ASD Youth Programme in collaboration with Association of Youth Organisations in Nepal (AYON) conducted a discussion programme on “Addressing the Issues of Youth in the Upcoming Constituent Assembly Election” on September 20, 2013 in Kathmandu. The objective of the programme was to provide a common platform for youths wings of political parties, civil society, youth leaders and youth from diverse group to emphasize the need of addressing youth issue(s) in the memorandum for the upcoming CA election up to its implementation. A total of 43 participants consisting of youth leaders from eight political parties and youth led organisations participated in the programme.
ASD Youth program together with Faculty Debate Initiative (FDI) conducted a three day debate training with thirteen young faculty members in Janakpur from May 11- 14, 2013.
The training was conducted with the objectives to; introduce debate as an educational tool in institutions in Janakpur and neighboring districts, integrate debate in the curriculum and/or as an extra-curricular activities among students and promote an environment of dialogue and discussions on local and national issues among youth in the region.
The thirteen participating faculty members were from the Department from Anthropology, Rural Development, Sociology, Education and English.
ASD Youth Programme organised a half day meeting on 20 March 2013 with the members of the Dolakha Debate Club. The club consisting of a total of nine members was established on September 16, 2012 by the alumni of New Media and Debate Workshop 2010/11 and the members of the Nepal Debate Initiative (NDI). The main agenda of the meeting was to explore possibilities for growth and sustainability of the newly established debaters club in the region.
Similarly, an interaction programme with the local stakeholders was also held on the same day. During the programme the participants discussed the nature of the fortnightly radio debate programme on Radio Sailung, a community FM station, and expressed their views on areas for improvement and expansion.
ASD Youth Programme in coordination with Faculty Debate Initiative (FDI) and the Faculty of Department of Conflict and Peace Studies at the Mid-Western University conducted a half day discussion programme on “Introduction to Debate” on 29 March 2013 in Surkhet, Nepal. A total of 45 participants including graduate and undergraduate level students of Conflict and Peace Studies and Social Work and the alumni of New Media and Debate Workshop (2010 till 2012) were present at the programme.
The Department of Conflict and Peace Studies have started teaching debate since beginning 2013 to its students with the objective to help them learn and acquire skills required for critical thinking, effective communication, and managing conflict through structured debate.
Meeting with the members of Nepal Debate Initiative (NDI) was held on February 16, 2013 at Yalamaya Kendra in Lalitpur. The meeting was held with the objective to discuss the way forward for NDI and explore grant making opportunities to ensure sustainability and independence. Altogether fourteen members from Kathmandu, Dolakha, Birgunj and Nuwakot took part in the meeting.
ASD Youth Program organised five day debate training on British Parliamentary format with faculty members from three Universities, namely; Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu University and Mid-Western University from September 02-06, 2012 in Nagarkot and three day training on the similar format of debating with University level students from September 08-10, 2012 in Lalitpur. The training was conducted by Mr. Logan Balajivendran.
Mr. Balajivendra, an educationist from Malaysia has more than a decade of experience within a formal university environment developing undergraduates, postgraduates and working professional in varying class sizes. He has conducted training workshops in more than 15 countries, for students of all ages and abilities, from all over the world.