ISFiT: World’s Largest Student Festival on Social Issues

Published: November 17, 2014 2:26:27 PM

Our country is boiling over the issue of Black Money which has also become an important instrument for political parties to gain electoral benefits...

Different organisations use different ways to empower youth and fight social issues such as corruption. One of the leading forums in this sector is ISFiT. ISFiT is one of the organisations that use different ways to empower youth and fight social issues such as corruption.

Our country is boiling over the issue of Black Money which has also become an important instrument for political parties to gain electoral benefits.

Things got so bad that the Supreme Court had to guide the central government for handing over the names of foreign account holders.

Black Money is one of the darkest areas of corruption in our country. Corruption is a serious issue which affects each one of us in one form or another.

Be it the IPL scandal, Commonwealth Games scam, 2G spectrum scandal, land allotment allegations or the Adarsh housing society scam – cases are registered, hearings take place and final judgements take years. It is also a betrayal of the hard work of citizens. More than that, corruption also leads to serious human rights violations.

It would be better if this infection of corruption is cured at its conception only. Hence, it becomes important to be an informed citizen and know your rights and responsibilities. Different organisations use different ways to empower youth and fight social issues such as corruption. One of the leading forums in this sector is ISFiT.

ISFiT stands for International Student Festival in Trondheim, Norway. It is the world’s largest student festival attended by more than 450 students from all over the world. Each year, bright and active students from different countries, come together to discuss different social issues based on the themes selected for that year.

The non-profit festival was conceived in 1990 with an objective to be a meeting place for discussion and debate, an arena where ideas are born, friendships are made and valuable lessons are learned. Hence, it aims at nurturing motivation and cooperation amongst international students.

The theme for this year is “Corruption”, which will be addressed in different ways during the festival.

Previous guest speakers of the festival include world figures like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, former Director-General of WHO Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr José Ramos-Horta.

ISFiT is an international forum for unheard voices from different parts of the world and it believes in forming an international network of student leaders. To realize a successful festival, more than 400 students work voluntarily in Trondheim, Norway.

Student Peace Prize is awarded to a student or organisation that has made a significant contribution for promoting peace and securing human rights. Different workshops, involving 20-30 students from different countries, are organised on various themes.

The Festival also entails dialogue groups, an initiative to peace building in practice, which invites students from conflict areas around the world to share their experience through dialogue.

A Young India Fellow becomes ISFiT’s Ambassador

Gaurav Dhankar, a Young India Fellow, has been chosen as Indian ambassador for this festival. Gauravhails from a small village in Rajasthan. After completing his schooling from Rashtriya Military School,Belgaum, he joined Tata Institute of Social Sciences to study Social Work and Rural Development. Experiencing world class learning at Young India Fellowship, Gaurav believes that “education and youth development can change the face of rural India.” In the future, he wants to work with United Nations in the development sector.

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