On the occasion on AYUDH's 10th Anniversary in Europe, the European Parliament in Strasbourg (France) and AYUDH jointly organized a conference entitled "Strengthening Europe through Youth Empowerment".
The event engaged nearly 300 young participants from 23 countries. Inspired by the life and teachings of Amma, AYUDH has reached out to thousands of young people across Europe during the last ten years with its programs in intercultural exchange, voluntary service, sustainable development and leadership building.
The dignitaries who participated in the event included Frank Engel (MEP Luxembourg), Deirdre Clune (MEP Ireland), Miltiadis Kyrkos (MEP Greece) and Jani Toivola (MEP Finland) besides Martine Reicherts, European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship.
MAM Vice-Chairman Swami Amritaswarupananda, in his keynote address, emphasized on the importance to inculcate values in our educational system and ways of teaching.
The event concluded with Swami Amritaswarupananda and Ms. Reicherts taking questions from the youngsters. The focus was on different problems faced by youth in society today and their resolution.
Since 2007, AYUDH has been working closely with European Commission for Education and Culture under its ‘Youth in Action’ program. The Commission selected AYUDH as ‘Best Practice Project’ in 2009 for ‘Reaching New Heights’, a musical on the challenges of young people in today’s world and in 2013 for the project ‘Our World. Our Vision. Our Future’, which focused on non-formal education of school children on ecological sustainability.
The event at the EU Parliament in Strasbourg is a part of a week long youth summit on the topic ‘Awareness in Action’, held in M.A. Center Germany (Frankfurt) from July 13 to 20.