Seventeen Molokai students attended Global Vision Summit Molokai 2012 at Molokai High School on Jan. 20. The event was sponsored by the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) in collaboration with Molokai High School social studies teachers.
The students, from both Akaʻula School and Molokai High School, met for over three hours and worked together to understand issues of global importance.
The summit focused on water and investigated the global crisis in securing clean drinking water for the world’s growing population. Students role-played as community members from three diverse locales: the Dhaka slums in Bangladesh, a rural village in Barara, India, and a community in Vitilevu, Fiji. The simulation ignited student imaginations to propose solutions to address the critical health and sanitation issues that arise from a lack of water in these communities.
The summit, conducted by Natasha Shultz of PAAC, was a way to give Molokai students an opportunity to expand their participation in extra-curricular academic activities without traveling off island. Travel costs are a hardship for Molokai students that can preclude their participation in challenging academic pursuits that take place on Oahu. Natasha Shultz also shared information about student travel with PAAC this summer to Japan. PAAC has a limited number of travel scholarships for its two-week study abroad program. Molokai students are encouraged to apply.
Information on Japan travel can be found on the PAAC website,