Nepal awaits to host International Youth Media Summit in July

Young filmmakers and social activists will gather in Kathmandu, Nepal in July for the 11th annual international youth media summit.

These youth delegates from more than 25 different countries will create short films together, learning about pertinent global issues and about one another’s cultural realities as they work.

An excited Evelyn Seubert, a teacher by profession and president of International Youth Media Summit told PSJ at a reception hosted by Rishi Dhakal, Honorary Consul General of Nepal for California that when she dropped the idea of embarking to Nepal, the delegates were like “Oh my God, that’s the place I always wanted to go,” and she said, “Come along.”

International Youth media Summit (IYMS) is an annual two week event that brings together young people from different cultures to create media projects aimed at inspiring their own generation take action and responsibility for the future. Over the last ten years, more than six hundred young delegates and their adult advisors representing fifty countries have participated in the events.
Seubert, who is leading the delegation along with teacher John Latimer- is convinced that holding the summit in Nepal will allow young people around the world to experience firsthand effects of the devastating earthquake. “At the same time,” she says, “to see international efforts to fight the issues of poverty, discrimination, illness and negative environmental impacts.”

So how the summit does impacts the individual experience as a life changing learning opportunity? Responding to this query, Seubert recalls an experience of a summit in 2014. “I remember that summit when Israeli and Palestine delegates worked together for two weeks. The Israeli delegate came to the realization that these people were not his enemies and made most moving speech to our assembled delegates that continue to impact all of our lives to this day.”

In Nepal, the delegates activities will include film making training sessions, a delegate talent show, screening of delegate’s project from home and filming issues movies around Kathmandu valley.

The organizers recruited students from the Cleveland Charter High School’s Global Media Program who are interested in international affairs and/or filmmaking. To win spots on the U.S. team, they needed to fill out applications which required in-depth essays that reflected their thoughts and possible solutions for the social issues, as well as recommendations from community members.

Teachers Evelyn Seubert and John Latimer will lead the delegation from Cleveland H.S. that includes Joshua Bjorklund, Kimberly Vanegas, Garrett Alvord and Carol Gonzalez. Kate Randolph and Sarah Randolph represent Soka University in Orange County on the U.S. delegation. We continue to find interest from people around the Los Angeles area and will continue to recruit students and teachers to join the American delegation.

The American delegation will travel to Makwanpur District and then hike to see the temporary schoolhouse that TIME,the organization that founded the Summit, funded through Public Access.

Honorary Consul General Rishi Dhakal is enthusiastic about the summit. “Seventy youths from 25 different countries working with Nepali teen is an extraordinary cultural exchange,” he quipped, “I am confident that both the guest and host parties will earn a life changing experience from this summit.”

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