Meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama: "Education Matters"
14 June 2013
110 students and 8 teachers from Compass partner high schools had the opportunity of a lifetime on Thursday morning - to listen to His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak at a forum at the University of Sydney entitled "Education Matters".
Students from Bass High School, Fairfield High School, Kogarah High School, Liverpool Boys and Girls High Schools, Marrickville IEC and Sir Joseph Banks High School travelled to the Seymour Centre to hear His Holiness speak with his usual great humour on the purpose of education in creating meaningful lives.
As part of this unique student event, hosted by the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the University, each high school student was asked to submit a question in relation to the main topic of the forum. The Compass team then selected one question from over 100 entries.
Huda Kassim Mahmood of Bass High School won with the question:
"I wonder why education doesn't seem to matter to so many young people. Do you think people in poorer countries see education as survival and those in richer countries see it as just an obstacle to having fun?"
After a lively and interesting discussion, Huda was singled out by His Holiness at the end of the event for a handshake and brief conversation, an experience she described as "unforgettable".
John Ryan, teacher at Bass High School, said that "these events have a significant but difficult to measure benefit to students from our area who sometimes find it difficult to adequately feed their curiosity about the world beyond South West Sydney and High School."