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Their choice: either trek fours hours or no school. Your choice …?



Sarita Tamang, 13, is the first girl in her family to go to school. She might not have an option to complete even secondary education, however. She studies in grade seven in her village in Nepal, about 45 miles southwest of Kathmandu.

Her current school offers classes only up to eighth grade. The nearest school is a four hour round trip trek from her village.

“If I were a boy, it might be possible for me to continue school. As a girl child, I am expected to help in the household chores,” she said. “I simply cannot imagine that I would be allowed to go to school at such a long distance.”

According to UNICEF, only 3 out of 10 girls are enrolled for secondary education in Nepal.

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Rohan Chalise, 18, is an A-Level student at Brihaspati High School in Kathmandu. He feels lucky to have been born in the choices and luxury of Kathmandu. “I feel very sad knowing students of the same age group as mine have to walk so far just to reach school.”



He and his friends are determined to help build the Sarita’s school. Recently, they gathered in a parking lot of a super market in Kathmandu and collected Rupees 40,000 ($550) by washing cars. (Watch Rohan and his friends helping renovate a school)

We need $5,000 to help Sarita’s school, so the school can add classrooms and offer education up to the secondary level.

Our support will help buy cement and iron rods, while community members will offer other locally available materials and shramadana (gift of labor).

Would you help Rohan and his friends in their campaign to build a school?
You can help by:
1. Making tax-deductible donation to the project.
2. Passing along this email to your friends and families and ask them to tell others.

Thank you so much for your support.

Sincerely,
Shisir Khanal

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मधेश अान्दोलनमा सहभागि अान्दोलनरत दल, समर्थक विचार निर्माताहरु, सहभागिहरुले नयंा संविधान  मधेस विरोधि भयो भनेर उ्ठाइएका विभिन्न मुद्दा मध्ये नयां संविधानमा जनसंख्याको अाधारमा प्रतिनिधित्व भएन भन्ने पनि छ। अधिवक्ता दिपेन्द्र झा ले लेख्नु भएका विभिन्न लेख र फेसबुक पोस्टहरु मा, "धारा ८४(१)(क)प्रतिनिधिसभाको प्रत्यक्ष तर्फ रहेका १६५ सिटको लागि जनसंख्याको आधारमा निर्वाचन क्षेत्र कायम गर्ने प्रावधान राख्नु पर्छ । हाल भूगोल र जनसंख्याको आधारमा राखिएको छ । बरु कर्णाली, मनाङ जस्ता भौगोलिक विकटता भएको क्षेत्रको लागि विशेष प्रावधान राख्न सकिन्छ ।‍ " यो मुद्दा प्रमुख रुपमा उ्ठाईको देखिन्छ । 

सामान्यतया प्रजातान्त्रिक व्यवस्थाहरुमा, जनसंख्या नै प्रतिनिधित्वको मुल अाधार हो । एक व्यक्ति, एक भोट र त्यसैको अाधारमा हुने प्रतिनिधित्वको व्यवस्था । यसअर्थमा मधेसबाट उ्ठाईको मुद्दा ठिक लागे पनि, नेपाल जस्तो भौगोलिक  जटिलता र दुर्गमता भएको जिल्ला भएको देशको लागि एकांकि ढंगले सोच्नु कत्तिको सार्थक छ?  नेपालको परिवेशमा जनसंख्यलाई मात्र हैन, भुगोललाई पनि प्रतिनिधित्वको हुनु पर्ने अाधार देखि्न्छ । 


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