Net Happiness in the World

An age old urge with a fantabulous approach from a South Asian descendant who has elated  the belief from his own life journey.

Many a number of revolutionaries, charismatic heroes and even non-Cromwell  had called for liberation, dignity, peace and much more. Sometimes they promised of liberation with the cost of blood and war and sometimes with non violent approaches. All have been great treasures of history and unending learning courses for generations.

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But at the William Marsh Rice University (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_University) Commencement 2012, Salman Khan,  a Time 100 influential persons and a Bangladeshi descendant, called for ‘creating net happiness in the world’.  He addressed 1665 degree awardees of Rice University, mostly reputed as excellent hub for research, in Houston, Texas recently as the Commencement Speaker.

Salman Khan, 35, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salman_Khan_(educator)) is an educator to unnumbered learners across the world. He has transformed the toughest academic lessons into simple, easy going and easy to understand video tutorials. A former Hedge Fund Analyst, left the job for the cause of educating with the motto ‘ providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere’. The journey of Khan Academy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khan_Academy),  with the transforming academic support to the insatiably needy learners, goes on.

Salman shares his thought coterie ‘net happiness’ with  ‘think together, share some thoughts and ideas and guiding principles’.

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Special Visit of Bill Gates at the Khan Academy

 Now the  wide spectrum of lessons, more than 3,200  video tutorials and counting (http://www.youtube.com/user/khanacademy?feature=results_main), are shared  and viewed every day, everywhere. A Swedish learner Kia Stevenson shares her touchy feeling about the tutorials

I agree that education is really important, but sometimes it can be really hard to get motivated, i’m in the ninth class at a steiner school in switzerland, and no one’s interested in anything, not even the teachers. so thank god for sal, for helping me learn stuff in english and making it interesting! “  (http://www.facebook.com/khanacademy)

For being happy Sal’s approach has been all different, from every corner, from point of views and looking forward to the future. He briefly reflected on the grounded belief at the Rice Commencement ‘ increase positivity in the world, be a lifelong learner and maintain perspective’.

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Sal’s ‘sharing ideas’ continues as aspirants can translate the tutorials in their own languages and share the spectrum of learning. Even the Khan Academy proffers supports the young aspirants for their courage for making the difference. The ‘net happiness’ building journey goes on.

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/ricepublicaffairs/7182627600/sizes/o/in/set-72157629694072950/

http://www.facebook.com/khanacademy

Information Credit : Alyson Ward, Writer in Public Affairs at Rice University

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Bangladeshi Volunteers’ Bracelet Embraces Hillary Clinton


SAYNN, May 7, 2012: 

The auditorium  filled with round of applauses soon after the most powerful lady of the world Hillary Rodham Clinton declared  “My bracelet is inscribed with Volunteer for Bangladesh”. Her stunningly smiling face showcased something significant apart from the regular hardheaded diplomatic notions. She said it was a gift to her from a group of Bangladeshi youth volunteers.(http://www.facebook.com/VolunteerforBangladesh)     

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Hillary’s  two-day Dhaka visit counts substantial importance than her regular visits as the Secretary of State since the visit encompass China, Bangladesh and India. She started from China and made the stopover in Bangladesh and left Dhaka for India. Signing treaties, high level discussions and hectic schedules are regular part of her tour  but a simple bracelet carries lot of significance since she carries it not only as a gift.  A bracelet is more than ornament, fairly reflection of personal motivation, passion and love. She came to meet the young Bangladeshi leaders adorning her  hand with the bracelet inscribed with the vital word ‘volunteer’.

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Ejaj Ahmad, a Harvard master of leadership and public policy & founder of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Centre BYLC (http://www.facebook.com/youthleadershipcenter),  along with a Bangladeshi leading  female journalist Munni Shaha;  conducted the nearly one and half an hour session ‘Conversation with Bangladesh’ with Senator Hillary in Dhaka on 6th May 2012.  More than hundred youth leaders of different organizations of Bangladesh got the luck to meet and ask questions to the  most celebrated woman politician of the world.

Responding asking from the ‘future’ leaders, Hillary referred back to the historical Grand Road of the 15th Century that connected Bangladesh and the entire region. She also termed Bangladesh as the ‘middle of the East and West of Asia’. She lauded the works of the youth and betted on Bangladesh of an ‘excellent future’ and,of course, wearing the bracelet gifted by the youth volunteer.

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Hillary’s  reference to history, geo-political importance of Bangladesh and her very ‘important visit’ in China, Bangladesh and India shed light on the bracelet and clearly shows how the US is going to  address the power and future of the youth. At least her schedule says so as she held the longest meeting with the youth leaders, even  her meeting with the prime minister of Bangladesh was not more than of a 60 minute slot.

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It was hard to track the vision of the young volunteer but wearing the bracelet was acknowledgement of the activities led by the youth and  showing compassion to their works since the powerful head of states get baskets of gifts and pile them in the back seats whereas Hillary had the bracelet with herself!

Hillary quoted  ‘a mind of volunteer needed’.

She added,  ”You cannot expect to work always with like minded people, you need to work with diversity”.

She is referring it while she is visiting the most densely  populated region, place of not less than of one billion youth, connecting China, Bangladesh and India.

Hillary proffered ‘more opportunities for higher education for the youth in the United States’.  

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As Hillary outlines ‘ sharing opportunities and spreading democracies’ and since the catchphrase of her new bracelet ‘volunteer’ connotes service and peace; analysts can speculate Hillary’s approach is going to be   ‘youth spirited’ policy of the US. A more shared, peaceful and harmonious future of opportunities for all the stakeholders.

Young female leader, participant of Hillary’s  ‘Conversation with Bangladesh’  Sunera S Slavatore (http://www.facebook.com/suneras.salvatore) finds so-

“Just got back after meeting Hilary Clinton Can’t believe it!” — atInternational School Dhaka (ISD), Bashundhara.

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So, Hillary’s new bracelet  sets out the best wished journey for the future of the youth.      

 #Photo Credit: http://www.facebook.com/bangladesh.usembassy and concern group pages. 

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Luminous Dance Dances in Young Heart

Stepping out from the cloud, she smiles. The beaming beauty shines something splendid, something so special. She walks carrying the magnificence of an elegant dance, so spectacular and so much unattended by rest of the world.  Suchi Smita Mahato, a young lady from Jharkhand, India; is striving for revitalizing legacy of an ancient cultural heritage, the Chhau Dance.  

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The dance form is originated from some tribal communities of Orissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal  of India.  Not only as part of their religious ritual, the dance echoes their life, passion, bondage and longing for perfection. The colors, ornaments, design and décor of the dance from is spectacularly singular in the cultural inheritance of India.

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But the bravura is losing its originality as Suchi quotes

Chhau is fading away not in its entirety but its quality. There are not enough infrastructures in the region and it leads to a lot of dancers migrating to different regions for work. There are not enough formal dance academies where pupils can learn the dance form teachers who have wholly dedicated themselves”.  

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After Graduation at Colorado College

Having the linked roots with the art as she is from the tribe, Suchi leaves India with higher vision to complete undergrad from Colorado College (http://www.coloradocollege.edu/).   Her deep passion coupled with the inspiration from her parents for keeping the heritage live. She travels different places of the world, understands the dynamism of cultural root and reflects them into daily lives. She dedicates herself to bring back the plethora of originality of the art. She reflects-

 “My travel globally especially in the West has helped me realized the cultural wealth hidden in the Eastern Region of India and the depth to which the performing arts is tied directly to the history of the region through the lyrics in the music of Chhau. Lack of infrastructure and funds, corruption, suffering of these simple and highly talented individuals, understanding of the region and the people, a personal affection for the performing arts is a further motivation to move forward with this vision”.  

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At Mosaic 2011

Recently Suchi has left her job in bid to pursue a writing series about the artists involved in Chhau with respect to their lives, their tradition, their knowledge of the art and their future plans along with their opinion on what needs to be done for the proper revival of the dance form to attain a higher glory in India and abroad. And she believes she can!  

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Suchi at the first South Asian Youth Leaders’ Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh 

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Youths twinkle new hopes for Bangladesh- Journey starts from within

Coming from different backgrounds, experience on leadership in different scales, learning from global perspectives and from the celebrated icons who are striving for the country literally alone, making networks among the future leaders, challenging the life map and accelerating strides for dreams and hopes! All these encompass in one basket and that is BYLC summit 2012. It is the most innovative youth leadership summit in Bangladesh since no organization has come forward with such start to give hope to the youth community, the most frustrated and most aspirant for ‘doing something great for the country’.

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Hundreds of dreams in frame

Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center BYLC, a Harvard innovated idea, gives the opportunity to the youngsters of the country. For three days they have explored new scopes of leadership challenges, potentials, opportunities, embattled with their previous experiences and formulated the motivation for driving together, if not, only alone. The summit reaches the optimum diversity in terms of participation from different classes, backgrounds, education level, working areas and potentials. So the ideas, change makers and path creators have mingled with desire to drive towards new and unexplored chances for a country of 160 million people. Though the scale seems pretty little but it makes the beginning of the beginning as all the speakers of the summit acknowledged ‘we see the future in you, among you and upon you- the youth’.

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Founder and President of BYLC Ejaj Ahmed and Keynote Speaker of the Summit Marty Linsky, Co-Founder and Principal; Cambridge Leadership Associates

The BYLC summit ranges the sessions on the most contemporary and relevant issues of the time. However, it is has been excellently promising since the best hands carried the two- way and engaging discussions and brainstorming sessions with the youth leaders.

On 26th April, 2012 the summit started at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center, Dhaka without much notice from the mainstream media and excessive coverage though the future leaders gathered there. The inaugural gave the widely expanded hands of Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed, who has been one of the most cherished icons among the youth. He ignited the youth to nurture and go for dreams those are big like bigger than even thought.

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“A leader is a person who has the courage to revolt and go against odds. He must be different from all and choose to remain different. So have the courage to go beyond ordinary and be passionate about your cause. Be a true leader”

 

His sessions followed by journey of leadership by the Director of City Year Max Klau which rang bell of leadership in the hearts of the participating leaders. (http://southasianyouthnewsnetwork.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/max-klaus-discussion-rings-bell-amid-bangladeshi-youth-leaders/)

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Later in the three-day of immersion in the discussions ranging from career building to realizing the deepest dreams, the discussants put great foods for thoughts and exploration. The striking sessions on ‘Diagnosing and Mobilizing the System’, conducted by Joe Hsueh, Systems Dynamic Model, MIT Sloan School of Management;

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40 years of Bangladesh Economy: Achievements and Challenges, chaired by Debapriya Bhattcharya, Distinguished Fellow, Center for Policy Dialogue with co-panelists Fahmida Khatun, Head of Research, Center for Policy Dialogue, Nazneen Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies and Khondaker Golam Moazzem, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Policy Dialogue;

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Social Impact Markets: Fostering Collaboration Across Private, Public and Non-Profit Sectors; chaired by Syed Kaiser Kabir, Managing Director and CEO, Renata Limited with co-panelists Pradeep Shrivastava, Chief Marketing Officer, Robi Axiata Limited and Qahir Dhanani, Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group;

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Technology and Innovation: Transforming Our Thinking and Practices conducted by Munir Hasan, General Secretary, Bangladesh Mathematics Olympiad with co-panelists Pial Islam, Member, Governing Board, BYLC and Managing Partner, pi Strategy Consulting and Kamal Quadir, CEO, BKash Limited;

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“When you pair technology with a purpose, don’t focus on the technology. Focus on the social impact”-Munir Hasan, Secretary General, Bangladesh Math Olympiad 

Agriculture: The Need for a Paradigm Shift, Entrepreneurship: moderated by Shykh Seraj, Founder Director and Head of News, Channel I with co-panelists Niaz Rahim, Group Director, Rahimafrooz Limited, Selina Quader, Proprieter, Agroconcern and Wais Kabir, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council;

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What does it take to become a Successful Entrepreneur- chaired by former President of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry Annisul Huq with panelists Geeteara Safiya Choudhury, Chairman, Adcomm Ltd., A.K. Azad, President, The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and Salahuddin Kasem Khan, Managing Director, A.K. Khan & Company Ltd;

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“Once you’ve achieved from the society, you must give back to the society”- Salahuddin Kashem Khan

Social Media- moderated by Habibullah N. Karim, President & CEO, Technohaven Group; Shariful Islam, Founder, Bangladesh Brand Forum; and Nazim Farhan Choudhury, Managing Director, Adcomm Limited and Toufiq Rahim, Director,  Globesight;

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Yes, social media augments, assists, and enables us to reach a wider audience, but at the end of the day, it is the youth who make it powerful by utilizing it in the right way-  Taufiq Rahim

Good Governance- chaired by Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director, Transparency International Bangladesh with other panelists Manzoor Hasan, Chairperson, BYLC; Shaheen Anam, Executive Director, Manusher Jonno Foundation and Alexious Butler, Director, Office of Democracy and Governance, USAID;

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Women and Leadership-  chaired by Nasim Firdaus, Executive Director, Bangladesh Alliance for Women Leadership with panelists Hasina Newaz, Managing Director, Orchid Printers; Luna Shamsuddoha, Chairman, Dohatec New Media; and Saima Anwer, Deputy Country Representative, The Asia Foundation, Bangladesh;

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Climate Change and Renewable Energy- chaired by A. Atiq Rahman, Executive Director, Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies with panelists Munawar M. Moin, Managing Director, Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Limited; and Sarwat Chowdhury, Climate Change Specialist, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Bangladesh and Syeda Rezwana Hasan, Executive Director, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA);

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The only source of social renewable energy is the youth-  Syeda Rezwana Hasan

Education for Career- chaired by A.K. Azad Chowdhury,Chairman, University Grants Commission with panelists M. Omar Rahman Vice Chancellor, Independent University Bangladesh,  Rasheda K. Choudhury Executive Director, Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE)and  Kazi Anis Ahmed Director, Gemcon Group.

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“Don’t prepare for the future world, because one thing’s for sure, in future, the world will be what you didn’t expect it to be”. – M. Omar Rahman, Harvard Alumni  

The summit ended on 28th April at the Bashundhara Convention Centre in Dhaka with inspiring remarks from the U.S Ambassador to Dhaka Dan W. Mozena quoting “You are the leaders of today. You will build the Golden Bangladesh and America is your partner in this task”. The U.S. Embassy Dhaka was the title sponsor of the summit.

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The participants’ shared experience in their social networking groups showed how they have been touched with the splendid awakening like Rakib Rokon Shared

A moment can change the life”………….. I believe it. We want to be famous but we don’t like to go through the process. Let’s work hard and keep the confidence in your mind that you will be succeed. According to Munir Hasan “Lege Thako”.

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#Photo and data Credit: BYLC Official Facebook Page and U.S Embassy Dhaka, Official Facebook Page# 

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Max Klau’s discussion rings bell amid Bangladeshi youth leaders

The idea of journey of leadership of Dr. Max Klau, The Director of the City Year (www.cityyear.org) puts striking impressions on youth leaders of Bangladesh, a country of immense possibilities and confrontational politics. Presenting examples of youth leaders and the idea of knowledge based approach of leadership, Mr Max remarks  that a country could be changed towards positive direction if the most powerful force, the youth, start leading the society  with their ‘ crafted own leadership mission statements’.  A leadership mission statement is not mere saying or dreams rather it signifies works, the vision of changing the world with the passion, knowledge and skill, he reflects in his lecture.      

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He attends a three day youth leadership summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh; dated April 26-28.

Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) organizes the summit with the motto ‘Leading Bangladesh into the Future: A journey of Exploration’.  The BYLC (www.bylc.org) is the first leadership institute in Bangladesh of which idea was developed at the Harvard University.

Some 450 young leaders of Bangladesh, both students and young professionals, have participated at the leadership summit. The participants bear significant diversity as the leaders are mostly community leaders. The presence of female leaders was also remarkable.   Since Bangladesh has huge gap among the students for their medium of education, this summit minimizes the gap and brings the most brilliant pool of leaders of General medium education, English medium and Madrassa (religious) medium.  From a very tough competition among the youth leaders, a rigorous process of selection,  out of 2100 aspirants only 450 made their way to the ‘ journey of exploration’.

There is understandable scale of frustration among the youth leaders of Bangladesh since the rivalry and confrontational politics among the political parties have always forced democracy to stay behind instead of stepping ahead.  

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Mr Max clarifies in his speech on leadership that it is a journey and not a trip. A trip is associated with familiarity; a journey is stepping forward to the unknown, unexplored mystery and challenges, he adds. “It is a three stage cycle which starts with departure from the familiar circumference, experience the roads of trials, challenges and confrontations and finally returns with new skill, knowledge and wisdom”, said the Director of the one of most celebrated youth leadership institute of the U.S.A.   

In his explanation about psychology of moral development and practice of adaptive leadership which eventually transforms a person and brings systematic changes, Mr Max focuses on idealism. “I proudly say I am an idealist. Idealism is not hopeless dreams. It is the belief that we can change the world with the passion, knowledge and skill. It is changing the outer world which is translated into services to others. It is changing the inner world which is described into leadership development”, he further said. He also presents the model of idealism which involves ‘ Do, Know, Be and triumph Culture and Values’

Later the leadership guru showed how to make unique life map and craft own leadership mission statement. The enthusiastic participants crafted their statements and made a peer review. Then Mr Max Klau’s question to the participants was “what will be the result if all the youth people of Bangladesh make their well-crafted mission statement?”

The marble hall of Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) echoed with ‘huge, ground breaking and magnificent’.

He ended with his personal mission statement for supporting an ‘interdependent world’.

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Founder and President of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center Mr Ejaj Ahmed thanked the youth leaders and the leadership guru.

# Photo Credit: BYLC official facebook page

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Click to make academic papers publish!

SAYNN: 24 April, 2012

Hard it was for him to manage all the stuffs handy but he has made ways. Now he has the publication from an accepted and authoritative publication citizen. All it will support is his way for tapping the seat in a top academic institute, mostly of North American, on one of the hot topics- cross cultural religious studies.

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Major in world religion studies, Abdulllah Al Masud has completed graduation from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. His academic area has been one of the most critical issues but least addressed for all the time in the aspects of research and discourse. Culture and belief are in such an interrelated network that would always entice the human intellect on the questions of being and to be in the hereafter. Masud reflects his discussion from so singular perspective of Abrahamic faith, a way of connecting the routes of universal humanism on faith based framework.

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In fact the scholarly work achieves the momentum with the support from Lambert Academic Publishing. Putting some conditions and well sketched agreement module on publishing the academic works, the Lambert could be attributed a great aide for the novice researchers. The best details of it could be referred to https://www.lap-publishing.com/

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Different admission statistics reveal many a number of South Asian youth miss the chances of higher studies in the top schools for want of published paper works. Masud from Bangladesh breaks barrier and puts the right click.

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Teenage leaders explore peace, South Asian youth to make ways in Texas

SAYNN- 13 April, 2012:

They have served thousands plus people. They have united the young hearts and every day they are continuing deeply passionate efforts to champion peace. They believe in healing, compassionate giving and resonating the spirit of humanity among all the people. On 12th August 19th August a new group will be meeting in Texas, USA with a vision to spread hopes among many.

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Photo Credit- Amalafoundation

The global peace youth summit brings the youth ranging from 13-18. As the summit web page read-

“…will unite American, refugee, immigrant and international youth for an eight day youth summit, devoted to heart-centered dialogue… Bringing together 70 youth from 25 countries, the Summit is a sustainable peace movement where cultural, religious and personal differences are respected and celebrated and our humanity is acknowledged as the thread that unites us all.”

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South Asia has participation in the process yet the number is not much great enough. Young people from Nepal, India and Bhutan have participated in the program but other SAARC member countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are yet to mingle in the world great youth pool.

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The foundation is now accepting application and courageous youth people can find the application link to http://www.amalafoundation.org/projects/global-youth-peace-summit/gyps-enrollment-open/.  The chance for participating in the once in a lifetime opportunity or to be a peace ambassador is not only limited to the 13-18, it also counts other aged as a volunteer or youth leader. 

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