The SAPI delegates left the house at 7.30 A.M. for the scene of world Social Forum in The University Ground situated on the banks of the Contalma Bay. The first day is a day of discovery of the stalls, auditoriums and group activities. The first day of the World Social Forum 2009 was especially dedicated to the cause of Amazonia and has been called “Pan-Amazon Day”. The challenges faced by the indigenous people in Amazon were definitely debated and deliberated in the huge auditoriums of the main campus and also the small halls and workshop venues.
The activities of the WSF were conducted in two campuses. One in the main university campus known as (Federal University of Para) UFPA and the other in the campus (Federal Rural University of the Amazon) UFRA which houses the departments linked to rural development. Distance between these two campuses is three kilometers. Walking in a beautifully planned UFPA and standing by the side of the bay we could notice the crowds thronging various halls and auditoriums. Many of us also noticed that youth outnumbered others. It was indeed a forum for youth. For many of us it was an educational experience and a cultural shock too.