Why capital students sent a positive message to the world

Internet culture, youth empowerment and Kanye West were just some of the topics on the schedule at a recent educational event in the capital led by students aiming to spread a message of positivity among their peers.

AD7A1623Tackling key challenges in today’s modern world, senior students at GEMS American Academy joined forces to host a TEDx Youth talk to a packed-out auditorium under the theme of ‘Start with a Yes’.

The popular talk series forms part of the larger TED initiative to ignite conversations and spread ideas on a global scale.

“Starting with a yes is about looking at the bigger picture,” explained 16-year-old Adam Binu, one of the event’s speakers. “When you say yes, you’re open to a lot more opportunities. If you don’t say yes, it’s like leaving the door shut without knowing what’s beyond it.”

The event’s young speakers hoped to raise awareness on everything from current events to reflections on an uncertain future and issues affecting youth today.

“There’s no hiding the fact that there are problems in our society, such as the wealth gap, poverty and racism,” reflected Ibraheem Uzbeck, aged 17. “If you ignore those problems, they will never be resolved, so building awareness at least will cause some change. Looking at all these problems in different directions is a great approach to get new perspectives on the matter.”

For student Hanna Butt, 15, her participation in the event has taught her that there are many conversations still to be had: “TEDx taught me that there’s a lot to be said and a lot to learn. You can’t ever just close off and say that’s enough – because it’s never enough.”

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