National Youth Leadership Summit 2019

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Youth and Government, Together for Youth Employment

12th March 2019

The  Ministry of Labour Employment and Social Security and Daayitwa today co-organized National Youth Leadership Summit, in the theme ‘Youth and Government, together for Youth Employment’ at Hotel Himalaya, Kupondole. Honorable Gokarna Bista, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security graced the event as the Chief Guest. “We need to bring the youth’s energy together to develop Nepal; the present scenario of the information gap between employers and young employees including skills gap in the labor market is an important subject for the government to work on. A team of three ministers has been formed to bring together training and skills implementing organizations under one single umbrella to fulfill the demand of the labor market,” said Hon. Gokarna Bista addressing the audience at the event.

“We have decided to formalize the informal job sectors in Nepal lawfully,” said Mr. Bishnu Rimal in the opening session speaking on the need to formalize unconventional jobs in Nepal. The event convened change-agents from the public, private, and social sectors as well as international development community to engage in discussions on the status of youth in the workforce, understanding key youth employment challenges and exploring opportunities for policy and social reforms.

The Summit marked the successful completion of the first year of Daayitwa’s Yuwa Aaja! Campaign. Yuwa Aaja! is a 3-year campaign of the Daayitwa Movement, supported by DFID and ILO. It aims to promote youth employment by 1) understanding key issues, 2) supporting youth to lead evidence-based policy and social reforms and 3) promoting multi-stakeholder knowledge-sharing. In 2018, Yuwa Aaja! mobilized 30 Daayitwa Innovation Leaders (DILs) to lead 6 campaigns – 2 each at provincial, federal and local level, which focused on different cross-cutting issues (such as dignity of labour, information gaps in the labour market, emphasising the importance of technical education, and encouraging young people to take up employment in agriculture and tourism) hindering the ability of the youth in obtaining gainful and equitable work opportunities in Nepal.

“We have already begun partnering with Daayitwa for fellowships to support some of our priorities,” said Prakash Dahal, National Program Director, Prime Minister Employment and Joint Secretary at Ministry of Labour Employment and Social Security highlighting the importance of youth and government collaboration.

The opening session of the event included sharing the outcome of the six campaigns. Later, the panel sessions brought together Ashok Kumar Shahi, Mayor, Tansen Municipality; Prakash Dahal, Joint Secretary, MoLESS; Juna Mathema, Managing Director of Blitz Media and Vice-President of Nepalese Young Entrepreneurs’ Forum and Munesh Gubhaju, Daayitwa Innovation Leader 2018 (Local) and Lecture at Tribhuvan Multiple Campus in Palpa. It discussed ways to enhance economic opportunities for young people and ensure their voices at both policy and programmatic levels. The session was moderated by Bibhusan Bista, CEO, Young Innovations.

Juna Mathema in the panel discussion mentioned, “The government, during their consultations, should not only focus on political youths involved in student unions or party wings but also on youth entrepreneurs, who have a lot of good experiences and insights to share.”

Daayitwa also launched Yuwa Aaja! Hackathon in collaboration with YoungInnovations, Women Leaders in Technology, Robotic Association of Nepal and CSIT Association of Nepal. Through the hackathon, Daayitwa is aiming to provide a platform for youth in developing promising applications that can help to solve identified issues in youth employment in Nepal. The top three winners will receive attractive cash prize and an opportunity to take forward their solutions to next level. There will be 6 challenges in area of youth employment.

The second half of the Summit comprised of Leadership Studio curated by Nepal Leadership Academy, which engaged the participants to generate possible solutions to address four specific issues related to promoting domestic youth employment in Nepal. The topics included: Designing National Campaign on Dignity of Labor, Institutionalizing Youth Voices in Government, Bridging the Education and Employment Gap, and Access to Economic Opportunity for Women.

The National Youth Leadership Summit was organized in collaboration with Nepal Leadership Academy, Association of Youth Organizations Nepal, Federation of Nepal Cottage and Small Industries, Innovation Action Palpa, National Youth Council, Nepalese Young Entrepreneurs’ Forum, Thames College and YUWA.

Daayitwa envisions an enterprising Nepal where every citizen has an opportunity for prosperous future. Through a national enterprise campaign, Daayitwa aims to promote inclusive and enterprise-driven economic growth. For more information, please visit www.daayitwa.org.