In collaboration with Sancharika Samuha, the ASD organized a half day discussion program on "Participation of Women Journalists in Decision making level in Media Houses" on 03 August 2012 at Lalitpur.Media Owners, Editor in chief, Senior Journalists, representatives of various journalists association and reporters of media houses in Kathmandu participated in the discussion to talk about the status of women journalists and what can be done to imrpove their position in the decision making level of the media houses.
ASD Youth Program organised a two day Training of Trainers (ToT) on “Karl Popper Debate Format” on July 13 and 14, 2012 in Lalitpur. The purpose of the program was to familiarise debaters with the Karl Popper Debate format and to build their capacity as Karl Popper Debate format trainers, coaches and judges. 22 debaters from Kathmandu, Pokhara, Dolakha and Surkhet including members of Nepal Debate Initiative attended the training.
The ASD organized a "Training of Trainers on Human Rights" from 05-08 July, 2012 at Bhedetar, Dhankuta with the aim of building capacity of human rights defenders/activists working in different districts. The training was focused on human rights norms, principles and provisions of national and international human rights instruments.The objectives of the program was to impart in-depth knowledge to participants on the concept of human rights and provisions of major international human rights instrument and to develop an informed pool of human rights activists and facilitators.
The training was facilitated by experts from Nepal and India.
ASD in conjunction with the Education Support Program of OSF organized a two and a half day workshop on critical thinking titled “Transforming Society through Education: Challenges and Implications” at Kathmandu from 28th June to 30th June, 2012. The workshop was designed with the aim of engaging the members in a participative and interactive manner to model the type and approach to learning and practice that would promote an open society. The workshop brought Critical Thinking Master trainers and other educators from Nepal, Pakistan, India, Thailand and Burma working on issues of Education in South and South East Asia together and sought out to frame the underlying issues and take the conversation forward.
International Debate Education Association (IDEA) in partnership with United Thailand organized the 1st IDEA Asia Youth Forum in Pattaya and Bangkok, Thailand from 14-27 May 2012. Sixteen participants from Nepal were selected for the debate teams, coaches and judges track for this event. Out of these, seven are members of the Nepal Debate Initiative (NDI),an informal network of debaters supported by ASD. The participation intended to build knowledge and capacity of the participants in Karl Popper Debate Format and who in the future are committed to strengthen and promote the activities NDI.
In the first Asian Karl Popper Debate Championships (KPDC), 24 teams of three speakers in each team aged between 14-19 years old from ten Asian countries competed against each other.Akrish Adhikari, 17, Isha Raut, 17 and Yondeen Sherpa, 16 of Nepal Team 2 reached the Grand Finals and became the runner ups in the "Asian Karl Popper Debate Championships 2012". The motion of the debate was: "Foreign workers should be given the right to vote in local elections in the country where they are working for a significant period".
Nepal Team 1 and Nepal Team 3 also made it to the octo-finals (top 8 team). Isha Raut and Yondeep Sherpa bagged the 2nd and 4th best speaker title. Similarly, in the Mixed Team Track (MTT), Kajal Kadmia’s (18) from Janakpur, Nepal was a member of the winning team ‘of MTT. The motion for the Mixed Team Track Finals was: "State should not use labor export as a major economic strategy". Rhythm Uprety took the 10th best speaker position in the MTT.