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World School Forum 2008 – Italy

Posted by nkashokbharan on December 27, 2008

WSF’ 08!

What a wonderful experience it was! Still the feel is not dead… still the passion is not gone, Oh! What an experience was that!

[pic : the wsf’08]
World School Forum 2008 at Busto Arsizio, Italy! I was one of the 4 member delegates from Sri Lanka representating Royal College. There were totally 21 delegation groups from 21 schools in 21 different countries. It wasn’t actually like a conference but a REAL WORLD SCHOOL! – a school of students from all over the world.
The main topics for discussion & debates were
Food Miles
GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) &
Human Water Use.
Under the theme ‘Where We Stand Together’ the Forum started with joyful faces. It was really exciting to meet different people from different parts of the world, speaking different languages & with different traditions & culture, yet ‘We Stand Together’!!!
Though we discussed, analyzed and debated on very serious issues, there was no limit for fun also, all enjoyed for the maximum! We went on small trips, sight seeing, time spending, and even visited malls, enjoyed in pubs (oops! not liqour though….), went bowling, visited factories and even played a number of fun games. Seriously it was serious yet with fun!
[pic : joy filled faces]
In the start we had introduction presentations, those are to introduce our country and school, It was great I got to know a bit deeper & closer about various countries and culture.
[pic : at the intro presentation]
Then the exhibition stalls were also amazing, It was really a great experience, we shared something about our countries and schools in that exhibition.
[pic : at our exhibition stall]
Visiting the Mayor of Busto Arsizio was exciting, He was very friendly and funny, I never expected the mayor to be so friendly with everyone!
[pic : with the mayor]
The highlight of the forum is the 4 day home stay. Each of us stay in one of our host’s house. That was a great experience. Well my Host was the president of the student community of the Italian host school ITC Enrico Tosi. Gianluca – (my friend now!) he was my host, I stayed at his house, wow it was a great experience, because except for Gianluca, his elder brother Franceso and his girlfriend no one else in that house knows English, and my Italian was limited to few words like Ciao, Grazie, Prego, Scouza, Come stai?, bene, & molto bella. Anyways it was interesting, I managed with actions, signals, and at times with a smile! 🙂
Now the main part of the forum – the debates & discussion, It was exciting, I chose the topic ‘Human Water Use’ and for some good luck the Region of Lombardia (It is one of the states of Italy) Council chose our topic to be debated in the council room! Because they were also debating on the same issue in the council and they wanted to know different views. I was debating on Supporting Water Privatization! – and luckily or may be due to my Economical perspective debate the jury pannel which included the Chairman (Chief Minister) of Lombardia Region and some members of the council and a Director from the UN’s FAO appreciated my speech and gave an extra credit to that, for which I am always thankful to them.!
[pic : at the debate at the council room ]
But after the strong debates and discussions, what we understood is massive and hard to explain, because apart from the facts and points, what we have learnt is rather a feeling than theories. Theories are put up everywhere, but how many of us have the feel to implement them or atleast follow them? – this is the question arose in me after the debates, though I won the spell battle with logic and theories, what is the ultimate sollution available unless there is a practical action taken up?
It was exciting, and useful also, I was atleast enlightened about how the world is and where am I…. and also gave me the wisdom to think about the World before thinking about yourself.
It is an unforgetable experience. I would like to be there once again, but I know I will not have the same again. But what ever I have learnt from there is unforgetable for the whole of my life!
Atlast the final farewell dinner – a dinner with tears, because we didn’t move around with each other like delegates or representatives from different countries but we were like best friends and even more like a family! – The farewell was hard… too hard!
I think everyone should have such an experience in life – because ‘life is short – live it’!
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One Response to “World School Forum 2008 – Italy”

  1. sinthujan R said

    woooww….Ashok…nicely done.!!

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