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Getting political

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 May, 2009, 12:00am
 

Many teenagers do not pay much attention to politics and are not familiar with current affairs.

Their 'to-do' list includes shopping, playing computer games and chatting online.

They seldom read a newspaper to learn about what's happening around them.

The newly established Savantas Political Academy aims to encourage young people to take part in politics and help enhance their critical thinking skills.

I joined this programme for two weeks and gained a better understanding of eastern and western cultures.

The academy teaches ancient Chinese and western literature so that we can view issues from different perspectives. This encourages individual thinking and ensures we won't follow others blindly.

Linda Chan, Hang Seng School of Commerce

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Linda. It's sad to realise that most people are asleep when it comes to world affairs. As long as they can earn their money and pay the rent, dream of a better life, they don't really care what happens 'out there'.

In this world there are leaders and there are followers. If you are content to be a follower then hopefully if you do as you are told, your life will not be too bad. If you are a leader, however, you need critical thinking skills and the ability to form your own opinion. Judging by their letters, Young Post readers certainly want to be involved in their communities and the world as a whole.

Susan, Editor

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