The students are set to travel to Arendal in Southern Norway in April and all met the Ambassador well prepared with questions, ranging from Norwegian economy, society, culture and nature.
Although of course phenomena such as northern lights, stave churches, reindeers and midnight sun was interesting for the all the students to hear about, some focused on more specific subjects.
One student from the 12th grade had clearly done his research; “Norway has one of the most robust economies in world, still climate change and sustainability is high on the agenda. How does the Norwegian Government balance economic growth with growing environmental concerns?”
In response to this question, Ambassador Kamsvåg pointed out that there is a common environmental consciousness among the general Norwegian population. He also explained about other distinct characterisations regarding the Norwegian society, such as the State Pension Fund Global and the importance of the welfare state. Some of the students were obviously surprised when they were told that most education in Norway is public and free of charge, quite different from the Indian system.
Another element of Norway the students had picked up was the overall good ranking on the Human Development Index throughout the years. The Ambassador highlighted that when a country’s government covers the basic human needs of its population, it creates more room for people to thrive, educate themselves and develop regardless of one’s social background.
The students are scheduled to partake in “Young Researches in Natural Sciences” (YRoNS) conference, to be held in Arendal, from 24th to 28th April 2017. The 10 students of the delegation were therefore eager to know more about Norway before leaving. Ambassador briefly introduced the city of Arendal, he especially urged them to visit the old quarter of the town and to enjoy the Norwegian coastal boat life.