Kathmandu, September 1, 2017: Sachin Dangi, a multi-talented youth originally from Dang, has been awarded with the title of ‘Wai Wai Glocal Teen Hero 2017’ amidst a special function organized in the capital today. Jury members of the national competition, Upaul Majumdar, Suraj Vaidya, Ranjit Acharya, and Renaud Meyer handed over the Trophy to the winner.
Having completed his secondary education from KMC School and high school from Xavier International College, Sachin is currently the President of Teenage Society of Nepal, an online group of over 5000 Nepali teenagers seeking to contribute for a social cause. At this point, he is sketching plans for ‘7 days 7 heritage’ project and running ‘Human Right Awareness’ project, and briefing about all articles written in human right deceleration forum to teens in Nepal and abroad. He was also the national delegate of First Nepal-Bangladesh Youth Conclave and Nepal-India Bilateral Talk, drafting resolutions about SDGs. He is also the Ambassador of OYA Opportunities for Nepal and a young scientist at Kaicho Group Nepal.
This year’s competition had received over 320 applications, from fascinating teenagers demonstrating the diverse potential of this often underlooked age-group of people. The applicants had demonstrated their skills and expertise, and made an impact in their society, from areas like social work to journalism, from mobile app development and computer programming, to robotics, and from entrepreneurship to community development among others.
Sachin was selected from among top 6 finalists in the competition viz. Albina Parwin (16 years, Social Activist, Sunsari), Ayush Pandey (17 years, Computer Programmer, Rupandehi), Prithu Singh Thakuri (19 years, Entrepreneur, Kathmandu), Rajaram Basnet (18 years, Social Activist, Dolakha), Dang), and Tanmay Chaudhary (17 years, Inventor, Dhangadhi).
Glocal Teen Hero is the only national platform in Nepal to recognize and honor the outstanding teenagers. It is a platform for Nepali teenagers to share their initiation, creativity, and enthusiasm which will then motivate them and more of the other teenagers in the nation to develop an entrepreneurial thinking.
This is the third edition of the first ever program designed in the country to recognize dedicated, passionate, and innovative teenagers so as to encourage their initiatives. Bipana Sharma, a 17-year old child rights activist from Sunwal, Nawalparasi, and Santosh Lamichhane, young robot inventor were felicitated with the First and Second Glocal Teen Hero awards in the years 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Started from inside the Kathmandu valley only in the year of inception, the competition this year had reached out to teenagers nationwide (18 different destinations to be precise), and conducted interactivesessions in various schools, colleges and communities.
To make the program a grand success, this year, Glocal partnered with Wai Wai, Coca-Cola, Panchakanya Group, Honda, QFX Cinemas, Toyota (VOITH) and Landmark Education. Nepal Tourism Board, European Union, UNDP and National Youth Council are the strategic partners for the program. Facts, IMS Group, KGH Group, YUWA, AYON, Restless Development, YES! Club World Nepal, View Your Choice, Hotel Ambassador, International Youth Committee and Anurodh Nepal are the supporters of the program. Soaltee Crowne Plaza is the official hospitality partner. Sparrow SMS is the SMS partner and EventsMo is the Event App Partner. Partnership with various such organizations working on youth-segment helped the program reach every nook and corners of the country, and ensured no teenagers having talents and potential were left-out from the competition.
The respected 5-member jury panel had shortlisted the 6 amazing teens (ages 13-19) for their achievements, initiations or innovation in any other field outside of their respective school’s or college’s curriculum. The jury panel this year comprises of Mr. Renaud Meyer, UNDP Country Director to Nepal, Mr. Suraj Vaidya, President of Vaidya’s Organization of Industries, Mr. Upaul Majumdar, General Manager of Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Ms. Reecha Sharma, Actress, and Mr. Ranjit Acharya, CEO of Prisma Advertising.
The selection was based on their resume, the evidence and an essay on their accomplishment.
These six teens also went through a six-days-long capacity building workshop, trainings, corporate visits and recreation.
After SMS voting round, the finalists were then individually interviewed on the basis of attitude, vision and articulation by the panel of judges and Sachin was declared as the Fantastic Teen for the year 2017.
The action-packed award ceremony held at Soaltee Crowne Plaza today was attended by 250+ personalities of Nepal from different walks of life, such as diplomats, politicians, film stars, entrepreneurs, educators, youth leaders and many more. The celebration and award galawas also broadcasted live on AP1 HD Television.
‘Wai Wai Glocal 20 Under 20’ announced
On August 10, 2017, Glocal Pvt. Ltd. unveiled the list of 20 brightest Nepali youths under the age of 20. The youths were from various diverse fields ranging from social work, child right activism, computer programming, science, journalism, technology, and entrepreneurship among others.
The annual list of game changers seeks to recognize and honor the exceptional youths from various fields.
Releasing the list, Asish Thakur, Executive Director of Glocal Pvt. Ltd., said, “The Wai Wai Glocal 20 Under 20 list is the ultimate honor roll of young game changers reshaping Nepal for the better. This platform will encourage the youths to share their initiation, creativity, and enthusiasm which will then motivate them and more of the other youths in the nation to develop an entrepreneurial thinking.”
The selected youths were honored amidst the Grand celebration of Wai Wai Glocal Teen Hero award today.
Stories of these youths are published at Glocal Khabar.
First Wai Wai Glocal International Teen Conference 2017 held
Similarly, Glocal also organized the first Wai Wai Glocal International Teen Conference on September 1, 2017.
Wai Wai Glocal International Teen Conference (GITC) is the first ever international conference for teenagers in Nepal. GITC is an opportunity for teenagers to authentically address issues that are important to them without having to overcome generational barriers. The conference showcased the ideas, experience, and stories of the teenagers from different countries like India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Liberia, Serbia, Cambodia, etc. through series of panel discussions. The panel majors on Entrepreneurship, Empowerment and Socio-Perspective.
The main objective of this conference was to be the platform of the Global Teenagers’ Meet and set an example of teenagers who have worked in countries with more difficulties and spreading a positivity that things are possible with efforts. It is a platform for knowledge and experience where teenagers can learn about leadership, empowerment and social impact through a participatory and interactive environment with their peers from all over the globe.
The conference was held at Soaltee Crowne Plaza, followed by the Grand celebration of Wai Wai Glocal Teen Hero award ceremony 2017.