Youth: liberated or enthralled?

Youth: liberated or enthralled?

Youth: liberated or enthralled?

Aug 1, 2018-All throughout my teenage years I was told “youth is the best phase of your life so treasure it.” Being young, older people will tell you you’re filled with potential and able to accomplish anything. But they never tell you about the ugly sides of being young. I am not even talking about the anxiety and depression that plague so many more young people than is reported or openly talked about. What I am referring to instead is the struggle of being young with nothing to fall back to and yet trying to eke out a life and a future in a city far from home. The malaise that affects the city at large, the rampant corruption, endemic nepotism, and a decaying public sector is especially felt by the poor and by the young. I am a Kathmandu youth, a transplant who came here seeking better opportunities, and I have grown disillusioned and frustrated by my search. I am tired of the political morass that prevents anything worthwhile from happening and I want to dredge this country out of it. But to do so we must first diagnose the cause and quit puzzling over the symptoms. Life in a city like Kathmandu can be exhausting– physically, emotionally and morally. I am a 20-year-old girl pursuing civil engineering, I feel the grievances of the youth first hand and I hope some of these thoughts born from these grievances will resonate with yours.

The first place to start maybe is to talk about the problems in the education system. Those who are in their late teens or early twenties and beyond will know what I am talking about instantly. It is no secret that the education system, particularly in the capital, is driven by profit-oriented institutions whose purpose is not to improve the beleaguered system of learning but instead to turn a profit from their students. Perhaps it is possible to do both—to make a profit and to contribute positively to the upliftment of education—but this at the moment is nothing more than a distant pipedream. Instead, the cost of education has become so inflated that to acquire a “good degree” here is beyond the means of most. There are scholarships on offer but these are only a scant few, hardly sufficient to meet the demands of aspiring, capable students who are not able to afford the sheer cost of the degree.

If intelligent and able people are denied opportunities on the basis of finances it will only help further the continuation of an entitled and complacent class of technocrats unable to relate to the larger society they are, at least in theory, supposed to serve. Consequently, the country will suffer. This you might argue is just how the free-market works but in truth, no market is free and strong governments are always able to negotiate favorable tariffs and conditions for trade and all flourishing economic systems have exhibited a balance of public and private enterprise. For a country to prosper a strong and accessible health and education sector is paramount regardless of whether this is achieved through private or public means– though a conflation of both might ensure a certain stability to it.

Source The Kathmandu post

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