Renowned humanitarian shares life experiences

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

WORLD renowned humanitarian Peter Dalglish yesterday gave a talk to senior students of Jerudong International School (JIS) as part of the school’s Peace Week observance.

Dalglish, a Canadian citizen, previously worked as the Head of Mission for the United Nations (UN) Habitat in Afghanistan, in addition to working for the UN in Liberia and Sudan.

He has also carried out earthquake recovery work in Nepal, following the 2015 Himalayan earthquake.

During his talk titled ‘Lessons Learned From the Front Lines’, Dalglish delivered anecdotes and experiences from his years of humanitarian work while shedding light on issues such as conflict-affected children, climate change, nuclear weapons and virus outbreaks.

“A man named Donald Trump wants to build a wall but the issues for your generation defy borders... they are transboundary issues that require an international coordinated approach,” he said.

Dalglish hoped the students who attended his talks would realise that they can make a difference in the world, even from a young age.

“You are people with good education, have the language skills and financial stability to make a difference.

“Find something that you like to do, and get good at it,” he told the students.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, 16-year-old JIS student James Wood said that Dalglish’s talk was “one of the most interesting lectures” he has attended.

“My aspiration at the moment is to become a doctor and after seeing and hearing what he has talked about such as the ‘Doctors Without Borders’ organisation, I think I’m going to do some research on that because it is really brilliant what they are doing,” Wood said.

Peace Week is celebrated annually at JIS, and this year’s theme is “Gender and Equality”, which was based on the UN’s fifth Sustainable Development Goal which is to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.

Peace Week continues today at JIS, with a variety of activities lined up in honour of the UN International Day of Peace.

The Brunei Times