The first zone meeting of the VIII Forum of Azerbaijani Youth on the subject "The heirs of the Republic - future of Azerbaijan" started in the Heydar Aliyev Center in Ganja on October 2. Minister of Youth and Sport Azad Rahimov, Deputy Minister of Education Firudin Gurbanov, chairman of the Union of Student Youth Organizations of Azerbaijan Shahin Ismayilov, member of Milli Majlis, state officials and about 300 active youth from 12 regions of the country participated in the event.
Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov said that the theme of the first meeting was the patriotism and civic education of Azerbaijani youth. Patriotism is the unity of the three key senses: the first is that it is a practical act, the belief in the roots, their commitment, the second, respect and love for the people, the conscience and the courage for their protection, and the third is practical act. Later, the minister spoke about the projects implemented by the Ministry in the field of patriotism in different years.
Then the head of Ganja City Executive Power Niyazi Bayramov greeted young people and conveyed their greetings to the forum participants. It was noted that thanks to the attention and care of the Head of State and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva, our country has become one of the world's leading sporting countries. The head of the executive branch wished the young people success in the preservation and development of traditions of statehood, saying that raising the patriotic spirit in contemporary youth is an important factor.
Chairman of the Student Youth Organizations' Union of Azerbaijan Shahin Ismayilov spoke about state youth policy, wide opportunities created by the state for young people, saying that youth policy is always an important component of state policy and noted the achievements of Azerbaijani youth in recent years.
After the official part, Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov, Deputy Education Minister Firudin Gurbanov, Chairman of the Union of Student Youth Organizations of Azerbaijan Shahin Ismayilov, other state officials and public representatives got acquainted with the exhibition organized in Ganja State Philharmonic. At the fair held at the Philharmonic foyer, student youth organizations of higher and secondary special educational institutions operating in the city demonstrated their achievements.