Five promising Nepali youths with physical disabilities aged between 24 and 28 years with untapped potential will develop self-confidence and skills and knowledge in the areas of their interest through an eleven month transformative experience. Partially through self-designed learning, they will gain new insights, including proficiency in English or in another language, undertake an apprenticeship in their preferred sector and carry out an individual project to explore and live their passion.
Youths living with disabilities lack opportunities to emerge and thrive. The vast majority of them attend low quality, poorly equipped public schools unable to meet their special needs. Lacking the right skills and knowledge and unable to express their potential, they are unprepared for the job market. We cannot wait for the system to change. Youths with disabilities need to get equipped and push themselves and work hard to prove their value. Right now there is no such platform.
The Fellows are first supported to set their learning and development goals through 2 weeks Launch Pad phase then they undertake a 12 weeks long Know How Booster with structured (public speaking, leadership, social development, business, foreign languages and cultures) and self-designed learning. Later they face the challenge to arrange a 20 weeks Learning &Trying apprenticeship to gain exposure. Then Do it Yourself, an individual project for 8 weeks followed by a 4 weeks New Start transition.
The Fellowship is a springboard for meaningful and impactful lives. Fellows will have positive attitudes, grit and a plan to enhance their skills and prove their value. They will make concrete steps on achieving their goals, working on their passion, earning valuable insights and experience. Knowledgeable and well equipped with right attitudes and skills, they will become not only role model for their peers but also trailblazers in changing, through action, people's perceptions and behaviors.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).