Bhubaneswar, Aug 5
“How can more and more girls have access to secondary education in the state?” This was among the questions raised by young tribal boys and girls from Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar during a live video chat with the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, on the the occasion of International Youth Day today.
The boys and girls also raised several other issues relating to the education of the girl child to the UN Secretary-General and a team of panelists consisting of heads of UN entities.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) facilitated the live discussions between 25 tribal students of KISS and the UN Secretary-General and heads of UN entities. UNFPA is partnering KISS for promoting life skills based sexual and reproductive health for adolescents in Odisha. Three students Bahelin Minz, Haraprasad Heproka and Nanda Kishore Patra of KISS discussed life skill based sexuality education and education of tribal girl children at the higher secondary level.
In the live discussion through a video conference, about 125 young people from five schools – one each from Asia, Africa, Middle-east, Latin America and Europe – were connected to the UN Headquarters at New York. KISS was selected to represent Asia continent. Several issues and concerns around education, health, governance, livelihood, employment and science were raised by youth from around the world during the discussions held today.
Among others Dr. Deepa Prasad, State Programme Officer, UNFPA, Odisha; Dr. Prasant Ku. Routray, CEO, KISS and Dr. Sasmitarani Samanta, Registrar, KIIT University were present on the occasion.