Line Dalile is an author and poet from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Line describes herself as a passionate student, voracious reader, writer, imaginative painter, and advocate for literacy and youth voices.
Read Line Dalile’s responses to the EFF5 student participant questionnaire below. You can also visit Line’s website to find out more about her and read examples of her work.
Q: What Does Peace Mean to You?
A: When I think of peace, the image that comes to my mind is a state of harmony between people from different cultures. To me peace is more than the absence of war and conflict; it is the ability to be free, to feel free and to express myself freely. Peace is when people understand one another, when cultures come together with a common goal to improve humanity and pave roads for young generations to come.
Q: What Is Your Most Inspiring Memory from the Last 10 Years?
A: When I was eight years old, I was saddened by the fact that most of my peers view age as a barrier. They limited their potentials with the thought that “I’m too young to do this.” These thoughts inspired me to breakthrough and reach my potentials despite my age. I refused to accept the fact that I’m too young to change the world or I should wait till I’m older to advocate for something I believe in.
Q: What Is the Most Effective Action We Can All Do To Promote Peace?
A: Educate the children. Like sponges, they soak up the knowledge surrounding them. Education shapes our opinions and builds future generations, so I believe we should develop a curriculum that doesn’t lean towards a specific culture, race or religion. For example, when studying history or geography of different cultures, the teacher should embrace diversity around the world and promote goodwill towards other cultures rather than raising the conflicts that occurred back in time. Furthermore, a good curriculum will allow students to analyse events in history and individually shape their visions of them rather than taking or rejecting sides according to the traditional perception. Peace starts inside every classroom.