Africa Asia Youth Foundation(AAYFO) is one of the foremost organizations working with young change-makers in Africa and Asia at the grass-roots with strong national and international linkages. With a firm belief in the ideology that empowering the youth is the one-stop solution to most of the problems; AAYFO organized a Youth Townhall at the Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi on 5th February 2020 aimed at fostering and strengthening cooperation amongst youth and other potential stakeholders.
The underlying intent of the event was to strengthen ties of friendship and solidarity between participants and to discern and discuss items on the agenda, ensuring their follow-up at the national and international levels.
The opening ceremony featured a stimulating discussion by Mr. Angad Anand, Country Director (AAYFO) and Mr. Keshav Saini, Continent Director (AAYFO).
It provided an excellent platform to exchange ideas and co-learn through the medium of discussions and workshops on various strands like Education, Poverty, Entrepreneurship, Gender Equality, and Youth Empowerment. These discussions were facilitated by experienced experts who engaged and guided the delegates via unconventional activities and learning methods.
The event was graced by guest speakers from all spheres of life like –
– Ms. Avigail Spira, Spokesperson, Israel Embassy
– Madam Lestiyani Yuniarsih, Cultural and Education Attache, Indonesian Embassy
– H.E. Mr. Mahesh Sachdev, former Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, presently serving as the President of ‘Eco-Diplomacy and Strategies’
– Ms. Indrayani Mulay, Deputy Director, Confederation of Indian Industries
– Mr. Nnamdi Ndu, PA to the Nigerian High Commissioner
– Ms. Habiba Hasnah Hermanadi (President, Indonesian students association, New Delhi).
The townhall saw a blend of delegates from diverse cultures, sharing their experiences in a way that encompassed all barriers of race, religion, and colour; breathing an impassioned zeal to transform the society. The brainstorming sessions saw a unique combination of fervour and pragmatism wherein heated discussions upon the causes and consequences of lack of access to education, poverty, and gender inequality were coupled with narrations of heartfelt anecdotes upon the same.
We are grateful to the Nigeria High Commission for hosting us, especially to His Excellency Major General Chris Owushi Eze, The Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of India and His Excellency Dr. Christopher Nwanoro, Minister Counsellor, Nigeria High Commission, New Delhi for guiding and motivating us every step of the way.
We would like to thank – Sharda University, Greater Noida for being our Knowledge Partner and for helping us facilitate the event smoothly. Mr. Anindya Bhanja, Senior Manager, International Relations (Sharda University) summed up the learnings of the townhall through a comprehensive discussion on the importance of each strand.
It is a known fact that music transcends all barriers cultivated by society. The highlight of the session was witnessing a spectacle in which people from the highest echelons of government to the young changemakers from different countries rejoiced themselves by singing songs reflecting togetherness and hope. Drawing from this ethos of fellowship, we are optimistic that this town hall will ignite the minds of young delegates to propel the storm to create meaningful change for human society.