Ariel Chen on Hussein Janmohamed at the IB World Student Conference

The opening ceremony then commenced – one of the most extraordinary opening ceremonies I’ve been to, but no doubt, one of the best. After a few introductions and speeches from important people and the organizers of the IBWSC, Hussein Janmohamed took the stage.

Three words – he was phenomenal.

Hussein Janmohamed -The IB World Student Conference - UBCExpecting a speech, he surprised me by starting to sing. I was deeply amazed and engrossed in his deep, strong voice and to my surprise, the lyrics sounded familiar.

They were verses from the Quran. I know, for I caught a few words from the hymn and they were similar to those uttered in prayers by the Islamic community in my country.

Hussein was a choral conductor at UBC. He related the concept of sustainability, peace and harmony through his forte, music. It was no where near an attempt – it was pure success.

Even if you have a small voice, when you sing with others, your voice is amplified.'”

– Hussein Janmohamed

I thought, this draws parallel to our attempts on promoting the concept of sustainability. We might be small, or young, or seemingly insignificant – but if we stand together, like how we are now in this conference, despite being of different culture and heritage, we are able to create huge impacts to save our future.

Via Ariel Chen | The IB World Student Conference @ UBC, Vancouver, Canada: Day #1

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