By JACK DAVIS, Special writer to the Palisadian-Post
Students at Palisades High heard a challenging speaker on April 13 when a former Lost Boy of Sudan,Alephonsion Deng, came to school to share his inspiring story. Alepho, a 32-year-old Sudanese refugee, currently resides near San Diego, where he has lived since he moved to the United States in 2001.
PaliHi’s student-run club, Human Rights Watch Student Task Force (STF), organized this event to raise awareness of injustice around the world and the importance of education. This year, the chapter is advocating for the ‘Right to Education’ with other 11 schools in the Los Angeles area.
Led by seniors Jonathan Castillo and Julian Duarte, the Pali STF meets every Wednesday at lunch under the guidance of teachers Angelica Pereyra and Sandra Martin, and Human Rights Watch STF Interns Suzanne Johnson and Kristina Bruno. Each week, students have been coming together to gain awareness and take action to fight the barriers that deny children the right to education here in the United States (for example, the challenges faced by homeless children, child farm workers and students in failing schools) and around the world, especially those in refugee camps and conflict zones.