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Their Singapore trip was a summit of work and fun

Meera Srinivasan

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Proud moment: (From left) Viswesh Narayanan, Barath Mahadevan, Vice-principal S. Meenakshi and B.Srivatsan of Sri Sankara Senior Secondary School at the India stall they put up at the Asia Pacific Young Leaders Summit in Singapore recently. —

CHENNAI: “It was a wonderful trip that had an interesting mix of work and fun” — this is how the team describes its recent visit to Singapore. Three students from Sri Sankara Senior Secondary School, Adyar, along with Vice-principal S. Meenakshi, took part in the Asia Pacific Young Leaders Summit (APYLS) organised by the Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore. The school was one of the four from India and the only one from Chennai to represent India at the Summit. “The trip exposed the students to various cultures and practices. It was a lot of learning for everyone,” says Ms. Meenakshi.

Over 80 students from nearly 12 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Japan and Indonesia, participated in the 10-day-long summit.

For class XII students Barath Mahadevan, Viswesh Narayanan and B.Srivatsan this trip meant a whole lot of fun.

Students said they not only visited premier institutions but also took part in adventure activities such as rope walking and rock climbing. They met officials and interacted with them. It was interesting to know how the different governmental departments functioned, they added.

The participants also discussed various issues related to environment, education, politics and security finance. “The students interacted with their counterparts from other countries and discussed academics and other issues such as climate change,” Ms. Meenakshi said. The teams from India put up a stall and a cultural show on the concluding day.

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