August 12, 2013. (Pokhara). Today, Alternatives organized Gaky’s Light Fellowship Distribution Ceremony and formally awarded Certificate of Gaky’s Light Fellowship to 12 outstanding students selected this year on the special occasion of 14th International Youth Day. Gaky’s Light Fellowship is a joint program initiated by Alternatives (Nepal based organization) and Eva Nepal, Inc (US based organization).
The awarded students who get the fellowship certificate are: Ramesh Acharya, Krishma Basnet, Bagwan Bastola, Shristhi Shrestha, Sabina Khatun, Puja Shrestha, Sandip regmi, Nirajan Kadayat, Narayan Bhattarai, Anju Kumari Choudhary, Asmita Adhikari, and Pabitra Bhandari.
These students were selected through a rigorous process of primary application, secondary application (written test), reference check, interview, and selection from home and workplace visit with reference check. This year, Alternatives collected fellowship application from Biratnagar (Eastern Nepal), Janakpur (Central Nepal), Butwal (Western Nepal), Dang (Mid Western Nepal), Dhangadi (Far East Nepal) and Pokhara. It received 417 applications from 28 districts and 112 schools for the fellowship.
The students who are selected as fellows will receive scholarship as well as different training for next two years to develop their professional skills. The ultimate focus of Gaky’s Light Fellowship is to develop these youths with professional skills for employment and motivated toward enterprise creation.
This year’s International Youth Day Slogan: “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward” is also directly related with the aim (professional skill development and employment creation for Nepalese youth) of GL Fellowship.
On the program, Samundra Paudel, Founder/Program Director of Alternatives shared the current situation of Nepalese youth. According to him, Nepal is facing huge youth migration since few years. Currently, around 5.6 million youths are working in different foreign countries for lower grade jobs. Annually 400,000 young people enter the labour market in Nepal. In the absence of quality employment opportunities within the country, migration to India and overseas for employment only one option for many youth. More than 1500 youths leave Nepal daily for foreign job market other than India. The reasons behind this are severe unemployment situation within Nepal as well as lack of skill based education in its curriculum.
After distributing the certificate, Buddha Gubhaju, chief guest of the program and youth entrepreneur, said “The program is really great to sensitize and advocate for the need of skill based education, employment and enterprise creation at the time of heavy youth migration.” He added: “Currently, nepali youths have been forced to leave the country for very low paid job as the government failed to provide any skill development training to them and lack of empowerment for enterprise creation.”
On the same program, Alternatives Nepal welcomed Noam Keim as Gaky’s Light Residency for next one year. She will support fellows on trainings related with english language, technology and journalism.
Shiva Paudel, Administrative Officer, Tulashi Sapkota, Secretary and Santosh Koirala, Program Officer, Alternatives, Nischal Kharel and Kalpana Rana, both senior fellows welcomed new fellows in Gaky’s light Fellowship Program and give their wishes for new fellows bright future.