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What is the Gaky's Light Fellowship?
A 90% scholarship for Intermediate Education.
Weekly workshops in English, technology, journalism, career development, and entrepreneurship.
An intensive professional mentorship program.
A community of passionate, committed Fellows ready to work hard to make an impact on society.
The Fellowship has two goals: 1) Employment (getting a job) and 2) Enterprise creation (creating jobs). Each Fellow is paired with a mentor, completes an internship, and works in a team to create a new business or enterprise.
Who can apply?
Candidates have passed the SLC exam or will take it in 2013, to start Intermediate study in July 2013.
To be considered for a Fellowship, candidates must demonstrate:
Financial need – inability or severe strain to cover cost of Intermediate Education Contextual need – little or no education in the family; limited access to guidance
What are my responsibilities?
Meet at the GL study center in Pokhara every Saturday.
10% of school expenses (details below).
A summer internship between two years of Intermediate school.
Minimum two years in Nepal after the end of the Fellowship.
What financial aid is provided?
Gaky's Light Student
• 90% of all school fees
• 10% of all school fees, up to Rs. 10,000• Security Deposit
• Two sets each year
• 100% of basic (standard) books
• Notebooks, pens, extra primers, etc.
• GL group housing free rent
• 100% Rent if not in group housing
Food & Transportation
• Group housing: Monthly stipend Rs. 2000• Living at home: Monthly Rs. 500
• Additional food and transportation expenses (Not including weekly meeting travel costs)
• 100% of Tuition classes
Additional Training and Special Project Grants
Gaky's Light students have the option of applying for funding for additional courses and training programs, beyond those provided in the GL curriculum. These might include in-depth technology workshops, arts classes, leadership conferences, etc.
Students may also design and apply for grants for well-designed, creative independent projects. Special Projects may range from an exhibit, to a technological design, to development of an online platform or program, to seed funding for a viable business plan.
How do I apply?
Preliminary applicationsare due by 5pm on April 12, 2013 (Chaitra 30, 2069). Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted. 1. Applications can be picked up at a Site Partner, or the Alternatives Office (Big FM building, New Road, Pokhara), or download from www.alternativesnepal.org.np. 2. Return your completed application to a site partner or Alternatives by 5pm on April 12, or email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Written Exam will be given to selected candidates in May (Baishak) 2013. Candidates will be notified by phone.
Interviews will be conducted in Late May and June (Jestha) 2013.
Finalists will be announced at the end of June (Asar) 2013.
December 10, 2012 (Pokhara, Kaski). The human rights community, civil society organizations and the civil society celebrated the 64th Human Rights Day in Pokhara, Nepal with the slogan "My voice counts ". Thousands of people took part in the Human Rights Rally organized on 10 December 2010. The rally started from Sabhagriha Chowk, Pokhara at 8:00 am and marched through Newroad, BP Chowk, and assembled in Human Rights Chowk. Dozens of civil society organizations and human rights activists took part in the rally.
Alternatives, Nepal along with various organizations including NHRC, INSEC and Civil Society Network for Peace jointly took out that rally. Addressing the function, Yagya Prasad Adhikari, Regional Director, National Human Right Commision, stressed the need for drafting human rights- friendly constitution by incorporating the rights of all citizens.
August 18, 2012 (Pokhara, Kaski). On the occasion of International Youth Day 2012, Alternatives organized GL Fellowship Distribution Program to formally award student with fellowship. The event was held on August 18, 2012 on the premises of Alternatives Office.
This year International Youth Day was celebrated worldwide with the slogan “Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth’. The overall themes related to the priority areas of the Secretary-General’s Five-year Action Agenda and the development of a UN System Wide Action Plan on Youth, namely: Employment; Entrepreneurship; Education, including on sexual and reproductive health; Political Inclusion; Citizenship; and Protection of rights.
Chief Guest of the program was Lucky Chetry, Asoka Fellow and prominent
social entrepreneur of Nepal. She inaugurated the program by lighting
the candle and distributed Fellowship Certificate to the students. On
the occasion she suggested the students to fulfill the commitment of the
fellowship and wish their bright future.
July 10, 2012 (Kalika, Kaski). Alternatives organized 3 day orientation program of GLFP for the selected students which was held on July 7-9, 2012. The orientation program was conducted to familiarize student with other fellows and develop their different types of skills. The program was held on Hotel Livable of Kalika VDC, Kaski.
The entire orientation program was moderated by Samundra Paudel, Program Director and Founder of Alternatives and Mr. Shiva Paudel, Counselor, GLFP, Alternatives. The orientation was regarded as one of the rare opportunities for fellows where they discussed their common agendas, their problems and the way forward, as expressed by the participants. The orientation was able to familiarize student, bring out a lot of common issues of the youths which were very openly discussed and the possible measures and interventions explored. The student also focused on their individual presentation about their individual commitment.