Celebrating Regional Talent: Integral University's Regional Youth Festival


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The 7th Youth Against Leprosy- Youth Festival was organised at Integral University, Lucknow from 7th to 10th February 2020. The finale of the event was held at Central Auditorium, Integral University on 10th February 2020.

Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation in association with The Faculty of Law, Integral University, Lucknow, under the Legal Aid clinic banner for the sensitization towards the Leprosy disease and the laws related to it, organized a regional youth festival, on the topic Youth Against Leprosy, at the Central Auditorium of Integral University, Lucknow.

The Committee for Legal Aid gratuitously welcomed Mr. Aftab Pasha to introduce the objectives of the Sasakawa India Leprosy foundation before the students and the faculty of law in the Seminar Hall, II floor, Faculty of Law, on 5th of February 2020.

The Committee for Legal Aid of the Faculty of Law has been continuously working diligently to raise legal awareness surrounding the issues relevant to the society; the aforesaid association with the foundation is a step in the right direction.

The Sasakawa - India Leprosy Foundation's goalsare to increase social acceptance of the people whose lives have been negatively impacted by leprosydisease and their families; through the dissemination of scientific and legal information, and to create conditions that will enable them to have equal access to economic opportunities and legal recourse.

The faculty of law along with its students have extended their full support to the cause of theSasakawa India Leprosy Foundation by helping them organize the afore mentioned festival with ease. The event was grand was concluded as being immensely successful.

The program was drafted for young generation who fall in the age group of 16 to 25 years.The event’s aim was to raise awareness concerning leprosy disease, along with boosting theself-confidence and inspirational levels of each person who takes part in the workshops during the event and to leave them feeling that they have achieved and learnt something new. This was done by delivering enjoyable and engaging creative activities and indulging in competition by performing them for winning titles.

Thelack of information in Indiasurroundingleprosybeinga non-contagious, non-hereditary and fully curable disease. This lack of scientific information perpetuates the fear and stigma against leprosy leading to discrimination and ostracization of not only the people affected and cured of the disease but also of their families and children who are not affected. To ensure that people affected by leprosy are not denied their basic human rights, spreading awareness in different sections of society is essential.

Youth are effective harbingers of change in social attitudes and behaviours, not only as future leaders of the country but also as public awareness campaigns.We believe that each child has the potential of becoming a brand ambassador for removal of stigma against leprosy forever and formation of a more inclusive society.