The first edition of the Commonwealth Yuva Summit was held on the 17th March. Supported by the British Deputy High Commission, Oakridge International School, Newton Campus conducted this one-day event. The Summit saw participation from 13 schools in Hyderabad and students were part of 7 committees that discussed currents events in the Commonwealth countries.
The Summit was inaugurated by the British High Commissioner Mr. Andrew Fleming who spoke of the importance of participating in youth affairs and being the change in the country. He spoke of the Commonwealth as the change maker in the world and how important it was to be a part of the change.
Students discussed, debated and delivered solutions on varied topics such as “The role of Youth and Sports in Development and Peace, Discussing the threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction and mitigating its effects on the Commonwealth, The Issue of Violence against Women and Girls and Forging economic partnership through free and open trade within the Commonwealth” to name a few committee agendas.
The big lunch saw luminaries from different walks of life address the delegates. They spoke of the importance of being able to dream big, juggle fitness and academics. The students had many questions for the guest speakers and the session was well appreciated by all. Ms. Kavitha Kalavakuntala, MP Nizamabad was the Chief Guest for the closing ceremony. Who spoke of the importance of the younger generation in policymaking. She encouraged students to set aside electronic gadgets and be aware of their surroundings.
The one day summit saw students walk away with prizes for Honorable Mention, Best and Outstanding Delegate. The Principal, Director and the Senior Management team of the Oakridge International School supported the Organizing committee made up of students and the MUN advisor.