PR LAHORE - Beaconhouse’s School of Tomorrow (SOT) series of events - A World of Tomorrow - culminated yesterday and was a huge success.

Crowds thronged the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club on the third and final day to participate in various activities.

The day began with a panel discussion focusing on the question: ‘if media controls global thinking, who controls global media?’ The panelists felt that as opposed to the general perception of the media savvy, the so-called free media gives an ‘illusion of choice’.

The sessions on issues relating to transgender people and one entitled ‘Shayari 101’ drew the largest crowd in the morning. The transgender speakers in the former session called on members of society to make room for them and to allow them opportunities to make them economically viable citizens, by giving them representation in the population census and electoral forms.

In the latter session, eminent poets and personalities such as Munnoo Bhai, Kishwer Naheed, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan and Attiya Dawood enthralled the audience with their poetry. Munnoo Bhai emphasised the role of poetry as a catalyst of change in social attitudes.

Apart from these, there were a multitude of concurrent sessions on topics ranging from moral policing, a conversation with the women’s football team, cyber-crime, global security, the upcoming US elections, private-public partnership in education, the arts and popular culture and fashion for the future. Celebrities like Ali Azmat, Adnan Malik, Tina Sani, Tapu Javeri, Jimmy Nelson, Deepak Perwani, Sheema Kirmani, Mubasher Luqman and Munizae Jehangir were part of various sessions.

They felt that such opportunities for intellectual debate allow people to get multiple perspectives on thought-provoking topics in order to arrive at their own conclusions. This was also one of the intended aims of the event.

The three-day festival ended on a melodious high with a concert by Atif Aslam who mesmerised the audience with his unique vocals and popular tunes. The next in the School of Tomorrow series of events is planned for February 2017 in Islamabad.