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Empowering Youth for a Sustainable Future

A Two Days Youth Workshop at Don Bosco Socio Technical Institute, Tezpur Organized by Peoples Action for Development in collaboration with North-East Affected Area Development Society on 16th & 17th March 2024.

In an era where the world grapples with multifaceted challenges ranging from climate change to economic disparities, the role of youth in shaping a sustainable future is more crucial than ever. Recognizing this imperative, Peoples Action for Development in collaboration with North-East Affected Area Development Society, recently hosted a transformative two-day workshop aimed at empowering young minds to become catalysts for positive change in their communities and beyond.

The workshop, titled "Empowering Youth for a Sustainable Future," brought together passionate youth from diverse backgrounds from Lakhimpur, Majuli, Chirang, Udalguri and Darang district of Assam. All united by a shared vision of creating a more sustainable and equitable world. Held against the backdrop of the scenic town of Tezpur, nestled in the heart of Assam, the event served as a platform for learning, collaboration, and inspiration.

The inaugural session set the tone for the workshop, with speakers emphasizing the importance of youth engagement in sustainable development initiatives by Mrs. Koel Choudhury from TDH, emphasized the role of education in nurturing young leaders equipped to tackle global challenges. She stressed the institute's commitment to providing holistic education that empowers youth to become agents of change.

Over the course of the two days, participants engaged in a variety of activities designed to foster critical thinking, leadership skills, and environmental consciousness. Workshops and group discussions covered a range of topics, including sustainable development goals, environmental conservation, social entrepreneurship, and community engagement.

One of the highlights of the workshop was a series of interactive sessions led by experts in various fields. Renowned environmentalists, entrepreneurs, and activists shared their insights and experiences, inspiring participants to think creatively and act boldly in pursuit of sustainability.

Hands-on activities provided participants with practical skills and tools to implement sustainable practices in their own lives and communities. From waste management workshops to tree planting exercises, participants gained firsthand experience in environmental stewardship and sustainable living.

Moreover, the workshop encouraged dialogue and collaboration among participants, fostering a sense of community and collective responsibility. Through group discussions and brainstorming sessions, participants exchanged ideas and forged connections that would serve as the foundation for future collaborations and initiatives.

The workshop concluded with a reflection session, where participants had the opportunity to share their takeaways and commit to concrete actions to promote sustainability in their spheres of influence. From launching community clean-up campaigns to advocating for policy changes, participants left the workshop inspired and empowered to effect positive change.

As the participants bid farewell to each other and to the tranquil surroundings of Tezpur, they carried with them not only new knowledge and skills but also a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to building a more sustainable future.

In sum, the "Empowering Youth for a Sustainable Future" workshop at Don Bosco Socio Technical Institute, Tezpur, served as a beacon of hope in challenging times. By investing in the next generation of leaders and change-makers, through this workshop a significant step towards creating a world where sustainability and equity are not just ideals but lived realities. As these empowered youth return to their communities, they carry with them the torch of change, ready to illuminate the path towards a brighter, more sustainable future for all.

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