Peace Jam 2009, a path to enlightenment

Tenzin Yewong (Tibet, AC 07-09), Xavier Plamondon (Canada, AC 07-09), Jawad Masannat (Jordan, AC 08-10), Mina Moghadam (Norway, AC 08-10)

 

 

What could have been a better end to our project week than an opportunity like Peacejam?

Being with 300 students, mentors and teachers, gathered from all around the world with a common goal for a peaceful future was an overwhelming ride of experience.

 

As Dr. Shirin Ebadi (Nobel Peace Prize winner for 2003) rightly said, “An inspiration is like a light at the end of a dark hallway. It directs you, tells you where to go where you don’t know. It can be different than what we want”. The conference was graced by her words of wisdom as she guided us to the common cause. Her message was simple yet powerful: Equality of everyone irrespective of your gender. With the enthusiasm of young people just like us, we tried to “Be the change we want to see in the world”.

 

We were inspired and encouraged by her insights as she said, “God created us equal.  Even by sending different prophets he taught same Religion of faith.” On a question of how we can help others more effectively, she replied, “if you give a needy man a fish, you feed him for the day. If you teach him how to fish, then you feed him for a lifetime.” She sent a message of peace and understanding between different cultures by teaching each us how to think peacefully and humanely.

 

Throughout this conference we were split into family groups. Students and mentors of different ages gathered in circles where they chatted and played games that brought more love in the air. By the end of the second day, those family groups turned out to be a start of close families, making new good friendships between us students. “Write a letter instead of punching a face”.

 

We ended this project by having a ceremony of inspiration where many volunteered to share their personal source of inspiration. While some  talk about how peace comes from reality, others voiced their belief that people are born good and can do good in life. She planted the seeds of faith in our hearts carrying a message to the whole community around us to have the courage to do what’s right even though people around you may not be right.

 

Our ordinary March weekend became a great memory filled with not only education but experiences unique and overwhelming.

 

– United World College Student Magazine –

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