Student changemakers discuss global issues

One of the keynote speakers at this years' GISS is author and activist Ishmael Beah, author of 'A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.' Photo: Daniel Hayduk

One of the keynote speakers at this years’ Global Issues Service Summit is author and activist Ishmael Beah, author of ‘A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.’  Photo: Daniel Hayduk

Hundreds of students from across the continent have gathered at the International School of Tanganyika (IST) this weekend with one goal in mind: change.

“Our theme is ‘Funguka’ — to open up, to stand up, to share,”  says IST student Fatma Dhanani.

“It’s a great way to meet new people and share ideas as young leaders, as students from around the world,” says Dhanani, who is in grade 12.

The annual Global Issues Service Summit (GISS) is put on by the Association of International Schools in Africa to encourage students to learn from and with delegates and changemakers from across the continent.

“Of course we can make a change as individuals, but to make a real impact you need more than one person, you need to work together. What I take away from GISS are the connections we establish across Africa and the sustainable solutions that the students, change makers and keynote speakers bring to the conference,” says grade 11 student Mubanga Peeperkorn.

Next year’s GISS summit will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Daniel Hayduk

Daniel is Dar Post’s news director. When not in the newsroom, he spends his days helping NGOs across the continent find their creative side.