First Saarc youth camp begins at Savar today
The first Saarc youth camp begins at Savar near Dhaka today with a view to increasing communication, cooperation, cultural exchange and fraternity among the youths of the member countries.
Aged between 16 and 22 years, about 150 youths from India, Pakistan, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and the host Bangladesh are participating in the four-day camp. Afghanistan could not take part due to internal problems.
With the theme 'Connecting South Asian Youth', the camp is also aimed to developing leadership quality among the youths of the region that faces similar crises like unemployment, poverty, illiteracy, inadequate healthcare service, HIV/Aids and drug abuse.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed will inaugurate the camp at the National Youth Centre at 10:00am.
The Saarc youth camp is going to take place here as per the decision of the 14th Saarc Summit in New Delhi following a proposal of the chief adviser, said Youth and Sports Adviser Tapan Chowdhury at a press briefing at the Secretariat yesterday.
“Though there are differences among the Saarc member states from social, economical, cultural, historical and religious points of view, all problems can be resolved amicably by ensuring peace and progress in the region. The youths can play an important role in this regard,” Tapan added.
Terming the youths as the most committed, creative and productive human resources, the adviser stressed the need for a better understanding among the youths of this region as "they will lead the nations in future.”
Thirty-five female and 42 male participants will represent Bangladesh.
Besides the inaugural and concluding sessions, the camp will feature country representation, working session, discussion, adoption of the declaration of the first camp, cultural function and visits to important establishments and a village in Manikganj.
After the inaugural function, participants will hold country representation titled 'Know My Country' and a cultural show in the evening.