Playing well as Young Ambassadors -Tongan students enriches knowledge from the Tsunami Summit

Incredible experience was shared today, 24 October 2019, during a debriefing session by high school students from Tonga after attending the High School Students Summit on World Tsunami Awareness Day, in Hokkaido Japan.

They reported to H.E. Mr. Tetsuya Ishii, Ambassador of Japan to Tonga, at the Embassy of Japan in Nuku’alofa that the summit was very enriching and their participation was an amazing experience. The students explained that they would be visiting other local schools in Nuku’alofa to share their knowledge on the significance of having awareness plans to minimize impact from natural disasters and – “save more lives.”

The five high school students from Tonga were three from Tonga High School and one each from Tonga College - Atele and Queen Salote College.

Ms. ‘Ana Veikoso, Deputy Principal of Tonga High School, thanked the Ambassador for the opportunity for high school students of Tonga to experience and visit Japan. She said the summit is an eye opening event for the students and they were very impressed with the warm friendly hospitality extended during their visit, and the cleanliness of the environment in Hokkaido.

The summit, which is held every year since 2016, brought to Japan about 400 participants from 44 countries. This year the summit was held in Hokkaido on the 10-11 September.

The Ambassador was pleased with the experience and emphasized to the students that they play an important role as young ambassador in raising awareness on disaster risks, to save more lives.