The Aspire to Innovate (a2i) Programme, Bangladesh and Glocal After School, Nepal have launched the South Asian Youth Festival 2020 on the occasion of International Youth Day 2020.
They opened the event virtually on Thursday, according to a press release. The festival that is also being organised virtually will continue till September 03.
The festival is being organised in collaboration with various South Asian organisations such as UNICEF- ROSA; UNESCO; Aspire to Innovate-a2i of the ICT Division and the Cabinet Division, supported by UNDP Bangladesh; National Youth Council, Nepal; CYDA, India; CYN, Sri Lanka; Pinnacle Consultancy Pvt. Ltd, Maldives; Dynamic Youth Afghanistan; Maldives National Youth Council; Coca-Cola; Turkish Airlines & South-South Network.
The festival, to be held over three weeks, will include exciting segments like insightful panel discussions, skillful workshops and creative competitions.
Youths aged from 14- 24 years from South Asian countries are encouraged to participate in this event and register for the activities that they are interested in, free of cost.
The event is being organised with the motive to gather youths from South Asian Countries, connect them, share and learn their perspective and develop strong bonds between these groups.
Mr Rameshwor Ray Yadav, minister of labour, employment and social security, Nepal, inaugurated the festival by attending the programme as the chief guest.
The opening festival had a series of panel discussions to overview the situation of youths, challenges, opportunities in South Asian level.
Ms Jean Gough, director, regional officer for South Asia, UNICEF, Ms Aishath Athiya Naseer, state minister of education, Maldives; Dr Mozammel Haque Khan, chairman, SAANSO and commissioner, Anti Corruption Commission, Bangladesh; and Dr Dewan Md Humayun Kabir, joint secretary and joint project director, a2i, among others, spoke during the panel discussions.