At 9:30, 200 middle-school students heard a personal account
of the Bosnian War from Nadja Halilbegovich, a performing artist
known as Sarajevo’s “Anne Frank” for the diary she kept during
Halilbegovich belongs to the Canadian-based Free The Children,
an international organization that helps empower young people.
She was joined by two other facilitators of the tour, Embracing
the Cultures: Ed Gillis and Anitra Sumbry.
The rest of the morning was filled with hands-on workshops
led by elementary students international university students
and professional educators. Students learned how to become responsible
global citizens through water stewardship and recycling and
developing skills to address social injustices. In the afternoon,
200 highschool students attended workshops on service learning
and global civic action.
From 7-9 p.m. the whole community was invited to participate
in a program celebrating the 57th anniversary of the founding
of the United Nations. Halilbegovich, Gillis, and Sumbry were
featured speakers, followed by questions from the audience.
Co-sponsors of the event included: the East-West Center, Hanahauoli
School, Students in Free Enterprise at Hawai‘i Pacific University,
Kuhio Elementary, Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, Punahou
School, State Department of Education, UN Association-USA/Hawai‘i
Division, UN Club at University of Hawai‘i-Manoa, UH Globalization
Research Center, and Youth Service Hawai‘i.