A start up meeting for the Big Lottery Fund supported 'Social Mobility Ethnic Minority Project – a case study of Nepalis (SMEM-N)’ was held by CNSUK at Rushmoor Borough Council in Farnborough on 28 August 2015. The meeting was represented by 15 participants from 12 different local organisations namely: Greater Rushmoor Nepali Association, Nava Yuva, Community Police, BGWS, BGWS Radio, Everest Times, Kirat Yakthung Chumlung UK (KYCUK) Rushmoor Branch, Tamudhee UK, Magar Samaj UK, Shiva Culture, Kirat Rai Yayokkha UK (KRYUK) Rushmoor Branch, and Kirat Sunuwar Samaj UK.
Dr. Chandra Laksamba, Team Leader of the Project, elaborated on the activities and the modus operandi of the Project and called for the active participation from the wider Nepali communities. Elaborating on the Project coverage he explained that Farnborough and Reading areas are selected as the research sites for this study purpose and Farnborough’s experiences will be replicated in Reading.
Dr. Sangita Shrestha, Researcher, described the scope and vision of the CNSUK’s research areas and the resources available. She explained the cross diaspora experience (Sri Lankan) that CNSUK is trying to work with, as well as other current activities. She also informed the participants that the new website was launched last month and CNSUK’s presence is now in various social media.
Mr. Lokendra Dhakal, Executive Director, elaborated on the CNSUK’s past projects and experiences working with the Nepali community and how the SMEM-N project will lead to enhance the knowledge on the Nepali communities in the UK by supporting researchers and the policy makers alike.
Participants of the meeting were very excited to see the SMEM-N is carrying out the work on the social mobility of the Nepalis who have come to live in the UK over the past couple of generations. The valid research findings will ascertain the social dynamics of the Nepali community in the UK. Amongst the participants, Mr. Tikendra Dal Dewan said Nepali youth are faring well in education and employment and are expected to do better in coming times.