Goethe-Institute organizes its first youth conference 2020

Goethe-Institute organizes its first youth conference 2020

NEW DELHI: Facing the challenges of reducing the harmful environmental and social impacts created by current unsustainable business practices, the concept of ‘Sustainopreneurship’ has received special attention as it is essential in current products, processes and behavioral models. Change has to be brought.

Despite its relevance and conceptual appeal, the conditions, processes, characteristics, and outcomes that distinguish this form of entrepreneurship have not yet been defined.

Highlighting the importance of Op Sustainopreneurship, Goethe-Institute, New Delhi and the Central Agency for German Schools abroad organized its first Jugendikongres 2020 / Youth Conference 2020 from 1st-7th November 2020.

Based on ‘Youth and Sustainability’, the conference was supported by the German Embassy and the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, New Delhi.

There were around 200 students from India, Nepal and Bangladesh in attendance and eminent people from various fields who were engaged in practical sessions and workshops with the central themes of ‘Sustainopreneurship’.

In this week-long conference, topics like student-centered and gender equality, mental health of the student, social entrepreneurship etc. were discussed. Bringing students together, the conference provided a great opportunity to have in-depth discussions with some of India’s leading youth change-makers working to address education technology, climate change, menstrual hygiene and innovation.

During the week, school children dealt with central themes of sustainable development such as identity development, sustainable living, cooking and becoming an entrepreneur. Apart from this, they also participated in various workshops on topics like gender equality, which learn to plan a project in terms of budget. And get help with current application processes.

Speaking on the incident, Veronica Taranzinja, PASCH Head Southesia, Goethe-Institute / Max Muller Bhawan, New Delhi said, “The year 2020 has completely changed the game and caused massive disruption. We saw that How to be innovative at a time when COVID.-19 has created more restrictions than anything we face. Today, we have the largest generation of young people the world has ever known and the most flexible generations. Is one of those who will be the torch bearers of the future. Ensure that young people really have a voice and are heard in the decision-makers’ tables. Since the idea of ​​continuity is based on innovative ideas on how to live a more sustainable life It is necessary to hear what is in the young entrepreneurs about the same in their minds and what action plan they propose. ”

He continued, “You can’t wait for the world to come with changes, you need to change the world yourself.”

Today’s youth population is larger than ever, with 1 between 10 and 24 years old. There are billions of people, and about 90 percent are living in less developed countries. The Sustainable Development Agenda (2030 Agenda) is a United Nations blueprint to assist countries around the world in future economic development, community welfare and sustainable development (SD). The agenda recognizes that young people have a strong ability to drive change, and more than one-third of the SDG’s goals explicitly or implicitly include youth. In addition, young people are often most affected by changes within their communities. However, they are rarely offered a seat at the table and, as a result, the decision-making processes about their future are avoided. Given that young people are future protectors of the planet, it is necessary to listen closely to their concerns and be mindful of what they have to say.

The youth conference was an ideal platform to give students their opinions and enable them for future change.


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