OD Success Story: Preeti Shakya from Nepal
Last year, we published the call for entries for the “Education Youth Video Challenge” by the Education Commission. The challenge invited 13 to 30-year-olds to submit short videos addressing two questions: How can education best prepare you for the future? What would your ideal school of the future look like?
Preeti Shakya, 23, from Nepal saw the information and responded to the call by compiling a video on child marriage and girl-child education and entering the competition. She eventually emerged Second Place winner out of over 400 entries from around the world.
Read her note to us below:
Hi, I am Preeti Shakya from Nepal. In mid 2016 I came across this opportunity in the Opportunity Desk website. It was called the ‘Education Youth Video Challenge’ which invited youths to define their vision on education through a 30 seconds or less video. Though my country, Nepal stands on the verge of development, a significant number of girls are deprived of their basic human right to education. I compiled a video co-relating the issue of child marriage and girl child education which was able to bag the second place in the competition amongst 400 submissions from over 60 countries. To put one’s country’s name in the global map is an overwhelming feeling in itself and winning has made it unbelievably certain that I will spend the rest of my life giving back so much more than I have taken from this world.
I can’t thank Opportunity Desk enough in words for empowering us with information that are vital to procuring opportunities for growth and development. Platforms like OD prove to be very useful in bridging the gap between youths and growth opportunities for them which prepare them to be responsible global citizens of the world.
My piece of advice to individuals striving to make a difference and make this world a better place is to push themselves out of their comfort zone, take as many risks as they can, nothing comes easy but hard work is always rewarded and to undertake things especially the ones they consider to be impossible because ‘what the mind can conceive, it can achieve’.
Thank you for sharing this important message with us, Preeti and congratulations! We wish you greater achievements this year and beyond.
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