‘Go RURBAN’ youth camp starts today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Dec 2017 12:00:25


Staff Reporter,

In today’s world where there is a huge difference between Urban and Rural societies, ‘Go RURBAN’ aims to bridge the gap between these two lifestyles. The aim of this camp is to strengthen the roots by exploring more about village.

Around 90 participants from 12 different states applied for this camp out of which 22 participants from nine different states were selected. ‘Go RURBAN’ is also a medium where youth can learn about peace and non violence through self exploring and learning from the surroundings, which is usually avoided in our far based education system. This camp is also a start for all the participants for volunteering at least for 2.5 hours a week for the ‘Go RURBAN’ concept itself. This camp will be held at Basant Guwan village of Tikamgarh district, Bundelkhand Madhya Pradesh from December 30 to January 4th, 2018. It is organised by the collaboration of Ekta Parishad and Ansh Happiness Society.

Ekta Parishad has been working for last 27 years for the rights on livelihood and land of marginalized and indigenous communities. Ansh is a youth based organisation, which works for youth development through volunteerism.This collaboration is based on the strong rural base of Ekta Parishad and Urban participation of Ansh Happiness Society. This youth camp will start on December 30 and will conclude on January 4, 2018.

Main objective of the camp is to connect rural and urban youth and to imbibe rural values among youngsters. Area of workshop will be at Bundelkhand region, Tikamgarh. The group when will visit the village will be able to understand rural people, explore their tradition and will learn about their hardships. It has to be mentioned that the youth camp will also try to highlight various issues of Bundelkhand region including water crisis. In a press conference at Gandhi Bhavan organisers of the youth camp said that the objective to know about the life in rural environment and basic idea is to explore the shortcomings and highlights of both urban and rural lifestyle.

Last time, it was a five-day trip wherein 20 youngsters got chance to have a close look at the lifestyle of villagers living at Bhimkothi. The camp was concluded on May 30. Go Rurban social event was organised jointly by youth organisation Ansh Happiness Society and Ekta Parishad. The group was not only having participants from various districts of Madhya Pradesh but also from Gujrat, Bihar, Kerala, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

During the camp various guests including Gandhian Leader and Peace Activist Rajagopal P V, AGDP Anuradha Shankar Singh (IPS), Ransingh Parmar President Ekta Parishad visited and interacted with youngsters. The main reason why the Bhimkothi village was selected as because it is a small village located in forest area. There is no road connectivity and even there is no mobile network. ‘Go Rurban’ term has been developed from two words (Rural + Urban).