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Young minds meet to change the world

“The politicians in my country are corrupt and the authorities who are supposed to take action against them are equally corrupt. How do you think I can change the mayhem?” asked Arizza Nowm, a 10th grader from Philippines, reports Joyeeta Ghosh.

delhi Updated: Nov 12, 2009 01:17 IST
Joyeeta Ghosh

“The politicians in my country are corrupt and the authorities who are supposed to take action against them are equally corrupt. How do you think I can change the mayhem?” asked Arizza Nowm, a 10th grader from Philippines.

She put this question to LK Advani, leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, who presided over a session at the ongoing Community Development and Leadership Summit on Wednesday.

About 73 students from 11 countries are taking part in the summit, organised by Modern School, Barakhamba. The meet, which began on November 7, will promote leadership, cultural exchanges between participating countries, social responsibility and international brotherhood.

Advani asked the students to take charge and help build a better world.

Matthew Disler,
Xth grade, Collegiate School,
Richmond, USA

It was a complete culture shock for me. On our trip to Agra, the one thing that struck me most were the cows on the street and the poverty. But every country has its share of problems. The overall experience has been great and I even tattooed my hands with henna. I think culturally it is a very strong and vibrant country.

The experience has been doubly enriching since I have made some very good friends from various countries at this summit and it has opened up my mind about various issues and cultures I was totally unaware of before.


Anastasia Kharosovska
IXth grade, Kyiv International,
Kyiv, Ukraine

I think one of the important issues being discussed is how to maintain the dignity of our nations. When I was nine, I wanted to be the president of Ukraine. If you are thinking that I aspire to have fame, name and money associated with such a post, then you are wrong. What I desire is the power that comes with this office. This power will help me change not only the condition in my country but the world at large. I wish my country was like India, people here are so united and warm in spite of such diversity.

Nadzira Mohammed Azizan
XIth grade, Malay College Kuala Kangsar,
Perak, Malaysia

According to me the way a hijab (veil)-wearing Muslim is looked at, has to change. Last year, I went to visit a Western country. While shopping, when I tried to bargain for memorabilia, the shopkeeper wouldn’t budge. Just then, an Australian came and bargained for the same product and bought it much cheaper. As I was walked back to my hotel, it struck me it was because I was wearing a hijab. Whenever I have travelled to any western country I have been looked at with suspicion and some amount of hatred. Not all Muslims are terrorists.