On February 6, 2014, BHS Student Civic members participated in Nassau County's Human Rights Awareness Day Conference at Adelphi University, sponsored by the NC Human Rights Commission.

Student Civic Executive Board members, Deena Hadhoud, Josett Bernberg and Firas Akbik presented three consecutive workshops dealing with the Global Days of Listening and connecting live via SKYPE with the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Afghanistan. Students from other high schools had an opportunity to understand more about issues of understanding among cultures by active listening and dialogue. The Afghan Peace Volunteers are a group of young people led by Dr. Hakim Young, an MD who had worked in the refugee camps on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He met young people who expressed a desire to live in peace and pursue a life of non-violence through education and self-determination. Dr. Hakim organized the youth into this group which actively studies the tenets of Mahatma Gandi and Dr. Martin Luther King jr. in the pursuit of non-violence in their lives. To their credit, the APV have established a school, teaching English for the members of the community and teaching street children how to read, as well as training for young women to learn the art of sewing which provides a livelihood for themselves and their families. The women make duvets which are handed out free as protection from the harshly cold Afghan winters.

Adelphi professors were impressed with the leadership our BHS students demonstrated. Our BHS Student Civic Executive Board has been invited to present the Global Days of Listening and the Afghan Peace Volunteers to Adelphi freshmen in the Sociology Department where a Peace and Justice Minor taught by Professor Bruce Castellano is gaining strength and much interest from students on campus. Congratulations to all for a great event this year!

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