Donabate Community College students attend ‘Zeminar’
NINE members of the student council of Donabate Community College, accompanied by four 5th year students, recently attended Zeminar to talk about the well-being of young people.
In their own words, ‘Zeminar is a social enterprise created to bring all those invested in the development and well-being of young people in Ireland to one place’.
Zeminar is targeted at 15 to 20-year olds, with a view to living a happier, safer and more fulfilled life.
Running for three days, DCC students were privileged to be able to hear talks from many wonderful, varied and inspirational speakers.
Dublin footballer, Paul Mannion spoke about the value of language and human connection in a technology-dominated society.
Lauren Guilfoyle spoke about the impact of sport and positive thinking on wellbeing.
Rory O’connor, perhaps better known as Rory’s Stories, spoke about his own experience with loss and addiction whilst also speaking about the joy that having the ability to express his previously untapped creativity has brought him.
Jack Kavanagh shared his own experience with paralysis, and facing life’s challenges with the fearlessness of a child.
Students explored the multitude of charities, businesses, clubs and organisations which had set up stalls there.
From a student’s perspective, Zeminar was a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and learn from the experience of others. They were given great insight into overcoming difficulty while striving for success in an age where everything is dominated by social media and the constant need for validation.