The need to educate the younger generation on the ravages of war and providing them with a platform to voice out their views were the inspiration behind the ‘Coalition of Younger Generation – Say No to War’ international symposium. Held on 26 March this year, a group of 37 students from R.E.A.L Schools National, Shah Alam Campus had the rare opportunity to take part in the one-day symposium which was hosted by the Criminalise War Club (CWC) together with the Tun Suffian Foundation (TSF).
The Perdana Leadership Foundation Auditorium Hall at Precinct 8 in Putrajaya was the venue of the prestigious event, held to also commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb blast over Japan in August 1945. Distinguished guests included Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, former Malaysian Prime Minister and founder of the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalize War (KLFCW); his wife Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, founder of CWC and chairperson of the symposium; Japanese embassy officials, academicians as well as Malaysian and Japanese university students.
The main objective for our students’ involvement in this international event was to expose and educate them on the grave effects of war to society. In addition, it was a priceless opportunity for them to attend and experience being participants of an international ‘meeting of minds’ of such magnitude. Noteworthy mentions go out to the trio of Senior 5 students from R.E.A.L Schools National, Shah Alam Campus who was selected as among the youth panelists for the symposium:
- Adam Haikal bin Mohammed Hilmy
- Yap Ming Yao
- Kenneth Ong Ken Huey
As panelists, they had the privilege of sharing their viewpoints and sentiments on the topic of war. One R.E.A.L student participant summed up nicely when he said, “I think this event is good and necessary for listening to the stories of people from the past, so that the younger generation would not repeat the same mistakes when they take over to lead the country”.
To view videos which feature a speech by the R.E.A.L Schools panelists, please click here.