Updated: June 17, 2011 11:17 AM GMT
More than 80 young Catholics students from nearly 60 countries are in India to discuss their role in dealing with social issues plaguing the world such as environmental concerns, violence and human trafficking. They are part of the International Young Catholic Students (IYCS) Formation Session and the 14th World Council being held in New Delhi, June 16-27. While showcasing their different cultures, the students will discuss the theme: Crisis and Conflict in the World -- Students Offering Hope. A colorful cultural program marked the opening of the 12-day event yesterday. “We have a great responsibility in building a better world. We should offer new hope and a new perspective for a new world,” said Edouard Koutsava, the IYCS secretary-general, from Togo. The Young Catholic Students’ Asia coordinator, Reyna Clemena Deloso from the Philippines, said such programs will help create awareness among the youth. “We will be discussing major issues like the environment, drugs, and violence. The students will also share their experiences during the event,” she said. “It is like training a pool of trainers, because these youths will play an active role in responding to social issues,” she added. Ines Maria, a participant from Spain, said the discussions would help her understand many world problems. Father James Nanbak, from Nigeria, said such events will help change society as youths from different countries will understand each other’s culture better. He said governments should organize programs such as this and invest more in the development of young people. Indian Member of Parliament Francisco Sardinha, the chief guest, urged participants to create a society where there is no discrimination or corruption. Related reports Wave of Indian youngsters help clean beachYoung people on a mission through India Campaign to mobilize youth power in India
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