Nationalism, History, and Culture Take Centre Stage at the Young Leaders Conference

The 19th Young Leaders Conference running in full swing at the Dreamworld resort in Karachi had special take away for the youngsters from its second day. Shireen Naqvi, Founder of SoL & YLC was the day champ for this day.

The day’s theme, revolving around History, Culture, and Narratives shed light on what is the ideology behind Jinnah’s Pakistan.

The day began with the mandatory SOPs check that has been significant at this year’s YLC. The second day was dedicated to taking a stroll down the memory lane of Pakistan, for in order to appreciate the present it is important to have an understanding of the past. Various activities, lectures, and workshops were arranged on the importance of arts, culture, and literature, and to allow a deeper understanding of Pakistan’s 73 years and evolution in the past.

Due to the current situation, few speakers were not able to come to the conference physically but that didn’t stop them from joining YLC. This year, YLC had 3 zoom sessions with MR. Javed Jabbar, Raza Rumi, and Dr. Arfa Syeda Zehra. The participants were equally involved these sessions same as they were in the physical sessions. The spirit, the energy and the madness of YLC can never die, no matter what the circumstances are.

Aamina Sayyid conducted a beautiful session on the importance of Literature to interpret the power and impact of word, art and culture.

The day also had an alluring theatre play by Sheema Kirmani and group, the theatre was based on a short love story “Love, longing and Death” The performance was a combination of live music, dance, poetry and dialogue. Furthermore, Dr. Adil Omer had a conversation with the Participants on Stigmatization and Stereotyping that is associated with artists from all walks of life, how in the masses they are treated and called out as “Miraasi” hence the youth today needs to be told that beauty of this word and how this word shouldn’t be used as a stigma.

Waqar Ali, Master Trainer and CEO at SoL conducted a session on self-love, and how do we really know ourselves? The session helped the participants to get to know themselves better. Along the way, the session also helped the participants to discover why getting to know each aspect of yourself inside out is important.

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