The youth play an essential role in contributing to the welfare of society. Their energy, perspectives, innovative ideas, and beliefs act as rays of hope for a better tomorrow. However, somewhere in trying to build a promising future, the youth get distracted and sidetracked by the hurdles and manipulations of life. The problem lies in the lack of awareness and trying to figure out where to initially start from. In order to resolve such issues, the National Youth Assembly was established.
National Youth Assembly (NYA) is an initiative taken by Volunteer for Bangladesh (VBD), the youth wing of JAAGO Foundation. The basis of this platform is to acknowledge them with leading opportunities, building up their self-esteem, to help them gain the confidence to make full use of their potential. Moreover, the youth need to be prepared for any inconvenience they face along with their career and should be able to take control of the situation. The vision of NYA first took place in 2017 and it has been a success story ever since. It is a four-day-long residential program where youth from all over Bangladesh attend the event and take inspiration from noble personalities who share their views and advise the young minds with tips and tricks of making a big impact in this world. NYA usually aims to enlighten the youth with interactive sessions including career-building opportunities, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and much more.
In March of 2019, the third edition of NYA was held at Cox’s Bazar. The theme of that year was, “Empowering Youth for National Development’’, which gave importance to strengthening and briefing the youth about the various opportunities and making them aware of current world problems and how they can be effective in helping solve those issues. People from different professions, policymakers, and supreme personalities came under one roof to share their experiences and expertise and the youth learned from them through structured debates, skill-building workshops and brainstorming challenges.
Day 1 of the event was inaugurated by the founder of JAAGO Foundation, Korvi Rakshand who briefed the participants about what the four-day event will be about, an idea about the speakers and the activities involved in it. He also mentioned that the youth can share their views on the issues they feel needs to be addressed and the changes they want to see from the government.
Powerful speeches were given by VBD President- Ashikur Rahaman and UK Deputy High Commissioner to Bangladesh- Kanbar Hossein Bor.