Friday, January 20, 2012

Participation in South Asian Peace Youth Camp 2011

Representatives of SWD Saurav Kiran Shrestha (President), Mr. Prem Raj Upreti (General Secretary) and Ms. Anuja Sapkota (Member) had actively participated in South Asian Peace Youth Camp 2011 held in Negombo Sri Lanka. Total 19 Nepalese representatives headed by Dr. RB Panta (Country Coordinator, Nepal) were participated in the camp. 

Objectives of the Camp are: To form a reginal platform for young people to initiate collective actions, To declare youth voices and aspirations as a South Asian Youth Declaration on Peace, To educate and empower young people to be non-violence change makers of the society, To facilitate exchange of ideas and sharing of techniques and practices on national, regional and global peace. 

Sri-Lank-United Nations Friendship Organization (SUNFO) together with National Youth Project, Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi organized a four-day Youth Camp from December 20-23 at Don Bosco Technical Center Campus, Negombo Town, Near Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

Dr. S.N. Subba Rao, an octogenarian Gandhian and internationally known youth activist, Chairman of National Youth Project (NYP), Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi conducted this camp. Dr. Gurdev Singh Sidhu,Trustee, NYP, New Delhi, Dr.RC.Gupta, Sukumaran, NarenderBhau, Dr.Deshapriya`S.Wijetunge (SUNFO), etc coordinated the events of the camp. SriLanka, India, Bangladesh, Maldives and Nepal participated in this camp. 

The main events, activities in the camp were 1. Peace talks, 2. Peace meditations, 3. Peace cultural shows, 4.Peace Parade, 5.Peace Art Shows, 6.Opening and Closing Ceremony with VIPS and Guests, and 7.Manual work (Shramdan) like cleaning, gardening, 8.Networking sessions, etc.

Handing Token of Love to Dr. SN Subba Rao, Chairman, NYP New Delhi
Marching in Peace Parade, Negombo
After ending the camp, in order to experience local culture in Sri Lanka, few interested youth had participated in ‘home stay’ in Negombo area, from 24-26 December,  as arranged by SUNFO. Other participants, for these three days jointly, gone for local tour to Colombo, Anuradhapura, Kandy, NuwaraEliya, Jaffna, Trincomalee, etc.

With Dr. S.N.Subba Rao, Founder of National Youth Project
With Dr. Deshapriya Wijetunge, Director General SUNFO

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