Young changemakers

How do you want to make a change? Youth from Nepal share their views.

Nepalilaisia nuoria ja opettaja pohtimassa ryhmätyön ääressä.

8th grader, Ashmita, 14, is worried over peers who get bullied at school.
“They keep it as a secret. This can influence on their well-being and lead to depression. If someone is being bullied, they can tell it to any student council member. We help to solve the problem.”

Yksinkertaistettu piirros vuorenhuipuista.

Facts about Nepal

2/3 of the country is mountainous. The highest peak in the Himalayas, Mount Everest, is located in Nepal.

Nepal has a population of 29 million.

40 % of the population is under 20 years old.

123 different languages are spoken in the country. The most spoken languages are Nepali, Maithili and Bhojpuri.

Nepalilainen nuori lähikuvassa.
”You can get teased in school if you act different – for example dress or speak – than what is expected from a boy or a girl.”

Hemraj, 19, Nepal

Nepalilainen nuori lähikuvassa.

”My goal is to be a changemaker. Youth face similar challenges everywhere in the world. First the challenges need to be recognized and then we can solve them together.”

Chandani, 17, Nepal

Seinämaalaus ja tekstiä tyttöjen vessarakennuksen seinässä nepalilaisessa koulussa.

Chandani, 17, talks about the challenges to the school attendance of girls.
“There are menstrual taboos in Nepal. In the past when we didn’t have a room for resting and good toilet facilities in our school, the girls left home as soon as their periods started”

Piirroksessa ääriviivoina koulupuvun paita, koulukirja ja kynä.

Schools in Nepal

Education is free in state elementary schools. School uniforms and supplies must be purchased yourself.

The voice of young people in decision-making has been limited. The involvement of young people has been promoted by establishing youth councils and various student councils in schools.

Nepalilainen nuori lähikuvassa.
”We’ve learned about menstruation together with boys. Old and incorrect beliefs are now a thing of the past. We are the new generation.”

Barsha, 16, Nepal

Pöydän ja ison julistepaperin ympärillä seitsemän nepalilaista nuorta keskustelemassa.

Salin and Chandani have been student council members in their schools for four years. Salin tells that the teachers, students and parents all work together for a child-friendly environment. “For youth, it is very important to be themselves. If we want something then we should try to grab it, achieve it.”

Chandani wants to encourage everyone to participate in the society.
”One of the most important things in the student council is the possibility to share your problems with others. Everyone has the freedom to express themselves without being judged.”

Nepalilainen nuori lähikuvassa.

”Because of harmful attitudes, girls’ rights are not fulfilled. Boys also experience discrimination. Discrimination will only end if the whole community participates in change.”

Ishika, 15, Nepal

Nepalilainen nuori lähikuvassa.
”Our student club plays the vital role for the development of making people aware how we should not discriminate others.”

Salin, 15, Nepal

Pöydän ympärillä neljä nepalilaista nuorta, joista yksi tyttö puhuu.

Ishika tells how the students work hard to end discrimination.

”Discrimination takes many forms – for example, on the basis of gender or ethnicity. Discriminatory practices are justified by saying that they are traditions. Our student council increases people’s understanding of discrimination. We do street theater, we talk on the radio and we run campaigns.”

Piirros puhekupla jossa kysymysmerkki.

Do you want to know more?

Please read our information package in Finnish (pdf) on Nepal’s society and youth.

Nepalilainen nuori lähikuvassa.
”Everyone has to be treated equally. The world is everyone’s home and I want people to respect each other.”

Ashmita, 14, Nepal