Rotary International District 3450 PEACE CAMP 2020-21
Article contributed by “Virtual Peace Camp” participants from Interact Club of Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School sponsored by Rotary Club of New Territories
Rotary International District 3450 organized the virtual PEACE CAMP on April 3-4,2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 128 participants came from all around the world joined the activities, including Hong Kong, Vietnam, South Korea, and Mongolia. The theme of the event is diversity and inclusion. During the activities, participants could not only enhance their relationship and exchange cultural but also learned how to trade-off when facing different opinions. Furthermore, the event invited minorities in various fields to share their feelings when facing unfair treatment and discrimination, therefore inspiring empathy among participants, helping them put themselves in and think about different people’s plight and tolerate others’ choices.
Finally, all participants expressed their gratitude to Rotary International District 3450 Peace Camp Organizing Committee for organizing this very meaningful event and would like to thank Rotary Club of New Territories for sponsoring students to participate in the Peace Camp and their support, including the arrangement by President Francis Chan of Rotary Club of New Territories for students to join the peace, President-elect Peter Lau, President-nominee Kitty Chan of Rotary Club of New Territories, Janice Wong of Rotaract Club of Chung Chi College, The CUHK and Cindy Ng of Rotaract Club of New Territories being facilitators to join the Peace Camp with the students. All participants looked forward to another chance to join a similar event to widen their international horizons.
Joining activity ‘Salem Witch Trials’
Using the drawing function in Zoom, a member draws a picture corresponding to the given words on the whiteboard, and then other members in the group guess the correct words through the hints given by the drawn picture.
Joining activity ‘Privilege Simulation’
Members are divided into several groups, and each group will be allocated a sum of money. During the game, a variety of simulated shopping methods are used to convey various economic difficulties and realities.
Through the questions made up of the five ‘Wh’ words, members are guided to reflect on themselves and thus to inspire diversified thinking.
Guest Speaker sharing
The organizer invited minorities in various fields as guests to share their thoughts and journeys with members.