Reading Meeting on Social Mobility Project
On 1st October 2015 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 in Reading. The meeting was represented by 15 participants from 4 different local organisations, namely: Greater Reading Nepali Community Association, Highly Skilled Migrant Forum, Reading Ex Gurkha British Army organisation, and Reading Nepali Youth.
Mr. Lokendra Dhakal, Executive Director CNSUK, shared on the activities of CNSUK including the current project. Describing on the execution modality of the current project he mentioned that the SMEN-M project will work in coordination with local organisations through the active mobilisation of its respective members. Mr Dhakal promised that the information that are generated during interim and completion of the project will be shared in different forums during the implementation phase. He urged participating organisations to support the project through the existing information that are available within participating organisations resources. Mr. Dhakal also emphasised that after completion of the project policy makers/local and national authorities will be more informed about the social mobility perspectives of the Nepalis. This will, in due course, help in planning and mobilising local and national support to the Nepalis in the UK through enactment of various policies, plans and legal instruments.
Dr. Chandra Laksamba elaborated on the principal and methods of the project and possible outcomes. He further elucidated, in detail, on the activities and the modus operandi of the Project and called for the active participation from the wider Nepali communities. He also shared on the implementation experience of this project in Farnborough and how local community groups are supporting the project through information sharing and coordination as the Farnborough activities are already in place. Elaborating on the Project coverage he explained that Farnborough and Reading areas are selected as the core research sites with significant Nepali population and, since the activities in Farnborough are already in place the practical information generated will be used to effectively plan and execute the Reading field activities as the project progresses.
Participants of the meeting were expressly positive to know that the project is going to be launched in Reading. Most of the young participants offered their willingness to support the project voluntarily, if needed. Mr Man Bahadur Gurung, Chairperson, Greater Reading Nepali Community Association suggested that the project objectives were very much relevant to their own interests and promised to support the activities with mutual understanding. Dr. Nabin Acharya, Coordinator of Highly Skilled Migrant Forum, was of the opinion that the outcome of the project will be extremely useful to inform local councils and development agencies to show case the positive, tangible and realistic picture of the contribution of Nepali diaspora in the Reading area since Nepalis contribution are thoroughly misunderstood. Mr. Bal Krishna Rai, Chairperson, Reading Ex Gurkha Brtish Army, suggested that the project activities should also encompass each sub-ethnic minority within the Nepali community to arrive at a true social picture and their respective contributions in Nepali diaspora. Mr Buddhi Pathak, from Reading Nepali Youth, was very much positive to the scope of the project and offered to contribute voluntarily upon need.