Fairer Scotland Event

 

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Fairer Scotland event was organised on 18th September 2015 with the support of Voluntary Action Fund.

There were a variety of participants across all sector of minority Nepalese community. A total number of 33 participants (Male-20 and Female-13) attended in the programme. There were participants from nursing sector (3), students (7), teacher (2), ex-grukha army (1), oil industry (1), retired (4) and others were from Health and Social care and other professional services

Following advices were submitted to the Government.

What are the issues that matter most to you?

Ø  Issues with GPs, Doctors, Dentists

·      Communication barrier with GPs and doctors.

·      Cannot be able to explain GPs and doctors properly.

·      Dental facilities is expensive, inconvenient and not easily accessible  

Ø  Discrimination

·     Discrimination in workplace because of origin of country and color.

·     Discrimination for getting new job because of origin of country and ethnicity

·     Immigration issues for parents and relatives living abroad  

Ø  Issues of university student

·      Lack of text book for students

·      There are fewer textbooks available in the library. University students do not have enough funds to maintain themselves. Textbooks cost more money for students.

·      Removal of post study work visa makes difficulties for international student to find professional job

·      High difference in tuition fees between home and international students- discrimination on tuition fees

Ø  Issues of Children

·      Not easy access to physical activities such as swimming, football etc, and also the cost is not affordable.

·      Limited access to children playing parks in some locations of Aberdeen

·      Limited information regarding benefit and housing

·      Bus travel for under 16 are expensive in Scotland where as there is a free provision in England

·      Cultural issues in children – Children feel lost in between own culture and British culture.

·      Child benefits should be universal regardless of their residential status.

Ø  Cultural issues

·      Difficult to integrate in new culture

·      People find hesitation to celebrate their cultural festivities  

Ø  Lack of knowledge about facilities

·      Nepalese community living in Scotland has lack of knowledge regarding facilities available to general public

What do you think needs to be done?

Ø  There is a need of   good Nepalese translator facilities in GP and doctor service.

Ø  University should increase the level of high demand textbooks in the libraries.

Ø  Local council needs to have local partnership group to disseminate more information about facilities available to ethnic minority community. It would be very effective to include all communities in decision-making process.

Ø  Scottish government needs to provide more facilities for children development, providing free bus pass and other leisure facilities.

Ø  There should be representation from ethnic minorities communities in decision making process even in government level.

Ø  There should be close scrutiny on equal pay (specially in private sector).

Ø  More focus for better public transport

Ø  Subsidies for ecofriendly transport

Ø  Physical activities should be free for children/student/older people

Ø  Visa privilege for relatives, parents who live abroad.


Commonwealth Game Celebration Events

Nepalese minority community in Aberdeen has celebrated Commonwealth Game by organizing running and football tournament in Aberdeen.  Organization for Nepalese Culture and Welfare ( ONCW), Aberdeen based registered charity of Nepalese community have been granted £650 to celebrate commonwealth event. 

Five different events of running and Marble and spoon game and Nepalese football championship has organized.   Four  Nepalese team participated in the tournament. Sagarmatha team won the tournament by defeated Kanchanjanga team by 3-1.

There was overwhelming participation of Nepalese community in this event.  Five different  event of running across different age has been organized. Bivisiha Upreti secured first position in the 100-meter race of 0-5 years age category. Likewise, Anaushya Bohara won 100 meter race of 5-10 age category,. Whereas Samana Tiwari stood first in 100 meter race ( Girls category), whereas Lee secured first position in same age category of Boys group. Among over 20 age group of 100-meter race, Dipesh Regmi secured first position in men’s event and Pawana Sharma won in women’s category.  Another fun race of Marble and spoon was organized in  two age category. Anushaya Bohara won the race of 7-15 age category whereas Jasmine Regmi won of over 16-age catego

Programme Coordinator of the event Dr. Sohan Ghimire said this type of event promote social inclusion of Nepalese community in wider Scottish community and overwhelmed participation from Nepalese community embarks success of Commonweatlh game celebration.

 

 

Homecoming Scotland Celebration

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ONCW has been granted to organize Homecoming Scotland Celebration in Nepalese community of Aberdeen.

We are organising following activities:

1. Cultural show presenting Nepalese folk and modern songs representing diversity of many ethnic communities of Nepal Himalaya.

2. Screening of a Nepalese movie

3. Art competition for children