GLOBAL STUDENT LEADERS SUMMIT – Day #7
Written by Student Edwin Iglesias
Today was a tiring yet surreal day in The Hague. The day’s keynote speakers were Dr. Arun Gandhi and Ndaba Mandela, grandsons of two of the most influential men in history. Gandhi and Mandela shared their experiences with human rights and gave tips on how to live life to the fullest by recognizing that all humans are inherently entitled to human rights. Ghandi spoke of anger and how it can be channeled for the greater good of human kind; Mandela spoke about fighting against HIV/AIDS and ending the discrimination and stigma associated with those carrying the virus. The audience responded well to Ghandi’s talk of anger and his powerful his message resonated with the students. Mandela came up with real comedic examples of how we should be living out life as the leaders of the next generation.
After their respective speeches, we reconvened in our groups and completed a reflection activity that brought us closer together and awakened our minds for the task ahead. We were then given the task of solving real world problems civilians face and thought of ways to solve them. The whole day wasn’t pure sweat and toil because we were given much needed breaks to relax and join one of the many joyful sessions hosted in different rooms.
Last, but not least, we had the fortune to witnessing a witty and ecstatic man by the name of Bright Omansa Richards. He is from Libya and shared with us the story of his inspiration to live his life through care and compassion. Bright was saved by a complete stranger from getting shot by a rebel. After his stunning story he let his companion play beautiful tunes on his accordion and his other companion played different types of guitars. The thing I loved best from Mr. Richards was his ability to get everyone on their feet dance and motivate.