Friday, December 1, 2023

Dhwani set to engage youth for Global Action

Conclave to be hosted online this year

Jamshedpur, Jan 9: Tata Steel Foundation is all set to organise ‘Dhwani’, a youth conclave on January, 11-12. Coinciding with National Youth Day, the fourth edition of Dhwani will be hosted on virtual platforms this year.

During the three years of Dhwani, the programme has moved from an annual event to emerge as a platform that lends itself to youth and their aspirations. Revolving around United Nation’s theme for International Youth Day, Dhwani aspires to provide a platform to youngsters to network and voice their aspirations.

During the conclave, more than 1000 young minds from across the two states of Jharkhand and Odisha will come together to absorb multi-faceted perspectives from eminent thinkers, change-makers and subject-matter experts and also share ideas and action plans for social change.

Dhwani, in alignment with the UN theme, will be exploring ‘Youth Engagement for Global Action’. TV Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel will address the young minds on the inaugural day while Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President Corporate Services, Tata Steel will share his perspective on ‘Representation in Key Decision Making Processes’.

The sessions will discuss and bring to light some of the most outstanding examples of youth engagement in the areas of education, climate action, economic development and youth representation. The conclave will explore opportunities for youth participation and meaningful engagement in the decision making process while echoing the voice of youngsters from remote areas and their drive to make a difference.

Prior to the event, the team embarked on a journey of hosting focus group discussions with the Manthan Yatra held across Tata Steel’s operating locations in an attempt to understand their thoughts on burning issues that call for concerted deliberation.

“Tata Steel Foundation through its programmes across Jharkhand and Odisha has the privilege of meeting and working with youngsters whose perspectives and stories must receive a broader platform as we are convinced that they are going to lead the charge towards the India of tomorrow. Dhwani aspires to be that platform and brings together these youngsters in a bridgital format with a hope that their passion for social change and stories of personal determination will reach the larger narrative in policy and practice,” said Sourav Roy, Chief, Corporate Social Responsibility, Tata Steel. 

Speakers for the event include Pravin Nikam- Founder ROSHNI Foundation and National Youth Awardee 2016. Raziya Sheikh- Founder of Bastar Food (Employment to tribal women and unemployed tribal youth in Bastar area. Ravi Choudhary- Founder of Prayas Youth Foundation, planted 1,55,265 trees across India since 2010, created biggest man-made forest with 75,000+ indigenous trees at Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Riddhi Agarwal- Co-founder and Swa-Ekta mentor of Swatantra Talim, A school where education is provided in an unconventional and specially curated pedagogy. Ramu Soren- Runs 30 Santali-Ol Chikki language centres and also TLP Alumni Arati Devi: Sarpanch of Dumka pada GP, Ganjam

So far, Dhwani has witnessed participation from more than 1500 youngsters from across Jharkhand and Odisha and experts on youth issues, youth icons, academicians, development practitioners, spiritual teachers and humanitarians from across India. Pravin Nikam, Founder ROSHNI Foundation & National Youth Awardee 2016 and Chakravarti Singh Rathore, Collector and District Magistrate, Jajpur will also interact with the youngsters during the two-day online event among other distinguished speakers.

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