Youth encouraged to share their thoughts on social cohesion

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The essay assessment team from Sri Sarada Devi Ashram Durban in readiness to evaluate all entries. Seen are Mrs B Gungadeen, Mrs A Sarju, Mrs R Haribhai, Mr P N Haribhai, Mr A Sanichur and Mr DR Hansjee.

The time has arrived! Youth of South Africa- lift your pens and let’s hear your thoughts and views on social cohesion and the nation building project in South Africa.
The Chicago 125 Conference Committee on Friday launched the first national essay writing competition of its kind in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture KZN, the Billy Nair Education Desk and the Sri Sarada Devi Ashram.
South Africans are encouraged to log into to register for the conference and gather more information for the essay competition.
September 11, 2018, marked the 125th anniversary of the Chicago addresses presented by Swami Vivekananda at the parliament of World Religions in Chicago 1893.
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Through the messages delivered By Swami Vivekananda at the World Parliament of Religions many came to see and understand that the Hindu Dharma is not constricted, narrow, restrictive and directed to any race, gender or nation.
Heading the essay writing project, Dr RT Govender from the Department of Arts and Culture in KZN, was optimistic of the thoughts and ideas that would emanate from this project in keeping with the department’s mandate to promote social cohesion and moral regeneration.
His department will bind the winning essays into a book and make them available at libraries throughout our province.

“In keeping with the theme of our conference of continuing the dialogue we want to invite, welcome and encourage our primary and secondary school scholars of South Africa to read, research and write their perspectives of how they perceive South Africa going forward through the lens of the evergreen Chicago addresses that speak to brotherhood of humanity, peace, tolerance and universal acceptance,” said Henry Reddy, chair of the organising committee.
He added, “How can this message of Swami Vivekananda help mitigate our current challenges of global conflict, trade wars, climate change, poverty, underdevelopment and discrimination along racial, ethnic, gender and religious lines?”
The grand ideas and effort that emanate from the youngsters will be rewarded with valuable incentives and schools with the most entries also benefitting with a cash prize of R5, 000.
The winners in each category will walk away with laptops and the runners up will receive tablets. All information pertaining to the conference and essay competition can be found on the website For more information, contact Henry Reddy on 082-485-9342.


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