Nepal Social Work Symposium 2020

The School of Social Sciences and Social Work Club of Thames International College proudly presents Nepal Social Work Symposium 2020 powered by the theme of World Social Work Day 2020 "Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships". The symposium is scheduled on November 8-11, 2020 through an online platform.

The symposium is our flagship annual event which brings together distinguished personalities to deliberate upon issues broadly in line with the annual theme of Global Agenda of Social Work and Social Development. The event aims to facilitate an informed discussion on the issues of human relationships in Nepal and beyond from various perspectives uninhibited by any boundaries, disciplinary or otherwise. It is our conviction that such discussions at the local level can contribute to the regional and global discussions on the importance of human relationships. In this respect, the symposium is a platform for meaningful dialogue and possible collaboration among like-minded individuals and organizations.

Event Detail:

Day 1: Plenary Session: हाम्रो लोकतन्त्र, कस्तो लोकतन्त्र?
Nov 8, 2020 (5PM – 6PM)

Speaker: Mr. Basanta Basnet, Editor Shilapatra

Mr. Basnet works as an editor of a national daily Shilapatra. Previously he worked for Kantipur Daily, Nagarik Daily, Annapurna Post Daily and Annapurna Today Magazine. He has reported on Nepal’s political transition to peace, republic and constitution making period. He has written political nonfiction “Bahattarko Bismaya” which is on Madhesh Identity politics and Nepal’s transition.

Day 2: Plenary Session जातका कुरा: मैले जे भोगे, मैले जे देखे।
Nov 9, 2020 (5PM – 6PM)

Speaker: Ms. Reeta Pariyar, Social Activist

Ms. Reeta Pariyar is a social actvist. She advocates for the rights of marginalized communities in Nepal, mainly Dalit. After returning to Nepal in 2019 she along with her friends, Ashok Daranal and Homaraj Agarkai, started 54 days Padyatra travelling across the country from Dodhara Chadani to Kakarvitta with the aim of understanding different forms of caste- based inequalities and aiming to eradicate such injustices.

Day 3: Plenary Session किन पढ्ने?।
Nov 10, 2020 (5PM – 6PM)

Speaker:Dr. Dovan Rai, Researcher, Programmer and Writer, ‘Research Fellow' in 'Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (GIIS)

Dr. Dovan Rai is a researcher, writer, programmer, and designer. She is passionate about making quality education accessible and has worked at OLE Nepal, where she designed educational software for public schools in Nepal. She is a Scientist and Education Coordinator at NAAMII. She is co-founder of Sujhaab Chautaari and Covid Support Nepal. She is currently working as 'Research Fellow' in 'Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (GIIS)'.

Slam Poetry in association with Thames Writing Center
Nov 10, 2020 (6PM – 6:30PM)
Day 4: Book Talk: Nepal India China: Relations in the 21st Century
Nov 11, 2020 (5PM – 6PM)

Speaker:Dr. Shambhu Ram Simkhada, Former Nepal’s Ambassador to Switzerland and former Permanent Representative to UN

Dr. Shambhu Ram Simkhada has gone through an extraordinary Journey of Life, academic and professional pursuits and Diplomatic career as Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organizations, including the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. He also served as Nepal's Ambassador to Switzerland and Chairman of the UN's Human Rights Commission (Council). He has published widely on IR, Regional Security and Cooperation, Conflict, Peace and Development. Commenting on one of Dr. Simkhada's books Nepal India China Relations in the 21st Century well known media personality Ariana Huffington of the Huffington Post wrote "Daring, Delightful and Transformative", reflecting his line of thinking, writing, and teaching.

Highlights to previous Nepal Social Work Symposiums

Nepal Social Work Symposium 2019
Nepal Social Work Symposium 2018
Nepal Social Work Symposium 2017
Nepal Social Work Symposium 2016