From morning meetings to college examinations, everything has taken the e-route amid the coronavirus pandemic and its resultant lockdown. So, why not an online forum for students to voice their opinions, participate in exchange of ideas, educate each other in the process, and learn from the best in the business?
With this vision in mind, three Class 12 students from Delhi have come together to launch The Youth Symposium (TYS). The platform, brainchild of Aanvi Somany, Suhanee Giroti and Dhruv Bindra, students of The Shri Ram School in New Delhi, is designed to organise e-conferences with an aim to provide the youth of today a forum to actively take part in matters of international interest.
“The aim behind it is to create a virtual townhall in order to empower the youth with a voice of their own,” the founders explained.
While the whole plan is to help students make the best use of their time amid a global pandemic, TYS has already made headways in reaching out to students from all over the world. Since its inception on April 22, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the student founders said that they have garnered over 300 registrations from high school students from more than 40 different countries. These include Slovenia, Serbia, Poland, and the UAE.
TYS’ conferences are focussed on topics of global relevance such as climate change, feminism, and equal access to healthcare, shared Aanvi, Shanee, and Dhruv.
"Each breakout room is unique and participative. They are the highlights of our conference" added Suhanee.
During each of TYS’ sessions, the students and participants examine various relevant issues in great detail by discussing its effects on different stakeholders. Following this, the members also work towards coming up with robust solutions and policy briefs which are then sent to world-renowned organisations. The forum’s motto is “discussions today for a sustainable tomorrow” and they aim to institutionalise their solutions and make a legitimate difference.
The Youth Symposium’s vision is to empower students and give them access to the correct resources so that the entire world plays witness to their brilliant ideas, said the founders, adding, they hope to see more bright minds, like those of Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg, emerge from their organisation.
(Edited by Javed Gaihlot)