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Concordia Hosts Special Evening with New York Times Bestselling Author

February, 2018
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As an intellectual hub, it is part of the mission of Concordia International School Shanghai to facilitate interesting conversations between thoughtful people. On 22 January, the school hosted a very special Concordia Presents event with author and activist Ishmael Beah. Beah, who has dedicated his life to speaking and advocating on behalf of those affected by war and violence, read from his book A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and shared his experiences as a child soldier in Sierra Leone.

Ishmael Beah is UNICEF’s first Advocate for Children Affected by War, and his memoir, published in over 40 languages, was named one of the top 10 nonfiction books of 2007 by Time Magazine.

Beah joined Concordia as part of the CISSMUN (Model United Nations) conference, which was held concurrently with Concordia’s first Global Issues Network conference, GINAsia 2018.

CISSMUN / GINASIA 2018 welcomed over 1,200 students and teachers from international schools around the world. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘A Place to Stand’, and many of the committees, topics and keynote addresses focused on the role of young people as global change-makers.


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