Helping Tribal Youth to Connect with Peers
By Express News Service | Published: 30th January 2014 08:15 AM |
The Sixth National Tribal Youth Exchange Programme, organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and involving 250 tribal youth from 16 districts of four states - Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Bihar - started in the city on Wednesday. It aims to make the participants understand the culture, language and lifestyle of the tribal people, join hands in friendship and harmony and pave the way for cultural exchanges among their peers.
Governor Nikhil Kumar, inaugurating the programme at Kanakakkunnu Palace hall, called upon the tribal youth to enter the mainstream of society. He said that their participation was crucial for the nation’s development. Nikhil Kumar also appreciated the initiative taken by both Central and state governments to encourage them. He also told the youth to gain the most from Kerala, which is ‘God’s own country’, and take home the message of national integration. The Governor also welcomed the initiative of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) for bringing together youth belonging to the tribal communities from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Bihar under the youth exchange programme.
The programme is being organised to ensure that tribal youth develop an emotional bond with their peer groups and provide an opportunity for interaction with people in the state. Several speakers will be participating in the discussions that are to be held in various sessions on topics such as ‘tribal issues and development of youths’, ‘employment generation for tribals’ and ‘opportunities and other problems in the tribal areas.’
It is hoped that the aim of exposing tribal youth to developmental activities would be a success. The week-long camp’s activities include workshops, training programmes, personality development programmes, field visits, interaction with eminent personalities and visiting tribal settlements and tourists spots here.
A Sampath MP and NYKS vice-chairman B P Singh also spoke at the inaugural function.