3rd October 2018:
A one day Workshop on ‘SDGs and its Localization’ was organized by Reinstalling Hope, a 301(c) non-profit organization based on the US in collaboration with United Nations-Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth. The Workshop took place at one of the public school located at the rural site near kathmandu, Nepal. The major agenda of the Program was to disseminate the idea of Sustainable Development Goals and its importance to the students of Grade 9 and 10 of the School. The Program was led by the presence of distinct participants from the School, District officials, University Students, University Professor and Ward President of the Concerned Locality.
It was a pleasure, observing the comprehensive number of participants from a diverse background. With my Coordination with University colleagues and the Advisor at Reinstalling Hope, the program was successfully able to communicate with all the major agendas and the aspects of Sustainable Development Goals and its importance in localizing it with respect to the Community people and the Students involved within. The Design of the Program was based more on the involvement of the students and their brainstorming exercises in the dissemination of ideas and resolutions to draft major concept on ‘Role of youth in building sustainable community’
Beginning with my introductory session on SDGs, I briefly delineated about the United Nations-Sustainable Development Solutions Network and about the role of SDSN Youth in achieving the 2030 Agendas. Following with the concept of SDGs, my major concern was to aware the students and also the community people involved in the workshop about the local targets and the major focus areas before the global goals.
Mentioning that, Global goals is not only a priority on global paradigms of development but indeed it comprehends the need of all the individual, local and national goals from their respective level of understanding. And until or unless the concept of sustainability is not enriched and reached in every local places, the global goals agenda is yet mistaken and is questionable. If we still believe in achieving the global 17 by 2030 then we must ensure that the key to unlock the pathways to sustainable development goals are hidden within many societies around the globe that are left unaware and concealed about the Sustainable Development. While it is always in a top of the priority to function on localizing its necessity and its working paradigms observing the state and the need of the society. This means that participation of the community people and the school youths is one of the primary asset for bridging the gap between the action and the target of the global goals.
Since the global goals comprehends all the major aspects which most of us are still bounded by our negligence within our community followed by - Women Violence, Trafficking, Social Violence, Child Abuse, etc, the construction of ideas and solutions can still be pending if we do not allow the local or rural people gets involved in the measures. As the localization of the SDGs is totally oriented with the structure of the community on the basis of various social dimensions, the local youths must be provided with all the necessary instruments to tackle the challenges and build up a better community.
Since most of the youths in our community are still unaware about the SDGs, one major challenge for the youths like us working on SDGs is to create a platform for those youths to act in their community from their individual level and the rest of the part is ours to monitor and evaluate the achievements. A similar model of exercise can be done even within the classroom, which me along with my team did at Shree-Baghbhairab School, a rural-public school near Kathmandu.
Precisely, a mental model like that inside a classroom or elsewhere can assist in transforming those actions into the real world. In other words, we often call it as a ‘change-mechanism’ since how our comprehensive session within a class can deliberately support in achieving the global goals by the time we are not late.
Ajit Bhatta is a SDG Coordinator based at Kathmandu University, Nepal. He is also a regional officer at Reinstalling Hope. He is currently doing Masters in Development Studies at Kathmandu University, and a Social Work Graduate from Tribhuvan University. He previously volunteered at United Nations Youth and Students Associations of Nepal, and was a Country Delegate at International Religious Youth Service Project and International Youth Summit.