Experiencing youth festival in Russia
The 19th World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) held in Sochi of Russia was a unique and lifetime experience for the Bangladeshi participants due to its innovative arrangements, diversity of programmes and cordial hospitality of the host among others. The theme of this year's festival was, "For peace, solidarity and social justice, we struggle against imperialism. Honouring our past, we build the future!"
Over 25,000 young people, ages between 18-35, from 185 different countries including Bangladesh have attended the festival. Participants included representatives from non-government organisations, teachers, students, politicians, social and cultural activists, power industry workers and journalists. More than one hundred youths represented Bangladesh at the International forum of which 11 students and professionals were sponsored by Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation-- Rosatom. Rosatom is helping Bangladesh in implementing the country's nuclear programme, including construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Project.
The festival, organised at Sochi's Olympic park from October 14 to 22, 2017, included various educational and entertainment events, meetings and interactions with famous politicians, scientists and successful young professionals from all over the world. One of the panel discussions titled "Powering the Future" was dedicated to energy as it is a key factor for global development.
Young experts and activists discussed the role of nuclear power in tackling global challenges, related to environmental protection and the importance of corporate social responsibility of companies all over the world.
"WFYS was an excellent platform for discussing the future, which depends on the decisions we take today. Rosatom can be an integral part of the future landscape, as it supplies green energy," said Vadim Titov, Senior Vice-President of Rosatom International Network.
"As a future nuclear specialist, it was really interesting for me to take part in the events... I believe, the versatile experience I gathered and the huge number of friends from various countries, I made during the festival days will help boost up my career," said Golam Sarwar, one of the participants and a student of Nuclear Engineering Department, University of Dhaka.
During the week-long festival, young people from Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East shared their ideas and formed a single vision of global development, which was presented to Russia's President Vladimir Putin.
"The best part of the festival in my opinion was the opportunity to get new friends from all over the world, to exchange and share stories about educational programmes, culture, stories and many others. I witnessed creative potentials coupled with enthusiasm, energy and versatility among the participants who can make wonders for the future world," said participant Tanvir Islam, MBA student of Pabna University of Science and Technology.
For me, it was an amazing journey where I constantly indulged myself in the process of discovering new ideas and sharing my own with others. I got the unique opportunity to interact with people from different cultures, communities, races and religions. It was a great platform to prepare myself for future leadership and increase my adaptive capabilities to any changes.
Sharing of experience by the heroes of our generation has motivated me in many ways to think beyond my capacity. One of the biggest lessons I learnt was how to deal with challenges and how to turn those challenges into opportunities. I am full of positive emotions and new experiences. It was really a privilege to be a part of this great event.
The first World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) was organized in 1947 in Prague. Russia hosted it for the third time. Earlier Moscow hosted the festival in 1957 and 1985.
The writer is working with ACCA, Business Analyst, BDCOM Online Limited