Update: February 15, 2022 7:02 p.m. STI
Gujarat [India], February 15 (ANI/ATK): The youth collective has the power to bring about transformational change. In the context of the pandemic, we have seen young people rise to the challenge and implement innovative solutions.
The second edition of Gujarat Youth Conclave was a celebration of the efforts of young changemakers across the state. GYC 2022 was hosted virtually by Gujarat Youth Forum, UNICEF India, Elixir Foundation and YuWaah – Generation Unlimited. The Conclave saw the participation of 300 young people from across the state.
The conclave began with an inaugural session, welcoming Harsh Sanghavi, Minister of State, Home Affairs, Sports, Youth Service and Cultural Activities (I/C), Gujarat, who said, “I extends and opens the invitation to young people and encourages them to participate, contribute and provide suggestions for the development of a youth policy in Gujarat. He also facilitated the launch of the [email protected] coffee table book, which honors the efforts and achievements of 75 child rights advocates who have used adversity to help humanity throughout the pandemic.
His esteemed speech was followed by a special speech by Prasanta Dash, Head of UNICEF Gujarat Field Office.
Prasanta Dash added, “Our young people are the precious resources of the nation and they will guide us for the next generations to come.”
The Head of UNICEF Gujarat Field Office went on to release the Doers Hub video series which provides advice on unconventional career options to young people. The session ended with remarks from Miss Moira Dawa, Communication, Advocacy and Partnerships Specialist at UNICEF India, who said, “UNICEF has led many empowerment initiatives in the state , and we look forward to our mission and goal this year that all children have the right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential.” The session was moderated by Madhish Parikh, Head of Gujarat Youth Forum, who said: “We believe that children and young people can lead the way in reimagining the world of tomorrow”.
Link to the inaugural session: https://www.facebook.com/GujaratYouthOrg/videos/2161095164043295
On a panel on youth leadership during COVID – 19, our experts – Nishu Kaul, Director, Earth Day Network, South & South Asia, Swaraj Shetty, Co-Founder/Director, Khana Chahiye. Dr. Sravan Chenji, Health Officer, UNICEF Gujarat, and Dipen Gadhiya, Gujarat YPAT member, shared shining examples of how young people have risen to the challenges of the pandemic by transforming themselves into innovators, entrepreneurs, changemakers and front line workers. Nishu Kaul highlighted the importance of his environmental campaign, saying “We have worked tirelessly to find environmentally sustainable solutions and are pleased to announce that we have gathered over 190 volunteers for ‘My Future My Voice’ in a short period of time. 16 months.”
Link to Response, Recovery, Resilience: Youth Leadership in COVID-19 (panel): https://www.facebook.com/GujaratYouthOrg/videos/3068252440109827
Leading a key discussion on the SDGs, various experts in their field shared their views on how young people are key drivers on the path to sustainable development. Udit Singhal, Youth SDG Champion for the United Nations, emphasized, “The role of Youth Ambassadors in promoting SDG awareness and action is vital among young people.”
Link to the SDGs: The road to 2030 (panel): https://www.facebook.com/GujaratYouthOrg/videos/322299939826373
A fruitful discussion on the topic of education, skills and entrepreneurship in the post-pandemic world also took place within the framework of the conclave. Experts have debated the changing nature of these assets of young people in the new normal. Emphasis was also placed on highlighting innovation and entrepreneurship as key driving forces for the youth of tomorrow. Moderated by Miss Dhuwarakha Sriram, Chief of Generation Unlimited, Youth Development and Partnerships, UNICEF, the panel delivered a diverse speech. Chintan Vaishnav, Mission Director at Atal Innovation Mission, said, “The government is committed to reducing the friction between an idea and how it becomes a business as part of improving the skills of the young generation.
Link to Youth Assets: Education, Skills and Entrepreneurship (panel): https://www.facebook.com/GujaratYouthOrg/videos/324725506255047
Highlighting the importance of greater participation of women in STEM careers, Peter Cook, UK Deputy High Commissioner for Gujarat and Rajasthan, delivered a spirited speech inspiring our young audience. Peter stressed, “We need to speed up the process of getting more women involved in science and technology-related fields. The event concluded with two interactive workshops focusing on topics relevant to young people, such as online safety and mental health, as well as storytelling.
Link to Peter Cook’s keynote: https://www.facebook.com/GujaratYouthOrg/videos/644420686779161
The Conclave attended a workshop organized on “Online Safety and Mental Health”, moderated by Amit Vasava, IPS, DCP Cyber Crime, Ahmedabad, Sharmila Ray, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF and the Dr. Nishchal Bhatt, President, AHAA. Another workshop on “The power of a story” was led by Preeti Das, academician and comedian.
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