The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable (MGIEP). The 8th South Asian Youth Conference (SAYC) closed on December 17, 2018, in Mumbai. This edition of the conference was on the theme of “Leadership for the Future of South Asia.”
Held at the scenic Retreat House in Bandra, SAYC brought together delegates from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan for 5 days to engage with these themes. The intent of the SAYC series is to build a shared context about South Asia, a capacity to engage with peace and connections that last a lifetime.
Talking about the Conference, Abhishek Thakore, Co-Founder, and member of the Blue Ribbon Movement said: “SAYC has transitioned into the able leadership of mid-20s youth. With this edition, we are moving towards a collective that will co-create the future direction of the conference and the movement.”
The participants discussed the crisis and issues facing South Asia, highlighting issues like gender inequality, individualism and radicalization and sustainability, etc.