Applications are ongoing for the The South Asian Youth Conference 2017. SAYC was born out of a vision for a peaceful South Asia, led by young leaders. It is a journey of building capacity, conversations and (most importantly) connections between youth across borders.

Over the years, SAYC is becoming a family of leaders who can decisively contribute to shaping the future of South Asia. After starting in 2011 (Bangalore), they travelled to Islamabad (2012), Khatmandu (2013), Online (2014 and 16) and Colombo (2015).

And now, the movement comes to Afghanistan!

South Asian Youth Conference (SAYC) 2017, Kabul will highlight the shared interests of youth across South Asian countries in art and culture, gender mainstreaming and its interpretations in South Asian context, and violence and youth in South Asia to build a more peaceful and culturally diverse region and promote economically strong ties among South Asian countries.

SAYC 2017 will take place on 9 – 14 April 2017 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Eligibility:

  • The applicants should be from one of these countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
  • Age of Delegates: Delegates will be aged between 18 and 40.
  • Criteria for Choice of Delegates: We will choose delegates who have already demonstrated a commitment for South Asia through their actions, projects and organizations.
  • Language(s): All delegates must have a working knowledge of English; the selection committee will accept applications only in English from participants.

Benefits:

The South Asian Youth Conference (SAYC) Kabul 2017, will be a three-day event, which has been designed to be dynamic, positive space where 100 youth delegates from across South Asia can interact and exchange mutually-beneficial ideas. It will be a platform to allow the youth to showcase and express fruitful cooperation and coordination in promoting peace, equal rights for all, culture and diversity through art and end to all kinds of violence against youth.

All thematic days will include workshops, panel discussions, guest speakers and working-groups to cover centric themes of:

  • Art and culture;
  • Gender mainstreaming and its interpretations in South Asian context;
  • Violence and youth.

All days will start with morning reflections and setting expectations; followed by panel discussions and workshops with experts and other activities. Each panel discussion will invite experts from diverse backgrounds to bring in a variety of perspectives on every topic.

Application Process:

Deadline: March, 5, 2017

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