Supporting adolescents rights and welfare
Supporting adolescents rights and welfare

Gyanendra Nepali is a student of Grade 9 at Mahakali Secondary School which lies in the remote area of Doti. He is the youngest son in his family. His principal Bhumiraj Joshi described him as a sincere and hardworking student.

Along with his studies, he also actively participates in extracurricular activities. He became a member of peer education programme in the school conducted by CEAD Nepal/UMN in co-ordination with schools and local health facility. As its member, he actively participated in every Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) related activities. As a result, he started to become more curious and open in matters related to ASRH. On the recommendation of peer educators and school, he was also selected to participate in the first National Conference on adolescent health and development in Kathmandu from 2-3 May 2016 as an adolescent representative of this district. 
“I felt very happy to have participated in the conference. I learned many useful things to be applied in my life. I also learned about early marriage issues. I reported every activity of the conference in peer educator monthly meeting in my school. I feel very lucky and I am proud to say that I am a member of peer educators,” said Gyanendra. He further mentioned, “My parents are infected with HIV. They are engaged in agriculture. Despite having no regular source of income, I have studied hard with the help and support of others. I am very much inspired from the conference and I will support adolescents rights and welfare without hampering my studies.”
After coming back from the conference, he became the coordinator of peer education programme. He has started to share the knowledge that he learned in the conference with his friends, schools and community in leisure time.  He has also kept proper record of the IEC materials in the adolescent health corner. 
“After returning from the conference I saw changes in his behavior with teachers and other students. We are sure that he will be a good person and we are very happy,” said the school principal.

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