Few days' back I took part in an international conference under RYS Service Project in Pokhara, Nepal, with the theme 'Leadership Through Service' organised by Universal Peace Federation (UPF), an affiliated organisation of United Nations, on June 10- 16. UPF has a particular service project for youth--Religious Youth Service Project (RYS)--which is principally dedicated to connect the youth of different countries under one umbrella in establishing peace and harmony in the society. This conference edified me with diversified experiences and knowledge.
Delegates, students and professionals, from around different corners of the globe- including USA, Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh- congregated in Nepal. I was one of the delegates from Bangladesh.
In one side, we were enthralled with the venue, natural beauty of Pokhara. On the other side, the conference taught us practical and effective things, as it was amalgamated with several educational sessions and practical services with local community. So, it was a perfect blend of learning and enjoyment.
Educational sessions focused on peace and leadership, peace and religion, peace and humanity; I think which are very much needed to uproot the chaos and anarchy from the society. It put emphasis on how peaceful bond can be established among various religious communities. It provided a guideline to the delegates to respect all religions of the world.
We visited different religious places including World Peace Pagoda, Pokhara; Bindabasini temple; mosques and churches. It was a marvelous experience for all of us, as we paid homage to different religion. It has made our heart more kind, soft and enlightened.
We were also engaged with interactive teaching in local school of Pokhara, where we taught our own cultures and rituals along with descriptions of our own countries.
Afterwards, we went to sightseeing in Phewa Lake and Sarangkot hill (almost 5,282 feet high) where we were literally enchanted with the mesmerizing view of lake and hill.
On June 16, we visited a village of Lalitpur badly affected during the earthquake and took part in relief distribution as per our plan. Then, with the presence of honourable Ek Nath Dhakal, Minister (2013 -14), Government of Nepal, the conference was officially closed through certificate giving ceremony.
One of the delegates, Roger Chia from Singapore, said, "RYS was a great platform for knowing different religions and cultures."
"RYS: leadership through service was an intensive programme, where I got chance to learn about many things including creating peace and harmony in the world," said another delegate, Anima Poudel from Nepal.
The conference was coordinated by Mufazzal Hossain Rumon and facilitated by Piya Ratna Maharjan, Project Director, RYS, Nepal.
The whole conference gave me a new perception about life which is realistic and laudable. I came to know about different cultures and reality of different countries from the delegates and exchanged my views with them. My learning from this conference is a lifelong asset for me which I am going to store in my memory for sure.
(The writer is a delegate of RYS-2015)