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TCS Bhubaneswar Celebrated International Youth Day (IYD) By Plantation & Donating Plants to each home #TCSBhuabneswar #Odisha #Bhubaneswar  Article by Tarun Agarwal

Bhubaneswar : International Youth Day (IYD) is an awareness day designated by the United Nations (UN) for the purpose of drawing attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding the youth. The first IYD was observed on 12 August 2000. UN as a part of its resolution 54/120 endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth and declared this day as the International Youth Day.

The IYD theme for 2017 is “Youth Building Peace” which recognises the contributions of young people to prevent conflict, support inclusion, social justice and sustainable peace.

TCS-Bhubaneswar has been celebrating August as the Sadhana month and to symbolically link the spirit of both events visited the Bolagarh Govt. High School in Odisha.

We arrived at this serene destination of Kalanga village in Bolagarh around 70 KMS from Bhubaneswar on 12th August 2017. Our moto was to inspire each and every youth of the school towards contributing in a positive manner for their own upliftment and thus the society.

We were a group of 35 volunteers who arrived at the school in the morning. The communities living there relied mainly on agriculture and it was the paddy season of the year. We noticed many farmers toiling hard in the paddy fields all through our journey. The primary school has a strength of around 150 students. We were greeted by the Principal of the school on our arrival. He introduced us to the teachers and support staff. They had all gathered in the school auditorium where we addressed them briefing on the IYD and Social Culture of TATA.

This was followed by a host of events which was planned for the day. We had Song, Elocution, Dance, Games and Maths-on-the-run activities. Notably it was quite an eye-opener for us when the students reflected their minds during the elocution. One of the topics – “Individual Career Growth” had the message delivered loud and clear to provide support towards their aspirations. We all were enlightened for our duty towards the society for upbringing the future youth of the nation.

The dance was presented by multiple groups of both girls and boys. The theme was based on Independence Day. The tri-colour hoisted high and patriotic songs surely ignited the spirit in each one of us. To our surprise we were audience to an elegantly formed human pyramid as well. The perfection was commendable in all senses.

It was followed by plantation drive in the village. Along with the students we planted around 200 saplings. Truly heart warming to experience the enthusiasm in both students and the teachers. We also had the privilege of interacting with few of the locals in the village. They shared their willingness to provide the best of education for the young and see them contribute towards a sustainable society.

We winded-up the day with a thank you note from the principal and some of our associates who addressed the students. We pledged our contribution in every possible way by providing guidance towards their aspiration. It was certainly an instant connect and each one of us could feel it as we departed from the school.

Special mention for Atulya who has taken all effort to organise the event. Each and every volunteer on this day has surely served the meaning of International Youth Day in its completeness. One of the key intentions to have chosen this school far from the city of Bhubaneswar was to reach the underprivileged. Schools in the city do get the required attention but places like Bolagarh are cut-off and deprived. We were fortunate enough to have reached here and do our bit.

Further we look forward to celebrate the Independence Day in the school and felicitate the students for all the events they performed on IYD.

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