Youth are changemaker of society

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Youth are changemaker of society

Young people should generate the very best of ideas to transform the community and the world, developing a culture of peace, non-violent and work towards budding information society; where specially youth is not the only leader of tomorrow but they are current positive change-makers and partners of their society and the world.

We have deadly internal war and 13,000 our brother and sister are departures from us forever within these 10 years. Presently, the country is heading towards peace accord. Led by a grassroots people’s movement seeking to regain democratic control, Nepal may have finally turned a corner and be on the road to lasting peace. The King has relinquished power, an interim government has been formed, the Maoists have called a cease-fire, and a peace process is seemingly underway. But, in the cycle of conflict, such opportunities to gain peace are very fragile. As recent unrest in the Terai region of Nepal demonstrates, there are still many marginalized groups who wish to have their voices heard and who are demanding a more inclusive political representation.

Youth are changemaker of society

As the peace process moves forward and citizens discuss an inclusive vision of a new Nepal, we should listen and implement civil society agendas. It is essential to listen to the voices and perspectives of youth too. Not only have youth been heavily affected by the impact of on-going violence and human rights abuses, but youth also have a vital stake in tackling the root causes of conflict and promoting long-term stability and development.

No short cut is there to reach peace. It is the most complicated process, and one has to go crossing innumerable bends. Peace does not come itself with the drumbeat sounds in the horizon. It shoots up with sitting the faces of differences together, talking on the issues and searching the best options for agreement. Peace dialogue is the selection of the best alternatives among the proposed heaps of agendas. So many challenges have to be shouldered. In the course of dealing with the risks, each has to have the patience to open the doors of possibilities. Diplomacy could play a leading role.

We youth have to build up an important forum to encourage, support and work in solidarity with national and international young people who are promoting peaceful alternatives to violence. Today’s youth must necessarily be a part of the process of achieving lasting and firm peace and in helping shape the human rights and peaceful future of Nepal. And make a good example for others and Universally any group of people will never take weapons to raise their voiceless voices, freedom of expression, institutional democracy and sustainable peace.

In my View, We have an opportunity to create a magnificent new world, and we have a grave responsibility to take action now. It is young people of our world that hold the key to the global transformation that is necessary. It is a transformation out of a Culture of War and Violence, into a Culture of Peace – peace for oneself, one’s family and friends, one’s society and the world community. Together we can make it happen, or together we can turn our backs and accept the world that others create for us – good or bad. Lots of different national and international forum brings together youth from around the world who are greatly inspired to be the change agents in our world, creating a better world for all. And Together, we can make a difference for us and the next generation.

What I personally felt is that negligence, avoidance, compulsive sacrifice does never help to solve the problem; rather understanding others needs and concerns, respecting self and others, listening unheard voices are the keys to solve any problems. We also came to know the importance of networking and learned why one instrument couldn’t create an orchestra.

I believe that networking among youths is critical to know cultural differences and individual perspectives. After perceiving from the perspective of other’s perspective, we can estimate what actually is the cause of various conflicts that occur in every part of the world. And hence we can initiate peace works right from the local community by respecting individual rights and accepting cultural and ethnic differences for managing and transforming conflicts as the root cause of any conflicts is insensitiveness and disrespect to other culture, identity and rights. And, time and again right from the ancient time youths have been continuously being exploited and used in violent activities be it from the Government side or the rebels’ side, be it in the name of religion or the name of identity or be it in the name of nationality or the name of superiority. Now the time has come to support youths in peace works.

Finally, It is also the responsibility of the youths to promote Human Rights practices and work of peace to change the community. Is violence the very nature of youths? Are youths only the weapon for violence? Are youth so aggressive that they only bring about destruction, vandalism and disturbances in this world? Can’t they be involved in recreational work like saving humanity, restoration of peace, protection of the Women Rights, Child Rights? These queries have really been the biggest agenda in nations, like Nepal. Now, the time has ripened, and it’s really high time for the youths to prove that they also have a compassionate heart that can love humanity, adore their existence. They also have the spirit of saving this beautiful earth and set an example to every human. And youth power can be the greatest power to bring humanity together to restore peace and change the community and the world.

By Phadindra

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International Youth Summer School 2005

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