ISLAMABAD: Young visitors capturing selfies with their friends and live art performances were a common sight at the corridors of Pak China Friendship Centre on the second day of the Express Education Expo 2016 which opened amid great enthusiasm and excitement on Thursday.
The second day of the Expo kicked off with a singing competition, followed by a lecture by a UNHCR worker, detailing its functions besides informing people how to apply and work for UNHCR.
A dance competition was also held in the first half of the day, featuring students from various universities who performed to different genres of music. It was interesting to see an education expo featuring a dance competition, eliciting great feedback in addition to enticing the youth.
Shahkar Ayub, a guitarist from Apcom University who performed with Uzma Akram, rendering a track called ‘Ae Mere Humsafar’ told The Express Tribune that the Expo was a great initiative because it helped the youth explore their talents.
“For us, this opportunity is special, because we get to perform live in front of such a wide and diverse audience and the sense of competition keeps us working hard.”
According to him, the Expo was providing a great service because “it is helping us realise that our passion for music has value”.
The singing competition featured students playing drums in addition to an interesting instrument, which appeared like a fusion of an electric drum and a piano.
Shehzad, who was playing this instrument, told The Express Tribune that it was an electric drum which blended techno beats with drumbeats, producing “interesting music”. Shehzad and his team are professionals from Rawalpindi.
The diversity of talent and skills seen in the singing competition pointed towards the immense potential of this country’s youth.
Mrs Asjad, who was attending the education Expo to support her child participating in a competition, told The Express Tribune that as a progressive parent, it “feels great to know that today’s youth want to explore their talents and diversity”.
“We are in that age where we need to recognize the importance of art, culture and unique career paths and not just the mainstream professions such as medicine and engineering. I feel that today’s parents really need to realise this and help their children find their true callings in life,” she said.
One of the final segments of the two-day education Expo was a fashion show where students from different universities walked the ramp, displaying diverse styles of clothing and apparel.
The education Expo was a great reminder of the cultural diversity and talent of the students in the twin cities.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 13th, 2016.