Earlier this year our community’s High School linked students from all over
the world to try and resolve cultural differences. Although the project had
been already occurring in the past year, the program took a dramatic turn in
going from a small scale discussion in 4 schools around the world, to a one
hour, commercial-free broadcast in Boston, MA. The program involved taking
young high school students scattered around the globe to bring them together
for a couple of hours and try to understand their cultures in a more in depth
way. Students from Long Beach High School, 4 Bostonian Schools brought together
at Northwestern University and 2 schools from other continents; 1 school in
Egypt and another in Pakistan. After the students were brought together to
talk about music, fashion and other day to day topics such as sports and music,
they left with an experience that will most likely stay with them throughout
their entire lives.
However after only 2 months Pakistan was hit a devastating earthquake killing hundreds of thousands of people. One of which had participated in the earlier video-conference and once again a conference was to be set up and this time, all the American schools were to congregate in Boston to speak once again with those whose lives had been destroyed. The resulting one hour broadcast was an even greater than those of the original conference and all of the students that day felt as if they had done something to take a step further in promoting world peace.