Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Niswarth Conference: Empowering Changemakers in Mumbai

This inaugural Niswarth conference engages students and teachers from Mumbai and America to discuss community service, leadership, and how young people can take initiatives to impact the development of a city. The featured speakers represent leadership from the Indian government, American government, a prominent education NGO, and a graduate student from the United States.  

Their remarks and ensuing discussions will focus on three central questions: 
  1. What are the main challenges Mumbai will confront in the next 20 years? 
  2. What roles do young people in Mumbai and from outside India play in the development of Mumbai? 
  3. How are young people empowered to be Changemakers?

Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker:
Sanjay Ubale, Minister for Urban Development, State of Maharashtra

Michael Newbill, Chief of Economic and Political Affairs, US Consulate in Mumbai
Shaheen Mistri, Founder and CEO of the Akanksha Foundation
Navroze Godrej, Special Projects, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. (PA ’01)
Emily Kumpel, graduate student at Berkley and volunteer for Haath Mein Sehat Project in Mumbai (PA ’02)

Participating schools and organizations include:
• Phillips Academy, Andover, MA USA
• Udayachal School, Vikhroli, Mumbai
• American School of Bombay
• Bombay International School
• Akanksha – Social Leadership Programme
• Save the Children India
• PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action & Research)
• Haath Mein Sehat, Mumbai
• Ashoka Youth Venture

American School of Bombay
July 1, 2008

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