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news | 6 July 2022

Young Leader’s combat poverty in week 1

No poverty of ideas during Week 1 at Wadham College

It’s been said that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.

In this spirit, after being introduced to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and learning about some global and local initiatives aimed at eliminating poverty (SDG Goal 1), Young Leaders worked on different projects to help achieve the same aim in various parts of the world.

Inspired by the Emily Luo’s keynote speech on how to channel pain into strength and empowered by their newly acquired knowledge on public speaking techniques, at the end of the week the students gave everyone the chance to see the fruits of their labour. Having been assigned individual project roles and collaborating on all tasks throughout the week, they delivered well-researched presentations and displayed leadership qualities such as assertiveness, creativity and grace under pressure.

Leadership, however, is not learnt solely from a textbook but through experience as well. What better teacher than travel then?

On their second day at Wadham College, the students strolled around Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, literally following into the footsteps of the likes of Albert Einstein, Margaret Thatcher and J.R.R. Tolkien. Another trip involved a King’s College tour in Cambridge, which also has a long history of intellectual, artistic and social innovation.

When non-intellectually occupied, the students lived up to the ‘A sound mind is a sound body’ ideal of versatility, playing badminton and learning practical skills such as crocheting and making a poster.

Still, one can’t really expect Young Leaders to shy away from any challenge that comes their way. So naturally, they combined physical activity with lateral thinking to deal with brain teasers in a Scavenger Hunt and put their general knowledge to good use on Pub Quiz night.

All in all, a very rich week indeed!