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Odisha boy addresses UN Youth Assembly

July 16, 2013 22:38 IST

A tribal student from Odisha left his folks proud after participating in the Malala Day United Nations Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Laxman Hembram represented India at the prestigious international event held on July 12 where altogether 120 youth leaders from as many countries participated in the event, said a release from Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences. He spoke on the topic of 'Education for All' at the Malala Day United Nations Youth Assembly, outlining quality education system and youth union.

Laxman discussed how to eradicate poverty through education. The release said the visit gave him an opportunity to learn about education systems of other countries.

Talking about his four-day visit, Laxman said he got a chance to talk with Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai and representatives of various other countries.

Laxman's participation in the meet is a matter of great pride for KISS, tribal community and Odisha, said founder of KISS and KIIT Achyut Samanta.

Image: A youth delegate attends Malala Yousafzai's first speech since the Taliban in Pakistan tried to kill her for advocating education for girls, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

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