On Wednesday morning, 19
th of October, Affinity hosted Jihad Dib MP (Member for Lakemba and Shadow Minister for Education), and Anton Enus (presenter of World News SBS), for a conversation on ‘Building community through schools’.

This was our second Morning Conversation event and there was again great interest from the community.

The guests were welcomed with the smell of freshly brewed coffee and friendly chatter as they served themselves breakfast from the traditional Turkish breakfast buffet and mingled with each other.

The conversation started with acknowledgment of country, introduction of the speaker and introduction to the topic by Anton.

In his talk, Jihad talked about how schools can be community hubs, and the importance of relationships with parents, other schools, and the rest of the community for the school’s success and wellbeing. Jihad drew on his experiences from Punchbowl boys High and the audience listened eagerly as he explained how he became a good locksmith or won the trust of the students and parents, or his own story growing up.  

Jihad also talked about his move to politics, some of the challenges he faces in parliament, how he responds, general state of politics and politicians, the Cronulla riots, his inspirations and passions, and the importance of staying true to himself.

Overall, it was a highly engaging and inspiring conversation and Anton’s insightful comments and questions brought out the nuances and depth that we got to see of Jihad and the subject matter.

Sincere thanks again to Jihad Dib, Anton Enus, and our guests for the great and greatly important conversation.