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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2590

Ukraine Festival of Children calls for united effort for a better world

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi 22 September 2008,(Asian Tribune.com):Let's change the world for the better' was the theme of an unusual gathering of children from 47 countries including India at Artek on the southern Crimean Black Sea shore in Ukraine. The All-Ukrainian Charitable Fund of Hope and Good hosted the 20-day festival to promote the ideals of peace and non-violent behavior.

The emblem of festival is no less interesting – Seven palms of the rainbow colors arranged in a circle to symbolize the unity of cultures, equal rights for all people, the striving for openness, freedom, social development and peacemaking.

Says Kaumudi Sharma, who led her Delhi Public School (DPS) students, 'The Festival signals the development of children's diplomacy. It creates a multi-cultural environment, and enables children to communicate more and make friends worldwide'.

The setting chosen for the 'celebration' was International Children's Centre, which has carved out a niche as the biggest, finest and most famous children's camp in the world. Spread over 208 hectares among Bear Mountains and ruins of the ancient Genoese Fort, it comprises nine camps that can simultaneously accommodate about 4000 boys and girls.

Initially, the festival was conceived in 2001 as a forum for children of Black Sea countries. The first participants came from Russia, Bulgaria and Georgia besides the host Ukraine. The second festival in 2002 attracted children from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova and Turkey also. The number of participants gradually increased and now stands at 47 countries. India was invited for the first time this year. UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund, has recognized the Artek festival as 'an event of great cultural value' and 'integral to a peaceful future'.

Five students, Parteek Ghoshal, S Kavin, Amish Ralhan, Vanisha Sharma and Chhavi Mehta – all from DPS, RK Puram, Delhi, made the country proud by not only taking part in most camp activities but also winning awards in programmes like instrumental music, dance competition, and debates on peace besides 'song holiday'. Amish Ralhan won the award for producing a children magazine on the day-to-day happenings at the camp held from July 15 to Aug 4.

A highlight of the Ukraine Festival, according to Kaumudi Sharma, was pledge taken by children-participants to help in promoting world integration by 'forging good friendship and neighborship between countries'. They also issued an appeal to the leaders of their countries to change the world for the better.

In a statement, Government of Sri Lanka has condemned the terrorists bommbing at the Marriot Hotel in Islamabad.

The statement said, "People and the Government of Sri Lanka are extremely saddened to learn of the terrorist attack at the Hotel Marriot in Islamabad."

It pointed out "The Government of Sri Lanka unequivocally condemns this abominable act of terrorism that has claimed precious civilian life and injured scores of others as well as destroyed property in Islamabad.

"People and the Government share the grief of the Pakistan nation in this hour of acute pain and express sympathies to the families of those innocent people who have suffered as a result of this barbaric act.

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In a statement, Government of Sri Lanka has condemned the terrorists bommbing at the Marriot Hotel in Islamabad.

The statement said, "People and the Government of Sri Lanka are extremely saddened to learn of the terrorist attack at the Hotel Marriot in Islamabad."

It pointed out "The Government of Sri Lanka unequivocally condemns this abominable act of terrorism that has claimed precious civilian life and injured scores of others as well as destroyed property in Islamabad.

"People and the Government share the grief of the Pakistan nation in this hour of acute pain and express sympathies to the families of those innocent people who have suffered as a result of this barbaric act.

- Asian Tribune -

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