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Youth activism and engagement can bring about important social changes that are sometimes left behind. You don’t have to wait to be an adult to be an active member of your community. Your opinion matters and it should be heard. 

The foundation of an entire nation, its economy and consequently its future depends on how well the youth is educated.The young generation is no longer turning a blind eye to politics and government. More and more people from the younger generation are expressing interests in politics and how the country governed. 

According to the census 2011, 11 million of the Nepal's entire population is the youth . It is, therefore, imperative that their say in who will run the country and who won’t will make more than just a small difference. If the 11 million and counting join hands and decide to free the country of corruption and bad governance , it is not a task that cannot be achieved.

Youth activism and engagement can bring about important social changes that are sometimes left behind. You don’t have to wait to be an adult to be an active member of your community. Your opinion matters and it should be heard. 

Social media has managed to give the “shy Nepali youth” the power to speak their mind. Voicing ones opinion is no longer a luxury of the rich and the elite. Anyone and everyone can be heard. You do not need to have access to the best academic grooming to be able to come out and talk about what you feel about any pertinent issue. The youth is asking questions. The youth is coming out on the streets and protesting when they have to. The youth is joining hands in solidarity when that is the need of the hour. A platform this powerful needs to be utilized at its fullest and the onus lies on the youth of the country. Speaking your mind online (through social media), and/or offline (at local meetings and gatherings) helps you assert yourself and your interests. Also, you never know who might be listening. Think before posting. Social media has a long memory and things can never truly be deleted.

There are so many deep routed issues this country is plagued by. Just getting educated, involving yourself in politics and making the rightful use of social media is not going to eradicate every single problem in the country.This country needs to win over poverty, get access to proper health care and employment. The responsibility lies with the privileged to help uplift those that are not. Those who have the access to better opportunities should come forward and help those who don’t.

History has time and again vouched for the fact the youth collectively can help achieve the impossible. They are passionate, motivated and strong willed. If the youth make their voices heard and resolve to make a change; there is no reason that Nepal cannot be the developed nation in the world in every sense of the term in next 5 years 

So how can the youth help revolutionize the way an entire generation functions? In what ways can the youth bring about the much required change?

Some of you might not be able to vote yet, but all children and youth hold national and international rights.These rights are only of use to you if you are informed about them, so read up more and know your rights. 

Learn about local issues, Is a roadblock affecting your commute to school? Are the new implementations affecting your family’s livelihood? Whatever the case, learning the issue will help in creating solutions that will have an impact on you.

There are many inspiring youth like you around. Reach out to them. Learn about their efforts and initiatives, they might also work for you! Start connecting and form a network. 

If elections are taking place ( which often takes place), spread the word! Talk to friends and family about registering to vote. If there are important issues that are going unaddressed, become the person who addresses them. You are part of a community, and have the power to educate and influence those around you. Is there an issue you are concerned about? Campaigns are always happening. Find one that corresponds to your issue, join in, and implement the campaign locally. So spread the right word. 

Learn and share your perspectives and views with peers as well as decision-makers. Schools and local organizations can be of great support to you in trying to create a forum for the exchange of ideas. Bring together different communities and understand what you have in common, as well as your differences in interests and perspectives.

Photography, arts and crafts, dance, theatre, sports, street art. Almost anything can be turned into an activist project. What are you good at? Translate it into civic activism! Use your creativity. Join or create a youth organization. Local youth organizations are great places to expand your knowledge and become an active member of your society. If your community doesn’t have an organization representing youth, create one. Be the trendsetter!

Be an inspiration Believe in yourself, and follow your passion. The youth of a nation shapes and moulds its present and paves the way for its future. The young generation shoulders a huge chunk of the responsibility of nation building; not the politicians or the policy makers alone. It would be more accurate to say that the youth working in tandem with the government decide the fate of a nation and its coming generations. It is, therefore, important that the voices of the youth get the right platform. It is necessary that the youth gets to exercise their freedom of speech, their opinion and their ideas. We all care about something, why not stand up for it?


 

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