Moulding global citizens at IRYLA

District 3131 hosted a ­three-day ­International RYLA in ­Panvel on the ­Pune-Mumbai ­highway. This dream project of DG Prashant Deshmukh was jointly hosted by RCs Pune East and Panvel with an objective to groom young, able ­leaders, foster ­goodwill and ­understanding and help the youth ­realise their ­potential.

The 232 ­participants came from 30 ­countries, including the ­African ­countries, Afghanistan,  ­Brazil, ­Bangladesh, Iraq, Yemen, Sri Lanka, ­Mauritius, Saudi Arabia and a few from the US and France. Also, the Rotaractors from Pune and Raigad formed a sizeable contingent.

Shaping a bright career

“The focus was on offering ­innovative skills to cover the syllabus through which noticeable ­leadership skills can be imbibed among the students. And this will go a long way in making their careers prospective and ­fruitful,” said Deshmukh. DGN Shailesh ­Palekar, IRYLA ­convener Manjoo Phadke, Youth ­Director Shital Shah and DRR Arjun Dev worked for this event.

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A section of foreign students at the International RYLA organised by D 3131 in Panvel.

Speakers from the ­corporate world and Rotary motivated the youngsters, said Pankaj Shah, ­District ­Secretary. An ­icebreaking session enabled students to bond with each other and share notes on ­current social issues. On day-two, four parallel sessions ­moderated by eminent persons on ­subjects like public speaking, the power of happy thoughts, effective ­communication, etc were organised.

PDG Mohan Palesha gave a peek into the world of Rotary to the young participants.

Giving thumbs up to the youth camp, the foreign ­students were happy to learn new ­concepts and modules in ­leadership skills. “I learnt to be a good leader, to coexist peacefully and work on myself to achieve my goals. Most ­importantly, this RYLA taught me the importance of  service to humanity,” said ­Rasheedah Adisa from ­Nigeria. For ­Rohullah Hassani from Afghanistan, it has been ‘the best workshop’ that he had ever participated. “I will try hard to put into practice the concepts taught at the sessions,” he said.

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