HK pupil attends youth summit
CECILIA Lin Su-mui of Hong Kong, an exchange student with the AFS Intercultural Exchanges, took part in the World Forum Youth Summit held recently in San Francisco.
The world forum, convened by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, brought together more than 350 world leaders who worked with the youth delegates in creating a vision for the future.
The summit was attended by Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas; former US President George Bush; former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
One of the responsibilities of the youth delegates was to design a service project for implementation in their home countries after the summit.
Cecilia, a one-year exchange student studying in Strongsville, Ohio, said: 'I was thrilled that I was chosen to represent Hong Kong at this prestigious event and I was glad to have the opportunity to share my experiences with the other students selected from 24 countries'.
AFS is the world's largest student exchange organisation and works on a non-profit basis out of 60 countries.
This year, there are 107 Hong Kong students studying in 18 countries under its exchange programmes and there are 24 overseas students studying here in Hong Kong.