Nagpur just saw something happening on international parameters. AIESEC, the world’s largest youth run organization affiliated with the United Nations and in Consultative status with UNESCO has organised Coca Cola Youth Speak Forum on the 17th of September at Persistent Systems IT Park. Eminent personalities came together along with over 400 young individuals of Nagpur to discuss Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and the importance of the youth in bringing about a change to the world as we see it. It was a celebration of youth leadership which began with a scintillating inaugural session by Shambhavi Kumar and Vrushank Rangate. The opening session was taken up by Padmashri Mr. Devendra Jhajharia who shared his life experience of becoming a globally renowned sportsman in the field of Javelin throw despite the fact that he lost his hand at the age of 8.
The session was followed by another young speaker Ms. Urmi Chakravorty, a Women Economic Forum speaker and a soft skills trainer who talked to the delegates about good jobs and decent economic growth. After a brief breather, the Founder of Crowders, Chetan Jain conversed with the delegates about 9 different sustainable development goals thereby making sure that the delegate had plenty of lessons to take.
The Coca Cola Youth Speak Forum concluded with an intensely powerful session delivered by Ms. Pragya Prasun and an acid attack survivor and activist who spoke to the delegates about Peace, Justice and her fight to become who she is today. A strong and brave woman.
The Forum concluded only to start with a new event called Balakalakaar where the entire participants of the Forum mentored 200 children from orphanages and underprivileged sections. The delegates and children sat in circles playing games, having conversations, singing songs and having fun all the way long when the event was joined by Nagpur’s upcoming convoy of musicians and bands such as Darryl Grant, Kartikey Majhodkar, Jainam Shah, Ansh Hariramani and Kaustubh Thakre from the Phaetons and the band Accolade by Niharika Kalambe, Yadnesh Wadichar and Raunak Ghawghawe woh moved the crowd with their musical performances.
By Farhan Kazi
Pics by Kunal Lakhotia