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Naturally, this first blog post of mine will be about the youth orientation facilitated by Allen Bailochan Tuladhar Sir. You might feel the urge to click away hoping to prevent yourself from reading the same rehashed story countless times, but I’m sure I could provide a bit of diversity with this piece. Instead of sequentially recalling what happened during the presentation, I’ll try to present a succinct analysis (that is more of a review than an analysis) of what I believe happened last Friday.

I’ll start with a brief summary. We started late; got assigned pairs (except me because I was literally the odd one out); introduced our paired friends (since I didn’t have a pair, I introduced everyone); powered through the first portion of the presentation; drank coffee; got lunch, sprinkled with quite a bit of discussion and a one-minute presentation from our assigned lunch groups; engaged in the next portion of the presentation; got our pictures and videos taken; and continued on to the end of the orientation.

With that out of the way, I want to talk about a few specifics that interested me quite a bit about the youth program and its prospects, along with the immense help provided by Allen sir’s philanthropic stance on the project. While I was positively enthusiastic about the freebies we would be getting if we had the chance to become selected candidates, I was particularly jubilant about the free open courses we would be provided with. As an online learner, I can’t begin to express my awe regarding the same. As a large chunk of my time is spent on edx, coursera, and similar other open course ware services like those from MIT and Stanford lectures on YouTube. The added possibility for certification was the cherry on top for me. This is incredibly important not only because of the free education, but also because it has the possibility of providing a properly structured informal learning for anyone I would wish to learn with.

The startup supports provided were also praiseworthy in their own right. In times of inadequate funding and dire need of guidance, such a crutch become essential for blooming entrepreneurs. Providing such a facility will greatly involve technological societal productivity. Moreover, I was amazed by the Digital Literacy initiative that took suitcases filled with tablet computers taken to rural areas with barely any access to such instruments of wonder. That is definitely something I would love to be engaged in.

Another important aspect of the orientation was the interactive encouragement and the discussion sessions. During our lunch, we were given a task to come up with a solution to a pressing adolescent problem and we had to fight within our own group for the right to have our say, and that too for only a measly minute. Those aren’t the main discussions that livened up that day for me. What really bagged my praise was when we talked about Financial literacy, the edheba app, its business model and sustainability, possibility for a decentralized banking system, and a plethora of other questions. Adding to that was the need, current status, problems, and prospects of localization of services and products to be used in Nepal. While I was always a bit inclined towards localizing technology such as voice recognition and platform language translation, Allen sir’s insight on the problems with such trials made me rethink my stance on the same. Although I have not completely discarded my involvement in said field, I was provided with a valuable food for thought that I even took home with me that day.

All in all, I am very thankful for having been a part of the orientation and am looking forward to the end of August so that we may all have a go at this new and exciting platform of idea exploration, problem solving, and globalization of our skill set for local solutions.


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Posted: 07-12-2018 6:54 PM by Aayush Poudel