December 27, 2004

NEWS: Youthopia - one of a kind (INDIA)

Youthopia Â? one of a kind

Smitha Vijay - New Delhi

Understanding sexuality, its importance and its expression drew active participation from Delhi University college students present at an interactive session on Â?Sexuality and Reproductive Health Rights of Adolescents and Young PeopleÂ? held in the capital on Friday. The session conducted by Prof Bijaylakshmi Nanda of Miranda College was part of a three-day youth festival Â? Youthopia-04 that kickstarted today and will see participation of students from different universities.

The festival, which began with a session on Â?Education system in India Â? how itÂ?s worthÂ? by Prof Vijay Verma of Maharaja Agrasen College saw students debating on the present educational system and the need for literacy. The event is a first-of-its-kind youth festival organised by city based NGO PATH (Proletarians and Tinkers Horde) that aims to make the festival an annual event.

Several events, seminars and workshops are part of this three-day festival that will discuss issues ranging from contemporary use of drugs and youth crime, HIV/AIDS, youth participation in policy making, role of media in development of youth, and youth in emerging global scenario. Â?We work in different areas of North east Delhi where we run 11 centres for educating slum children and also work towards empowerment of women,Â? said Amar Singh of PATH. Â?The festival aims at involving youth and discussing some pertinent issues besides providing a platform to share and express views,Â? he added.

The event will also see several competitions like photography, debate, street theatre, theme choreography music and dance. Another highlight of the festival is the career workshops where experts from different walks of life are expected to talk on unconventional career options like social work, disaster and risk management, yoga and meditation, adventure sports and historical and cultural sphere.


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