ANTIGONISH: It was an evening of learning about education and what it means to people.
Last week, StFX’s Schwartz auditorium played host to “Hope and Education: Four Perspectives on the Power and Potential of Education,” the first installment of the university’s X Talk series for 2018. The event heard speeches from four students Farhiyo Salah, Majd Al Zhouri, Kristian Rasenberg, and Tamara Cremo, and their perspectives on education and where it has taken them and where they hope to go.
Rasenberg, an aspiring teacher, spoke about his time already in the classroom, as well as the experiences he had as a student. Al Zhouri spoke about how education served as a beacon of hope when he lost so much during the Syrian civil war, while Salah spoke about how education helped protect her while living in a Kenyan refugee camp after leaving her native Somalia, and Cremo spoke about the culture shock she experienced at university after moving from a small community.
The StFX World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Society, StFX for SAFE, Class of 2018, and the StFX Students’ Union presented the event in part to raise awareness of the efforts by StFX WUSC and StFX for SAFE societies, and to raise awareness of the Class of 2018’s legacy bursary which was set up to create perpetual financial aid to students who came to Canada as refugees.
Isaac MacMullin, president of the StFX WUSC society, said the event provided students the opportunity to express themselves. Elizabeth Wallace, with StFX for Safe, said it’s important to hear perspectives of different students from different backgrounds as a means of engaging other students who may not have shared such experiences.
“It sheds a new light,” said Alex Corrigan, co president of StFX Class of 2018. “It offers new perspectives on the value and importance of education. When you see the incredible importance of it and some different perspectives, I think it’s going to reinvigorate my excitement to be back and the value I think we all can and should place on education.”