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IRCS Organizes the Youth Development Workshop

The youth of India represent one-third of our population and constitute a vibrant and vital human resource. They play an indispensable role in shaping the destiny of the nation which infact is their own destiny. The Indian Red Cross Society realized the importance of the youth way back in 1925 and established Junior Red Cross (JRC) in schools and Youth Red Cross (YRC) in colleges. Today the JRC and YRC have more than 10 million members throughout the country.

 Youth participating in the open  discussion during the workshop.

Inculcating Red Cross spirit amongst the JRC and YRC and increasing the participation of the youth in the IRCS activities has been a priority of the Society. Keeping up with the tradition the National Headquarters' with Punjab Red Cross Society and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, India Delegation organized Youth Development Workshop in Haridwar from December 27th to 29th, 2006 under the banner ‘Youth for humanity'. In all 52 youth participated in the workshop from the States of Punjab, Haryana and Uttranchal.

The workshop became was attended by Dr. S.P Agarwal, Secretary General, IRCS, Surg. (Cmdre) V. K. Puri, Secretary, Punjab State Red Cross Branch, Dr. Subhash Chander Bhardwaj, Honorary Secretary, Haryana State Red Cross Branch, Mr. Ramesh Agarwal, Jt. Secretary, Punjab State Red Cross Branch, Mr. Naresh Chaudhary, Secretary, Haridwar District Red Cross Branch and facilitators from NHQ and IFRC, India Delegation.

 Youth cleaning the ghats at Har  Ki Pauri, Haridwar.

The workshop incorporated talks on issues like Introduction to the Red Cross Movement, Humanitarian Values, Expectations of Youth and Red Cross Youth Programmes, Youth Volunteering, Leadership Quality in Youth, HIV/AIDS- Stigma and Discrimination, Youth in Emergencies and Need & Strengths of the Youth. All these talks aimed at empowering the youth for a responsible future. Field and other extra-curricular activities were also organized for the youth. The most praiseworthy event was the ‘Cleaning Drive' which was held at Har ki Pauri where all the youth came forward and cleaned the ghats of the holy Ganges river. A Blood Donation Camp was

Youth participating in the drawing competition.

also organized and youth were motivated to donate blood. Apart from this every morning yoga sessions were held under the instruction of Acharya Sachin Yogi, disciple of Baba Ramdev of Patanjali Yogpeeth. Cultural programmes were organized in the evenings which were full of fervour and enthusiasm. Debates on the issues like gender discrimination and youth migration and painting competition were also organized.

 

 

 Dr. S.P. Agarwal, Secretary  General, IRCS addressing the  gathering.

Dr. S.P Agarwal, Secretary General, IRCS was the Chief Guest at the Valedictory function. He distributed certificates to the youth and mementoes to the facilitators of the workshop. He emphasized that the Society's major strength lies in the volunteers and the need is to motivate the youth throughout the country to join Red Cross as active volunteers. He further said that by such workshop we look at figuring out the leaders and guiding them to achieve the right objective at the right time by following the right path.

A lot of enthusiasm could be seen throughout the workshop amongst the youth. They were highly motivated as they promised that after the workshop they would share Red Cross principles and activities with their other friends.

Ms. Nidhi Mehra, a proud youth who participated in the Int. Exchange Prog. In Japan 2006

Ms. Nidhi Mehra, a student of Govt. Sr. Secondary School, Amritsar also joined the workshop. Her participation was fruitful as she shared with the youth about her experience and benefits she derived by being a part of Youth Red Cross. She was lucky to have attended ‘International Youth Exchange Programme-2006', which was held in Japan from November 14th – 26th 2006 and represented the Indian Red Cross Society. She said that she has been associated with Red Cross from past four years and finds the Red Cross principles as the base for one to live a life. She also said that when she participated in the exchange programme she felt grateful to IRCS, NHQ as she got the opportunity to learn about other Red Cross Societies and made new friends. She also pledged that she would now work as a volunteer for the Red Cross and would help the needy people.

 
 
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