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UNESCO MGIEP launched International Youth Campaign on Kindness

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The global launch of Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development's (MGIEP) campaign witnessed mass participation from youth in four countries - South Africa, India, and Mexico, where MGIEP's International Youth Campaign on Kindness for the (SDG) was simultaneously launched via a live link connecting the four nations.

In the true spirit of the campaign, the launch witnessed massive acts of kindness committed by youth for one or more of the

In India, South Africa, Pakistan, and Mexico, youth participated in activities ranging from blood donation camps, and mass cleanups and celebrated the power of acts of kindness.

In India, close to 242 units of blood were collected at the drive organised by MGIEP's campaign launch partner, the Indian Society in At the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, thousands of young school students were given a lesson in the especially SDG4 relating to education for peace and sustainable development. The demonstrated its commitment towards the campaign and kindness by organising multiple across 34 cities and two in serving a total of 21 thousand (Approx.) meals.

The witnessed youth and policymakers engage in a lively discussion on Education for Kindness in an age of Societal and Planetary Change. The official launch was initiated by Mr. Leon Prop, the of the of the in who spoke of the birth of the and its phenomenal contribution to society in times of need as the perfect example of the power of acts of Kindness.

"If you want to be a leader, be a bridge," he said, urging the young audience to come out of their comfort zones and actually act on their impulse to be kind.

This sentiment was echoed in the address by youth Dr. Neharika Yadav, who is India's first woman super biker and an for gender equality (SDG 5). Citing her own story of breaking boundaries and following her passion, she encourages the youth to take out even one second during the day to perform an act of kindness however simple it may be.

Highlighting the critical need for Kindness in the world today, Dr. Karan Singh, of said: "We are living in an ocean of violence and Kindness is the perfect antidote."

"Kindness is an essential necessary condition if we are to build peaceful and sustainable societies; solving our global challenges must come from our emotional brain and not just our intellect," said Dr. Anantha Duraiappah, Director,

In Cape Town, the launch took place at the iconic where made his first public speech after being freed in 1990. The event was attended by 700 plus youth; the launch was initiated by Ms. Ruchira Kamboj, for to and the of African Monitor, Ms. as well as the winner of the South African Idol. In Pakistan, the launch took place as part of the YESPeace Festival in

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First Published: Thu, October 04 2018. 21:30 IST