On November 11, Grades 8-12 students, staff, enjoyed an inspirational and energizing presentation from activist, musician, and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal! In a special Remembrance Day instalment of the Speaker Series, Mr. Jal shared with students and staff the importance of education and the impact that knowledge and information have on peace, freedom, and problem-solving.
Mr. Jal told his story in three parts. First, he told the audience about the lowest point he had ever experienced in his life. Second was a collection of some of his happiest memories. Finally, Mr. Jal talked about some of the things he is doing in his life now – which include speaking, performing music, and of course working with his organization Gua Africa. It was a presentation full of audience participation – one which even included Emmanuel leading staff, students, and visitors through a lively on-stage dance!
At the conclusion of the presentation, members of the Grade 8 Initiative Club and HS Child Soldier Initiative presented Mr. Jal with a cheque for $10,000 for Gua Africa – which “promotes education in Africa through academic sponsorships to refugees who have survived war and genocide, construction of classrooms and the provision of resources such as books, pencils and teacher’s salaries that ensure schools remain open during times of emergency.”