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Interaction on “Student Movements and the Concern of Leadership Development” Held

On the occasion of 64th International Human Rights Day and National Human Rights Magna Meet 2012,   Jagaran Nepal organized one day interaction program on “Student Movements and the Concern of Leadership Development” under “Policy Advocacy and Capacity Building for Women’s Political Inclusion-WIP” project on December 5, 2012. The program was happened amidst the participation of youth leaders belonging to student and youth wings leaders of political parties and some social field youth. The Chairpersons and central committee members of the major student unions namely Jagrit Raimajhi, Senior Vice-Chairperson of All Nepal Free Students Union- Revolutionary (ANFSU-R);  Ranjit Karna, Chairperson of Nepal Students Union (NSU); Madhav Dhungel, Chairperson of All Nepal Free Students Union(ANFSU); Suresh Mandal, Chairperson of Terai Madhes Students Front (TMSF)and  Surya Yadav, Central Committee Member of Madhesi Students Forum, Democratic  (MSFD) shared their student movements experiences and  the challenges and gaps of leadership development in the program.

Citing on the objectives of the program, Jagaran Nepal Chairperson and program chair Sharmila Karki said that Jagaran Nepal has regularly been advocating the issue of governance since its establishment and for that women’s capacity enhancement, advocacy on women’s political inclusion in politics and youth sensitization and capacity building programs are being carried out. She further said that each sector and its leadership development is not out of certain challenges and hurdles so there is a need of a mechanism to eradicate the bad practices and institutionalize the good practices.

Sharing own experience of student movements and leadership development, ANFSU-R senior vice chairperson Jagrit Raimajhi remembered the personalities of student movements. He cited the features of student movements in Nepal, its weakness, challenges and political trend in leadership development. Similarly, he pointed out the need of women’s empowerment for women’s inclusive participation in all sectors. 

Sharing the experiences, NSU Chairperson Ranjit Karna said that NSU has been trying to build the leadership in pyramid basis where women’s inclusion issues are to be incorporated. He further said that the leadership development and the student movements concerns and its success are basically relied on the political situation of the country and it will be determined whether the country is politically established or not. 

Madhav Dhungel, ANFSU Chairperson said that the history has always challenged and questioned the capacity of women so to break the challenges there is a need of awareness which can be gained through better education system. He further said that there is a need of collective voice of student unions to get success in the student movements and there is no need of any forms of movements if the state is supportive to the need and demands of inaccessible people and citizens. 

Similarly sharing the experience, Suresh Mandal, TMSF Chairperson said that each of the students movement period was pitiful. He further said that the students are only used in any democratic movements in Nepal but their contributions have never been honored, which makes us disappointed.   He cited that the inclusion issue should be applied in all sectors including student and youth wings also.

Surya Yadav,  MSFD central committee member said that the youth and student leadership in Nepal has always been used but now it is the time to make our leadership more critical towards our political ideology that makes a change for the quality education in Nepal.

In the program, the youth participants put their queries to the guest speakers on the changed roles and situation of student movements; the unity among the various student unions; the conflict created by the political transitional situation and its minimization; giving priority for women’s participation in the unions through amending the constitutions; youth participation in politics; role of youth leadership for natural sources utilization etc. The participants were acquainted with the challenges and problems in leadership role  from the program.

In the program, Kiran Chalise, Jagaran Nepal project coordinator welcomed the guests and participants initially by briefing the program objectives and the initiatives taken by Jagaran Nepal for youth sensitization on women rights issues including women’s political inclusion. The program was conducted by jagaran Nepal Senior Program Coordinator Meena Bista.

Some Glimpses of the Program: