and you shouldn’t be copying others. This is the most basic thing. Secondly, we need to identify customer pinpoint. If you don’t analyze what customer or the market wants, it is difficult to run a startup company. Then, you can create solutions and test your pilot project in the market.


Third one is, do not quit your current job. We often think we need to leave the stable job we have to start a company, but that is not true. If you are an employee and working for a company, then don’t quit your job to start our entrepreneurial journey because in startup you need to invest money which needs financial stability. Quitting your job can hamper your stability and might not help you gain success in your startup company.


Then, the most important part is, do not depend on investors. Many people who aspire to be an entrepreneur plan to search for investors when they’re starting out. No investor will be as invested as you are when you’re starting a business. You yourself need to invest your money in your dream. When you’re established and your startup is getting some exposure, then you can think of approaching investors. This is the most important part many entrepreneurs overlook. They spend more time in finding investors and get discouraged when they don’t one. You need to spend more time to find customers and experimenting with your ideas.


Similarly, you need to be focused on what you are doing. It is the only way you can make your startup reach greater heights. To give you an example, one of my friends who launched a startup, and everything was going fine until he wasn’t interested in it and wanted to move on with another idea immediately. If you frequently change your mind, then it can be toxic. Focusing on one thing and going forward with you will accelerate your journey. Likewise, you need to build a strong team because a good team is an important asset for any startup. It will be easier if you can find a co-founder who can help you with the process. Furthermore, you also need to grow your network which can be helpful.


You also shouldn’t be afraid of failures. Failure is an important aspect of any successful business because we can only grow and push ourselves when we fail. You need to learn from your failures. Lastly, you need to remember ‘age is just a digit’. You shouldn’t let your age discourage you from doing or starting anything. Thank you!

Socio Perspective Panel – Presentation

Prisma Pokharel, 16, Nepal, Public Speaker


Topic: How to build socio- perspective


Hi everyone! I am Prisma Pokharel, a 16-year-old teenager from Nepal speaking in front of you to give a presentation on the theme of socio perspective. I’d like the thank the Glocal team for giving me this wonderful opportunity to share my views on this topic.


Our perspective depends upon various things and is shaped by different things around our society. Before I move on to the details of my presentation, I’d like to define what society and socio perspective are. A society is a group of individuals involved in persistent social interaction, or a large social group sharing the same geographical or social territory, typically subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations. Likewise, socio perspective is a perspective on human behavior and its connection to society as a whole.


I’d like to explain the concept of socio perspective by dividing my presentation into three sections. In these three sections I’d like to explain three things and they are: Hierarchy of Life, Personal Development and Cultural development.


Let’s talk about hierarchy of life. Hierarchy means how a child grows up to be an adult and then slowly becomes old and completes his life. Our life has different stages. The first stage is Infancy, then we have the confusing stage where young people are often confused and curious about everything. Then, we have the learning phase and subsequently, we have the activist phase. Next phase is habituated phase and then there is passive phase. Among all of these stages, let’s talk about the activist phase which ranges from 13 to 35 years. I believe most of us here fall under this age group. This is the stage where we create something and make changes in the society. The activist phase is also the stage where we build up our socio perspective to lead a better life.


Talking about personal development, it is an important aspect of building socio perspective. The responsibility of development falls upon us. I have jotted down some of the key features of personal development. They are development of positivity, self-esteem, communication skills, planning, leadership and management. In order to truly gain a perspective, we need to look into ourselves and develop ourselves first. We need to instill positivity in us build important skills necessary to to gain the outlook we need in life.


Finally, cultural identity is another key aspect of socio-perspective. Exchange of our culture and values is important to identify ourselves and among others as well. This kind of exchange leads to learning and help people know about diverse and rich culture surrounding us. We can truly gain perspective of our society when we understand cultural identity of different people in our society.


So, to gain socio perspective we need to understand the hierarchy of life, develop ourselves personally and grasp our and others cultural identity. With this, I’d like to end my presentation. Thank you everyone for your patience!


Empowerment Panel


Mr. Anil Chitrakar, President of Siddharth Inc.



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


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



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 




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:,, 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


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



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.


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?




  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.




  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.



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?



  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.



  1. Good Idea
  2. Timing
  3. Business model



  1. Dedication
  2. Faith
  3. Success



  1. Idea
  2. Time
  3. Networking



  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.