In a recent meeting, I once again realized the constraints that young persons living with physical disabilities face in daily life. The common perception is that the vast majority of these youths struggle for survival. Lacking jobs and quality education not only due to inaccessible schools but also due to a system that does not recognize their specific needs, these youths are left behind by society.
We need a strong public sector able to provide quality education, a good environment for personal growth and the positive values that shape a person’s character for the entire life. It is a huge responsibility, if you think about it.
Even if such a move won’t go far, it is a gamble worth taking because it would give a strong message to the entire nation: at times of crisis, when the leadership of political parties falls short, then other options can be made available.
I am not only referring to the players’ and their coaches’ sacrosanct right to demand better working and training conditions but I am also thinking that the lack of provisions or even mismanagement or alleged corruption should not preclude them from training even informally both at individual and group levels.
Before the second wave of COVID-19, the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) had unveiled a bold vision document. Now we need a new sense of purpose and a new type of leadership to make it a reality.
In times of an emergency like the one we are currently experiencing I am wondering about the role social work as a profession can play and how it can better contribute to the inclusive development of Nepal. There is a common understanding that social work as such is not much of value and it is easily overlooked within the society despite the innumerable socio-economic challenges faced by the nation.
The forecasts are gloomy and the worst might yet to come.With thousands of people entering the valley, with the government more preoccupied with its own survival than coming up with effective measures aimed at effectively curbing the infection rate through better surveillance, tracing, testing and isolation, the Kathmandu Valley could become the next epicenter of infections.