PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government is holding the country’s biggest youth carnival during the current fiscal year (FY) to showcase the talent of youth.
Senior Minister Atif Khan said this while chairing a meeting to finalise the arrangements for the carnival. He said that the funds allocated and approved for the carnival have been enhanced from Rs65 million to Rs80 million.
The meeting also approved an extension of youth centres to 25 districts of the province and set the deadline of June 2019 for the completion of the centres.
The minister warned that no lethargy would be tolerated in the execution of the project and said that he would inaugurate the centres by the stipulated time.
The meeting approved Youth Welfare Endowment Fund Act and Youth Property Management Act besides issuing directives for activating youth hostels in Chitral, Naran and Peshawar.
So far the provincial government has held the event thrice in 2013, 2015 and 2016 very successfully, and is now mulling to expend the carnival horizon from the regional to provincial level and then to the national level by increasing the scope of competitions areas.
The aim of the event is to assess and promote the hidden potentials of the youth as per the contemporary needs, strengthen the unique and competent skills of the national youth by creating a learning and competitive environment enabling them to cultivate their career and success.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that the provincial government wants to establish a link between the youth of KP and the youth of the rest of the country for peacebuilding and youth development.
It also provides opportunities to develop brotherhood and exchange of culture and above all help to establish coherence among youth.
He said that certainly, youth are the future builders of the nation and such events should pave the way for future youth programmes through building coordination and lesson learning.
In the previous events the youth competed in the events, including dramatics, thematic art, painting, calligraphy, short films, Urdu singing, English singing, Pashto singing, cultural dance, music band, Qiraat, spelling bee, sell it, Na’at, English declamation, Urdu declamation, Urdu essay writing, Pashto essay writing, Bait Bazi, quiz competition, business plan, advertising, stand-up comedy, extraordinary/unique talent, console gaming, chess and spot photography.