The theme of the conference was ‘Bring Your Difference’. The conference was attended by over 400 students from across the globe. They stayed with host families who had warmly welcomed them into their homes. This gave them an opportunity to get acquainted with the Canadian way of life.
At the conference, the students listened to inspiring speeches by eminent keynote speakers. Dr Wade Davis, a renowned anthropologist, stated his views on the world being one ‘Ethnosphere’ and expressed his concern on the loss of languages and cultural diversity. Dr Amal Elsana Alh’Jooj, who established the first female Bedouin organisation at the age of 17, shared her experience of gender discrimination and her struggle for women empowerment. The speeches generated intense discussions in the baraza sessions as delegates from different parts of the world expressed their views on the challenges facing the world.
As part of community service, the delegates volunteered at the Moission Montreal, the largest food bank in Montreal. The ‘Discovery Dash’ around old Montreal made the exploration of this Canadian City a memorable experience. On the fourth day of the conference, the delegates went to Jouvence, where they got to experience adventurous activities such as canoeing, kayaking, forest expeditions and other team building activities.
The students had the opportunity to meet HM King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. During the cultural programme, the delegates from different countries displayed their rich culture through dance, poetry, music and other unique visual presentations. The students from ISG presented a blend of Omani and Indian culture which was very well received.
After bidding adieu to their fellow delegates and their host families, the students proceeded on a tour of three major cities of Canada. At the historic Olympic Park and the Montmorency Falls in Montreal, the Parliament building and the Canadian History Museum in Ottawa, the CN Tower, Ripley’s aquarium and the Niagara Falls in Toronto, the students were left spellbound by the beauty and magnificence of the places they visited.
The Round Square conference and the tour of Canada was an enriching experience for the students.