Large youth delegation to attend Madagascar Baha’i conference


Mr Charles addressing the youths in a preparatory meeting at the Bel Air Baha’i Centre on Saturday afternoon

Although the conference is being organised by the Universal House of Justice, the international governing body of the Baha’i faith, non Baha’is have also been invited to attend and a number of them form part of the Seychelles’ delegation.

Organisers have said that the aim is not to convert people to the Baha’I faith, but to help build a better world where we will all live more happily.
The conference is part of 114 other youth conferences of the same nature to be held around the world between July and October this year and its central theme will be ‘Youth participation in the betterment of society’.

During their stay in Madagascar, the 43 young Seychellois will have the opportunity to interact with their counterparts from Madagascar, Mauritius and Réunion on such topics as the characteristics inherent to the period of youth, the historical contribution of young people to the transformation of society, the responsibilities of the present generation of youth, the society building power of the Baha’i teachings, the importance of faith and tenacity to a life of service and the great responsibility facing young people to contribute to the betterment of society.

Upon their return to Seychelles, the conference delegates will translate the knowledge gained into action by teaching other youths and also engaging with elder people in voluntary services in their respective neighbourhoods and districts as well as at national level.

Addressing the youths in a preparatory meeting at the Bel Air Baha’i Centre on Saturday afternoon, one of the accompanying adults, Felix Charles, said that as the young generation, they are better placed to bring a positive change to the world.

“The youth is better placed to move the world. The conference you are going to attend will bring you together with other youths of the Indian Ocean for a better world. Through your good actions you can start moving Seychelles by working with elderly people to educate the rest of society and make Seychelles a better place, because you, the 15 to 30 year olds, represent the majority of our population. The destiny of humanity is in your hands and you now have the opportunity to contribute to change the human race. Civilization will change through your efforts,” was the message he delivered to them.

One of the missions assigned to the participating delegation is to contribute to change the persistent conditions giving rise to social ills and diseases, of which Seychelles is already a victim. On this note, the youth have committed themselves to show respect for each other, abstain from cigarette, drug and alcohol consumption as well as premarital sex.

The delegation, which is being led by young Regina Prosper, is due back on August 7.
Seychelles Nation expects to publish a detailed account of the conference and of the participation of our youths upon their return.