Result Announcement of Essay Competition and Essay Presentation Program
The virtual program entitled" Result Announcement of Essay Competition and Essay Presentation was organized by DPNet-Nepal on 24th December 2020. The essay competition entitled "Disaster Risk Governance" in Nepal was organized by the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) on the occasion of IDDRR 2020. University students pursuing Bachelor's and Master's degrees participated in the competition. The virtual program was chaired by Mr. Surya Bahadur Thapa, Chairperson and Member Secretary of NPDRR. Whereas, Mr. Anil Pokhrel, Executive Chief of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority and Chairperson of NPDRR attended the program as a Chief Guest. Altogether 16 essays were received for the competition. The essay received for the competition were evaluated by three members committee including Mr. Murari Binod Pokhrel, Dr. Raju Thapa, and Ms. Luna Khadka, Life Member, General Secretary, and Program Coordinator of DPNet-Nepal respectively. The winners (1st to fifth) will be awarded Certificate and NPR. 15,000, 12,000, 9,000, 6,000 and 3,000 respectively. The events conducted under IDDRR 2020 were supported by NDRRMA, DCA, Practical Action, Tayar Nepal, NRCS/IFRC.
Mr. Surya Bahadur Thapa highlighted the objectives of the program and welcomed participants. He also briefly shared the introduction of the DPNet-Nepal and the essay competition. He thanked the evaluation committee for their effort and time. He also focused on the need of working together for cold waves and other hazards.
Mr. Murari Binod Pokhrel on behalf of the evaluation team shared experience about the selection criteria and evaluation. He said that writing an essay for a competition in a limited time within limited words is quite difficult and appreciated the work of every participant in writing and submitting the essay. He announced the winner of the program. Mr. Ritesh Panthi, from National Law College Lalitpur, secured the first position, and Mr. Prakash Bhandari from Birendra Multiple Campus, Chitwan secured the second position. Similarly, Mr. Sabin Koirala from the University of Hiroshima, Japan secured the third position, and Mr. Prajwal Thapa from the Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus secured the fourth position. Whereas, Ms. Sajana Sunar from the Central Campus of Humanities and Sociology, Mid-Western University secured the fifth position.
Each winner participants presented their essay in the program.
Mr. Anil Pokhrel congratulated winners and said that we have formed the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) and under NPDRR each year we have been marking IDDRR. The competition and sample essay presented showed that university students are interested in disaster risk governance which showed that such programs are helpful in sensitizing and reaching out to the students for awareness. The competitors have covered various aspects. Through this learning, we need to take this competition at the school level as well. We need to take this reflection for upcoming programs and publish the essay for documentation in the public domain. Let's work together to organize such interaction programs and events throughout the year not only on the occasion of IDDRR 2020.
Dr. Meen Paudel Chhetri, former Chairperson of DPNet-Nepal said that the essay presented are relevant and contextual, He further added that these essays can be used for reference as resource material and congratulated all winners and extended best wishes for future endeavors.
Mr. Surya Bahadur Thapa formally closed the program with his closing remarks requesting stakeholders and participants to provide creative and innovative ideas to work together for organizing such programs for mobilizing students in the field of DRRM in Nepal. He thanked competitors and congratulated winners for participating in the essay competition. He also thanked the Atullya foundation for providing technical support for organizing the virtual program.