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.”
Kolkata, India Youth Conference - Bahá'í World News Service