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Old 10-04-2013, 09:56 AM   #1
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Youth Conferences in Asia



Bidor Youth Conference
Malaysia | 9-11 August 2013

The youth conference in Bidor, Malaysia, opened with a rousing song that was specially composed for the occasion. The song, entitled “Bangkit lah Belia”, Bahasa Malaysia for “Arise, O Youths”, called on young people to arise and scale the heights of service to their communities, in particular by empowering those younger than themselves to contribute to the transformation of society. Many of the 400 youth present had travelled for hours to get to the conference site, on foot, in trucks, and by bus, including some from the mountaintop villages in the nearby Titiwangsa Mountains.

Since there was no adequate venue available for the expected number of participants in the rural setting of Bidor, organizers took the initiative to build, from the ground up, structures for conference sessions and lodging.This was only possible, of course, with the wholehearted support and sacrificial efforts of many of the residents of the Bidor area, in particular those of the Kampung Chang village where the conference was hosted. Children, parents, and grandparents all collaborated weeks in advance—by clearing the land, transporting materials, raising the structures, and feeding volunteers—to create befitting spaces to host such a special gathering.

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Ulaanbaatar Youth Conference
Mongolia | 9-11 August 2013

The rich strains of a trio playing the morin khuur, a stringed instrument traditionally made with strands of a horse’s tail, stirred the hearts of participants at the conference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The melody and rhythm of the morin khuur evoke images of the free-spirited horses native to the grassy steppes of eastern Asia, both revered and essential to Mongolian culture, and considered symbolic of the harmony between the soul and nature.

Surrounded by immense stretches of gentle hills and open grassland under a dome of blue sky, Ulaanbaatar is considered the coldest capital city in the world, with temperatures below freezing for the majority of the year. Inhabitants cherish the short span of summer, especially the months of July and August when it is the season for celebrating and enjoying the good weather.

Over 800 youth, hailing from all corners of this vast country, chose to spend some of this precious time at the conference in that city from 9 to 11 August, eager to discuss what it means to be a young person and what their role might be in contributing to the social and spiritual advancement of their neighbourhoods and villages.

In a country that in recent years has been experiencing rapid economic growth, and where social forces encouraging self-indulgence are increasingly directed at young people, the gathering was striking for its high aims—such as learning to not only be concerned with one’s own well-being but to work with others for the welfare of all.

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Macau Youth Conference
Macau | 16-18 August 2013

In 17 locations on five continents, thousands of young people from over 48 countries came together on the third weekend of August to discuss the unique characteristics of the age of youth, the forces that affect them, the role youth can play in the betterment of their communities, and their responsibility towards the younger generations.

In East Asia, over 430 youth from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, and Taiwan gathered in Macau where they spent three days reflecting on their part in this world-embracing endeavour. In a region so blessed with richness of culture, the gathering was indeed unique and vibrant. On meeting their peers from other countries, the Japanese group was distributing origami doves that they explained to be “symbols of peace from Japan”. The gathering, cosponsored by the Secretariat for Social Affairs & Culture in Macau, the Macau Foundation and the School of the Nations, provided the opportunity for these young people to reflect on ways they could help improve their communities and in turn assist in bringing about a more peaceful world.

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Port Dickson Youth Conference
Malaysia | 16-18 August 2013

The youth conference in Port Dickson got off to a high-spirited start as participants assembled early in the morning in the auditorium of a conference hotel on the south-west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. This small scenic coastal town, normally a tropical and tranquil holiday destination, was host to 1,150 like-minded youth, gathered to explore the ways in which they can contribute their talents and energies to efforts that are conducive to the progress of their communities.

The main hall was unable to cope with the overflow of participants and many were led to a space nearby, well equipped with chairs and a live video feed. While they waited with anticipation for the programme to start, a video of the youth conferences that have been taking place around the world was shown, and the participants applauded and cheered at photos of friends from the conference in Bidor that had taken place the week before. The opening ceremony took off with youth entering the hall performing a traditional stick dance accompanied by a style of music that fused a diversity of genres. The conference theme song named "Belia Boleh" ("Youth Can") followed, and there was a devotional period with prayers and songs in English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil.

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Almaty Youth Conference
Kazakhstan | 17-19 August 2013

Almaty rests at the foot of the majestic Trans-Ili Alatau mountain range in Kazakhstan. Within view of its green slopes and snow-capped peaks, almost 300 young people from countries in central Asia, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, assembled to consult about how to contribute to the betterment of their communities. Those gathered were joined by Continental Counsellors Gloria Javid from India and Zebiniso Solieva from Kazakhstan, both participating as representatives of the Universal House of Justice.

Conversations explored how the call to arise and serve one’s community necessitates that youth collaborate and encourage one another. “The most difficult thing when you talk about the idea of the betterment of the world,” one participant said, “is that people do not believe that it can happen. It helps when we explain that if we are united, this hope can be realized.”

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Kadugannawa Youth Conference
Sri Lanka | 19-21 August 2013

“Each person gets a chance to dedicate his or her life to the betterment of society. Today the time has come for the current generation of youth to step up to the challenges of the world,” said a youth at the opening of the conference in Kadugannawa, Sri Lanka.

Reflecting Sri Lanka’s national diversity and culturally rich heritage, a traditional welcome accompanied by exhilarating drum beats and exuberant colours, was performed to formally usher in Continental Counsellors Ms. Enkhdelger Banzragch and Mr. Omid Seioshanseian, present as representatives of the Universal House of Justice, in a beautiful gesture of honour and hospitality.

Under the banner of “Spirit of Service Stimulating Purposeful Action”, the youth conference began. Inspired by the vision of Bahá’u’lláh, 800 young people from 12 localities across the island came together to consult on the ways and means of community building. The gathering was remarkable for bringing together youth from ethnic groups that have been embroiled in armed conflict for the last two decades in an environment distinguished, instead, by unity.

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Seberang Perai (Sungai Siput) Youth Conference
Malaysia | 30 August - 1 September 2013

Addressing the youth of the world as “light bringers” with the aim to “raise up hope and the younger generation”, the song Gemuruh Belia with lyrics composed by a group of young people from northern Malaysia enthused the 350 participants gathered in Sungai Seput from 30 August to 1 September. Friends speaking English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil came together in this youth conference—to strengthen their common vision of how they could work with members of their communities towards progress.

Sessions began by considering the responsibility and potential of youth to contribute to the prosperity of their communities by aiding the social and spiritual development of those younger than themselves. “Young people are inherently good,” one young woman said. “The period of early adolescence is the time when we begin to investigate our reality and see the world with new eyes,” another participant said. “It is important that younger youth have positive influences in their life as they are making new choices.”

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Bhopal Youth Conference
India | 6-8 September 2013

Bhopal, located in the heart of India, is the capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh, lying just north of the Vindhya mountain range. It is known as the city of lakes, most famous for Bada Talab and Chota Talab, two beautiful lakes that frame its edges. It was here, from 6-8 September that over 730 youth gathered from the province of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh to reflect on how they could join hands on a path of service to their communities.

The first morning began with a traditional Chhattisgarhi dance from central India to welcome the two Continental Counsellors, representing the Universal House of Justice, and a member of the National Spiritual Assembly. The venue was filled with the beautiful sounds of music and cheering as those gathered expressed their excitement and eagerness to consult together on how they could bring about constructive change in their villages and work towards a vision of prosperity illumined by the Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh.

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Bhubaneswar Youth Conference
India | 6-8 September 2013

Dressed in classical traditional attire, local youth performed a tribal dance along the entrance pathway, joyfully welcoming 630 of their peers to the youth conference being held in the centre of Bhubaneswar, India, the capital city of eastern province of Orissa. To accommodate everyone, large canopies of colourful fabrics had been set up on bamboo frames in the park grounds. The youth were gathered to consult on ways that they, along with rising generations could refine their characters and prepare to assume responsibility for the well-being of their neighbourhoods and towns.

Continental Counsellors Rajan Sawant and Delafruz Nassimova represented the Universal House of Justice at the conference, which took place from 6 to 8 September. Mrs. Nassimova remarked on the beautiful tribal art and the tribal dance performed by the youth, saying: “The richness of culture when imbued with the Teachings of Baha’u’llah is amazing!” She further elaborated that even dance and art, “need training, need unity, and need to be systematic”, in very similar ways to the efforts needed for community-building.

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Battambang Youth Conference
Cambodia | 10-12 September 2013

At the Battambang, Cambodia youth conference, held 10 – 12 September, the sounds of the Chayyam– —a traditional song performed for ceremonial occasions—could be heard, as a group of youth escorted Continental Counsellors Lee Lee Loh Ludher and Myint Zaw Oo, representing the Universal House of Justice, into the main hall of the venue. In this city, built along the Sangkae River, over 500 youth from Cambodia and Vietnam gathered to reflect on the spiritual and material progress of their communities and the ways in which they can prepare themselves for a life of service. Although the region has experienced a tumultuous period of war and conflict in its recent history, in the last decade and a half groups of youth have contributed to a community-building process inspired by the Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, that is well underway in a number of villages and towns.

In the opening welcome, the Deputy Governor of Battambang, joined by members of the local and regional government, praised the efforts of the youth for their service endeavours.

After the welcome, the participants sang a song, composed for the conference:

“Welcome to all the youth that have the will to serve communities
We unite, we believe, loving peace
Loving justice, with pure hearts, we must arise to serve…
Helping all of humanity towards unity along the right path”

In workshops, the participants discussed themes that included characteristics of the unique period of youth, the positive effect of service on spiritual and intellectual growth, and the capacity of the younger generations to contribute to social progress.

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Kolkata Youth Conference
India | 13-15 September 2013

Kolkata—the “City of Joy”’—sits on the east bank of the Hooghly River and is the capital of the state of West Bengal, India. It was there, from 13 to 15 September, that just over 900 young people, inspired by Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of a new world, gathered to consult on the responsibility before youth to channel their energies towards the advancement of their neighbourhoods and villages.

In a spirit of anticipation and excitement, the workshops began as participants explored themes including the special characteristics of the period of youth and the importance of both spiritual and material education Reflecting on education as part of the process of empowerment for individuals and communities, one participant commented, “I used to think that formal education is the only priority for youth. But now my idea has changed. Now I understand that we need spiritual education as well as material education.”

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Patna Youth Conference
India | 13-15 September 2013

Just a short distance from the ruins of Pataliputra, the capital of ancient India, and near to where Buddha is said to have received enlightenment, is the city now known as Patna. Here more than 1,150 youth from the states of Bihar and Jharkhand converged for the youth conference from 13 to 15 September with all the hope in their hearts that through strenuous, concerted effort to apply Bahá’u’lláh’s Teachings, the world can be transformed.

Those gathered were among thousands of people in the villages of this region who have been participating in activities that weave a pattern of community life in which worship and service unite. This pattern is seen in the coherence that exists between gatherings for prayer, which strengthen the devotional character of the community, and an educational process that builds capacity for service to humanity in people of all ages and backgrounds. The vitality of these two interconnected processes advancing in this region will soon be further enhanced by the erection of one of the first local Houses of Worship in the world, described by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as a place of meeting where “the proclamation of the oneness of mankind shall go forth from its open courts of holiness.”

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Kuching Youth Conference
Sarawak, Malaysia | 14-16 September 2013

Along the banks of the Sarawak River, on the western part of the island of Borneo, lies the city of Kuching, capital of the state of Sarawak. It was there, from 14 to 16 September, that 650 youth, inspired by Bahá’u’lláh’s vision for a world founded on justice and unity, gathered to consult on the ways in which they can contribute to the development of their communities.

Participants wearing beautiful traditional attire formally ushered Continental Counsellors Lori McLaughlin Noguchi and Ircham Hadi Sujadmiko—representatives of the Universal House of Justice—into the main hall of the conference venue. After a moving devotional programme, and a welcome to all the conference participants by region, the song Belia Harapan Dunia (Youth, Hope of the World), which was composed especially for the gathering, was shared:

“Youth are the hope of the world
Building our communities
Fulfilling God’s wish…
Let’s all come together
To nurture the young”

Among the themes explored by conference participants was the concept of living a coherent life that is seeing family, service, and education as elements of a whole rather than separate parts. One girl from Kota Samarahan reflected on the centrality of service in her life and how it contributes to coherence. She recognized that she had previously understood it was impossible to be engaged in service activities while simultaneously pursuing her studies. However, since beginning to collaborate with younger youth in her neighbourhood in service to the community, she realized that, far from detracting from her studies, what she was learning through her efforts to serve others was also applicable to her university courses and had helped to strengthen all areas of her life.

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Dhaka Youth Conference
Bangladesh | 20-23 September 2013

Bangladesh is said to be the most densely populated place on the planet and is home to a rich cultural and literary heritage. It was here, from 21 to 23 September, that over 500 young people gathered from across the country, in the capital Dhaka—one of the fastest growing cities in the world. There, on the grounds of the Gonoshasthaya Kendra Centre, the participants spent three days consulting on the contributions youth can make to the community-building process in their neighbourhoods and villages.

The first busload of participants arrived at 3 p.m. on the day before the conference began, after 18 hours of travel, and they continued to arrive in waves until the early morning hours. The joy and excitement of the youth diminished any sense of difficulty in their journey, and the spirit of the opening day was marked with a profound sense of gratitude for having been given the opportunity to participate in such a historic gathering.

The young people had, in many cases, made great efforts to attend the conference. One girl who had never travelled outside of her village, convinced her father to take time off work and escort her to the conference—the only way it would be possible for her to attend. So inspired by the transformation he saw in his daughter and the conference participants, her father was happy he had agreed to accompany her.

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Chennai Youth Conference
India | 27-29 September 2013

For some, their experience with the Bahá’i-inspired community-building endeavour spans years, for others their participation is perhaps of a few months, and for others still, their introduction to the conversation—at the heart of which is the effort to apply the Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh to the advancement of society—has been just a few days. Yet regardless of how long they have been involved, they are wholeheartedly committing themselves to meaningful acts of service reflective of their affinity with the vision of contributing to the advancement of neighbourhoods and villages around the world. The 800 participants of the Chennai youth conference, held from 27 to 29 September, represented this range of experience.

Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu (in English, “the land of Tamils”), one of the 28 states of India, a diverse and culturally rich nation. Tamil is considered one of the classical languages of India and the official language of the state. The deep cultural influence is reflected in the literature, art, and music of a region that retains many aspects of its traditional heritage and places great emphasis on education. The young people of Tamil Nadu have proved their capacity to sustain long-term commitment to the process of spiritual education offered in their neighbourhoods and villages.

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New Delhi Youth Conference
India | 4-6 October 2013

On the grounds of the “Lotus of Bahapur”, the continental House of Worship in India, 400 young people from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu, Kashmir, Punjab, and Rajasthan joined 1,500 of their peers in New Delhi—making a total of 1,900 youth— who participated in a youth conference from 4 to 6 October to consider how their generation could lend further impetus to a process of community building that has been steadily gaining momentum over the past ten years.

In New Delhi, the community has been fully immersed in a process of collective transformation at the heart of which are conversations with friends and neighbours revolving around the study of the Word of God, cultivating a thirst for understanding, and a desire to serve humanity. In the neighbourhoods surrounding the Temple, individuals, communities, and institutions are collaborating by the hundreds to translate the vision of Bahá‘u’lláh into a reality for the city’s approximately 22 million inhabitants. At the forefront of this systematic effort is an expanding number of youth who are devoting themselves to nurturing the spiritual and intellectual development of children and young adolescents. This was clearly evident in the profound discussions, enhanced by practical experience and reflection, that took place during the conference. One participant who had been teaching a class to develop spiritual qualities in children for the past year said, “To bring about transformation in society, it is important that we educate the younger generation, both materially and spiritually.” This youth went on to describe how, since teaching spiritual principles in her classes, she had seen the children develop much more caring behaviour with one another— speaking to each other with love and kindness and being more inclusive when playing, so none were made to feel left out.

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Manila Youth Conference
Philippines | 4-6 October 2013

“It is not important whether we are just starting to consciously work for the betterment of our communities, or whether we have been engaged in this process for a long time,” said one participant at the Manila youth conference, the first of three such gatherings to be held across the Philippines. “What is important,” she added, “is that we are united in one aim: to grow spiritually and to assist in the transformation of society.” Her comments echo the desire shared by her fellow conference-goers—young people from the Southern Luzon and Palawan regions of the Philippines—to join in efforts to contribute to the betterment of the world. From 4 to 6 October, some 740 youth gathered at a forest reserve on the outskirts of Manila, at the base of Mount Makiling, to find ways to broaden this conversation to include an increasing number of people.

Three full days of thought-provoking consultations, inspiring plenaries, and vibrant arts presentations generated many insights among participants, culminating in a closing session in which youth shared what they had learned and what they planned to implement upon returning to their neighbourhoods and villages. “I used to keep to myself, just because I am a tribal man, and some of us feel that we are insignificant or uneducated,” said one participant, who together with his friends walked for eight hours as part of their journey to the conference. “But since coming to this gathering, and having studied texts that taught me about the importance of service to others, I feel I have overcome this shyness and I can now associate with anyone to join in working towards creating a better world.”

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Daidanaw Youth Conference
Myanmar | 4-6 October 2013

Daidanaw, a village in the district of Kungyangon, Myanmar, stretches a few kilometres on either side of a main road that runs through numerous other similar villages. Around the turn of the twentieth century, the entire village, attracted to Bahá’u’lláh’s vision for a world founded on justice and unity, embraced His Teachings and began applying them in their lives. ‘Abdu’l- Bahá, living in Haifa at the time, was so happy to hear the news of the people of Daidanaw recognizing the universal truth in Bahá’u’lláh’s Writings that He described it as “His village”. Some 100 years later, over 500 youth gathered in “His village” from 4 to 6 October, inspired by the same Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh and sharing a desire to further advance their efforts in contributing to the betterment of the world.

“This is my first time to participate in a gathering like this and I have learned many things. One thought I have is that youth do things together, that is our way, and we can learn to channel our energy in service. I want to share my insights with other youth so that we can serve our community together,” commented a participant.

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Panchgani Youth Conference
India | 4-6 October 2013

“May the light they light today, illumine our hearts throughout our lives,” said a participant, following a traditional lamp-lighting ceremony to open the youth conference in Panchgani, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, from 4 to 6 October. There, in the New Era High School, overlooking the Krishna River and with the beautiful Western Ghats mountain range in the background, 1,200 youth from the states of Maharashtra, Goa, and Gujarat gathered to consult on the ways they could assist in the social and spiritual development of their villages and neighbourhoods.

Sharing a common desire to bring about constructive change and a capacity for meaningful service, the participants gathered in large and small workshop groups according to locality and spread across the spacious school grounds to study the conference materials. They consulted on the nature of the conversation around community building, at the heart of which is the Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, and the youth thought of ways to share His vision for a united world with others. In this connection, they recognized that the Word of God is a vital aspect of community building. One participant commented, “To bring about change our words might not have so great an influence, as would the Word of God on the hearts and minds of others.”

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Guwahati Youth Conference
India | 11-13 October 2013

The youth conference in Guwahati, India, held from 11 to 13 October, included young people from the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura. It began with a warm welcome by youth dressed in traditional attire who lined the pathway to the venue and greeted guests and participants as they arrived. Close to 1,200 young people made their way to the main hall where, in a rarefied atmosphere, prayers were said for the well-being of their communities.

Regardless of the various social circumstances of the participants, it became clear through the conference discussions that everyone shared a desire to contribute to the betterment of society. Stories of service were recounted by many of the participants that demonstrated qualities of perseverance, dedication, and selflessness. One instance was of a young lady who shared how she had initially found it challenging to attract her peers to join with her in service efforts. However, she persevered and over time their interest grew to the point that she now collaborates with two groups of youth. They have not only become her very good friends but are also fully committed and engaged in activities that contribute to the community-building process in their neighbourhoods.

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Lucknow Youth Conference
India | 11-13 October 2013

Uttar Pradesh—known as the heartland of Hindi—is the most populated state in India. It was there, from 11 to 13 October, that 2,200 young people from over 200 localities came together for the youth conference in Lucknow, India. The energy of so many young souls gathering to consult on themes related to the period of youth, the importance of spiritual education, and contributing to the advancement of civilization was profoundly moving.

Even with such large numbers, it was possible to create an atmosphere in which all felt supported by one another to participate. Every session started on time, with a spirit of cooperation and joy among volunteers and participants. Over the course of three days, in workshop groups sometimes numbering 80, youth shared ideas and exchanged insights with one another, each listening respectfully to the contributions of their peers.

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Bangalore Youth Conference
India | 12-14 October 2013

Bangalore, with its vibrant flora, vast parklands, and tree-lined avenues, is known as the “garden city of India”. Around 800 young people from three southern states—Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Kerala—inspired by Bahá‘u’lláh’s vision for a just and united world, gathered from 12 to 14 October in the city to consult about how their generation could share this vision with others.

For many, exploring the potential of youth to contribute to the development of their communities presented challenging, yet exciting, ideas. The participants were eager to deepen their understanding, studying together for long hours and discussing the conference materials. “This conference is a new experience for me,” one 17-year-old said. “I learned how to identify opportunities for service and cannot wait to begin as soon as I am home again.” The sincerity of the bonds of friendship that were formed enhanced their ability to consult, and the diversity of the different cultural backgrounds and languages of the participants enriched their discussions.

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Biratnagar Youth Conference
Nepal | 18-20 October 2013

In busload after busload they arrived. 3,200 young people from eastern and central districts of Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Darjeeling region of India travelled in groups to participate in the Biratnagar youth conference in Nepal from 18 to 20 October. Eventually, in every corner of the conference venue, youth in high spirits were singing, laughing, becoming friends, and anticipating the fruits of their consultations.

Many were new to the community-building process in their neighbourhoods and villages, and had been invited by friends and neighbours. As they consulted about the profound concepts in the conference materials, everyone developed a deeper appreciation of the special characteristics and responsibilities of the period of youth. One said, “We, the youth, are the future of the nation, therefore it is our responsibility to advance ourselves and the society we live in.” Another said, “Youth have an important role to play in the advancement of society, and with this responsibility comes a great challenge, especially to be a worthy role model for others.”

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San Jose City Youth Conference
Philippines | 18-20 October 2013

“Let us prepare the younger generation to contribute to a better society in the future,” said a person reflecting a shared sense of purpose among participants at the San Jose City youth conference in the Philippines, held from 18 to 20 October. Despite a devastating typhoon that passed through central and northern Luzon only days before the start of the gathering, over 500 young people came together at Central Luzon State University to consult on the ways in which they could contribute to meaningful change in their communities.

Among the themes explored by the youth was the importance of assisting the younger generation to develop the skills, spiritual qualities, and attitudes necessary to live a life of service. They shared examples from their own lives in which older youth assisted them to be of service and recognized the impact this had on their future choices. “From my own experience I know how important the role of older youth is in supporting younger ones to develop capacity to serve their community. Their example inspired me and I hope to be the same kind of inspirational example for those younger than me.”

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Kampong Thom Youth Conference
Cambodia | 20-22 October 2013

“This is the very first time I have participated in such a gathering and the feeling and atmosphere is such that we are all one family. We are learning from our study and our consultation how we can contribute to making a positive change in our communities,” said one participant at the Kampong Thom youth conference in Cambodia, held from 18 to 20 October. Despite recent flooding that swept across most of the country, displacing families and causing widespread damage, over 900 young people from Thailand and Cambodia gathered to deliberate on the ways their generation could contribute to building materially and spiritually prosperous communities.

Local government officials, including the deputy vice governor, warmly welcomed those gathered, acknowledging their commitment to serving their neighbourhoods and villages. He spoke of the importance of assisting communities in both their spiritual and material development, and about the need for all members of a community, particularly the youth, to support the process.

Kampong Thom, Cambodia Youth Conference - Bahá'í World News Service
 
Old 10-31-2013, 12:00 PM   #26
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Bardiya (Banke) Youth Conference
Nepal | 25-27 October 2013

Nepalgunj, in the Banke district, is one of the largest cities in Nepal and is filled with busy streets. On 25 October, when 42 buses full of youth from villages and towns of the western region of Nepal made their way toward a stadium in the city centre, all other traffic momentarily stopped. Just over 4,000 young people gathered from 26 to 28 October to focus their thoughts and energies on the material and spiritual well-being of their communities. As one participant said, “Each of us needs to recognize our own responsibility and contribute to the progress of the village where we live.”

After registering, the participants joined one another in a large tent erected in the middle of the stadium for the plenary and workshop sessions. They sat in groups, some making garlands of marigold flowers to decorate the stage, others singing, and yet others sitting silently in awe of their surroundings. The conference task force had arranged a contribution desk, and many of the participants had organized their donations while still on their buses, making the process much more efficient upon arrival. Along with cash funds, donations included rice, lentils, and vegetables brought from their villages, some hundreds of kilometers away.

Bardiya (Banke), Nepal Youth Conference - Bahá'í World News Service
 
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Cagayan de Oro Youth Conference
Philippines | 25-27 October 2013

“Sama-samang maglingkod sa kapwa” (Let us serve our fellowmen), sang the youth from Kisolon on the first night of the youth conference in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, held from 25 to 27 October. This was the third and last conference in the country, and participation numbered some 600 youth from across Mindanao and the Visayas.

In discussing the unique characteristics of the stage of youth, those gathered recognized the opportunity afforded to them to make a meaningful contribution to the well-being of their communities. A young woman stated, “As youth, all of us want to serve; all of us desire to be positive role models for our peers. We desire to belong to a community where love for each other and peacefulness is seen and felt. This conference has given me hope.” This contribution, they concluded, could be focused on assisting those younger than themselves to recognise prevailing social forces and channel their energies towards service in their neighbourhoods and villages.

Cagayan de Oro, Philippines Youth Conference - Bahá'í World News Service
 
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Vientiane Youth Conference
Laos | 25-27 October 2013

From 25 to 27 October, close to 200 young people gathered in Vientiane, Laos, to consult on the ways in which their generation could contribute to the well-being of their villages and neighbourhoods. Such a gathering was a new experience for the country, and in attendance were several government officials, including young officials who participated in a some of the workshop sessions.

A number of themes were explored in these workshops including the importance of education, both material and spiritual, in a community’s development. One participant said that in his village, many of the children are unable to attend school, and after discussing the role of youth in assisting those younger than themselves, he shared his plan to offer classes for these children that would address their academic and spiritual needs. . “It is so special to be discussing education in light of developing spiritual qualities,” said one young person. “Most of the time at school or work we focus on intellectual development.”

Vientiane, Laos Youth Conference - Bahá'í World News Service
 
Old 11-21-2013, 01:00 AM   #29
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Any business activity is held in Asia. I have needed little help to get the big search for my new projects that are completely about travelling field this is my profession and also my business I completely depended on it. However due to complete this project I need some help from the above members. If anyone likes to do for me I really thank full to you.

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Old 12-16-2013, 10:30 PM   #30
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Dear friends,

Maybe you might help me with some questions about Youth Conferences:

1. Do you have any information about what happened with Youth Conferences in Baku, Bangui, Karachi and Khujand? There is no mention of those cities among conference reports at 114 Youth Conferences - Bahá'í World News Service

2. Also on the website there are mentions of Jakarta (Indonesia), Istanbul (Turkey for 9-11 August 2013), and Tbilisi (Georgia) but no reports published. Do you have any ideas why? Do you know how many people attended them?

3. I heard that there was a letter from UHJ with some guidelines how to take pictures and videos at Youth Conferences. If you have that letter by chance, can you share it with me, please?
 
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Dear friends,

Maybe you might help me with some questions about Youth Conferences:

1. Do you have any information about what happened with Youth Conferences in Baku, Bangui, Karachi and Khujand? There is no mention of those cities among conference reports at 114 Youth Conferences - Bahá'í World News Service

2. Also on the website there are mentions of Jakarta (Indonesia), Istanbul (Turkey for 9-11 August 2013), and Tbilisi (Georgia) but no reports published. Do you have any ideas why? Do you know how many people attended them?

3. I heard that there was a letter from UHJ with some guidelines how to take pictures and videos at Youth Conferences. If you have that letter by chance, can you share it with me, please?
Khujand report was just posted - that conference was finally held in December. Also, there was considerable political unrest/violence recently in C.A.R., so it is probable that the Bangui conference was also delayed.

The other conferences were held in sensitive areas (Indonesia/Pakistan) or for youth from sensitive areas (Tblisi and 2nd Istanbul conferences were in Arabic for youth from Arabic-speaking countries). So as not to bring any additional danger to youth from these regions, no pictures or reports are published from these conferences.
 
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Khujand Youth Conference
Tajikistan | 29 November - 1 December 2013

The participants arrived from all regions of Tajikistan—Dushanbe and Penjikent, Qurghonteppa and Konibodom, and the Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Province. Some had to traverse treacherous alpine passes in order to reach their destination, a beautiful camp outside the city of Khujand.

Those gathered arose early on the morning of 29 November 2013 and prepared themselves for the conference. A stirring chant in Persian opened the first day’s proceedings, followed by a recitation of uplifting passages from the writings of the Bahá’í Faith in the Tajik, Uzbek, and Russian languages. After reading the 1 July 2013 message of the Universal House of Justice addressed to all youth conference participants, the group then split into two: Tajik-speakers and Russian-speakers.

Khujand Youth Conference - Bahá'í World News Service
 
Old 02-13-2014, 05:22 PM   #33
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Dhaka Youth Conference

Really we enjoy & learn a lot from Dhaka Youth Conference([URL="http://news.bahai.org/community-news/youth-conferences/dhaka.html"].

Our theme song was awesome ''amra korbo joy nischoi"(we'll win). This was wonderful moment when everyone sing this song.
We miss these precious 3 days. Some of us told that, ''This Conference change their life & their vision. I know this not only happened with them But them also everyone like me who attend in ''114 Youth Conference''

We are thanks full to Our Beloved ''UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE'' to give us such a opportunity to participate youth conference.

Mohajer
Bangladesh

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Old 02-14-2014, 05:36 AM   #34
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I'm glad you had such a wonderful and spiritual experience Mohajer!
 
Old 02-16-2014, 07:42 AM   #35
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Thank you very much @Matthew
 
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