Global Citizenship Education

Global Citizenship Institute, Salatiga, Indonesia

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Unity amidst Diversity

Being part of a globalized society, the participants of the Global Citizenship Institute held in Salatiga, Indonesia last 13-26 August 2018, recognized their important role in lessening the negative impacts of globalization and in increasing their efforts in contributing to the development of an equitable societies. With the theme, “Global Citizens as Interfaith Catalyst for Peace”, the nine participants comprising of lay and staff from the national movements of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Timor Leste strongly believe that despite diversity in faith practice, a harmonious relationship that brings peace among peoples is possible if each person shall look at him/herself as a global citizen with corresponding social responsibilities.

The learning process started with the keynote presentation by Dr. Suwarto Adi, Chair of YMCA of Salatiga, where he emphasized the relevance of embracing the concept of global citizenship as a way of envisioning a new and better world for all. He further stated that through the principles and values espoused by global citizenship, a new social movement where global cooperation or sharing community can be realized.

Education on the current socio-cultural realities, the economic and political systems related to globalization and perspective on global citizenship was deepened through interactive input presentation and discussion on the following topics:

Topics Resource Person
  • Interfaith Dialogue and Peace Building; Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Aan Anshory
Conflict Mediator, Indonesia

  • Social Analysis; Community Organizing and Social Movement

Saleh Abdullah
Community Organizer, Indonesia

  • Indonesia Social Context and Community Development

Margaretha Andoea
NGS YMCA of Indonesia

  • National/Local Realities
GCI 2018 Participants

  • Asia and Pacific Youth Situationer
  • Global Citizenship
  • Gender Equity
  • Development and Management of CD Program/Project

Maria Cristina Miranda
Executive Secretary, APAY

The theoretical perspective was complimented with the variety of program components such as devotions, session facilitation, community building activities, lecture presentations, group work sessions, dialogue, case study, reporting, interfaith walk, community immersion and home stay, project proposal writing and presentations and cultural fellowship that aimed to build on the potentials and skills of youth to think critically, speak clearly organize writing and practice learned skills.

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Global Citizenship Institute, 13-16 August, Salatiga, Indonesia

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Last Updated (Tuesday, 19 June 2018 12:21)

June 15, 2018


Dear Colleagues,


Greetings from APAY!

As you may recall during the NGS meeting last ECM 2018, we shared the regional programs for 2018 and Global Citizenship Institute (GCI) is one of our major youth empowerment programs. GCI continues to educate our youth in understanding their social realities and engaging them on practical skills and competencies needed in initiating community-based actions.

In this regard, we invite you once again to share this information to your local YMCAs and facilitate the participation of your youth staff, youth lay leaders and volunteers to this year’s APAY GCI to be held in Salatiga, Indonesia on 13-26 August 2018. We specifically encourage you to select participants who meet the following criteria:


  • Involve in local/national YMCA programs for at least a year
  • Has strong interest in actively engaging on activities and advocacies that address the social injustices through YMCA activities
  • Possesses critical thinking on the prevailing social realities and injustices faced by the marginalized sectors of the society particularly the youth
  • Creative in exploring and implementing alternative approaches that will uplift the lives of the affected sectors in the society


The program will provide comprehensive learning experience and competencies through interactive lecture/input presentations, case studies, community exposure, home stay, dialogue with local people and youth, reflections and journals, skills workshop, cultural exchanges and creative presentations.

Each Participant shall pay a Registration Fee of US$65 (inclusive of Green Fee) and a Participation Fee of US$ 335. The cost includes accommodation, food and transportation to and from the venue covering 13th to 26th August 2018. The participants shall also pay for his/her airfare cost. The APAY shall however provide a limited travel and participation fee subsidies (partial or full) for participants coming from YMCAs with financial constraints. Requests for subsidies should reach the office on or before 15th July 2018.

Registration forms, duly endorsed by the National Council are expected to be emailed at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it on or before 15th July 2018. The program information and registration form are attached for your reference. Additional information shall be emailed in due time.

Please contact Maria Cristina Miranda, Executive Secretary for Programmes, on any matters pertaining to this event. You may reach her through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We look forward to your active support to our young people.


Yours sincerely,

Nam Boo Won
General Secretary



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APAY Global Citizenship Institute 15-28, August, 2016, Sri Lanka

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Last Updated (Monday, 12 September 2016 11:51)

Who is a global citizen? The realization to this question was recognized, reflected and acted upon by the nine young staff and volunteers from the National Movements of Bangladesh, Korea, Philippines and Sri Lanka who participated in the recently concluded 3rd Global Citizenship Institute held at Sanctuary House Retreat and Training Centre, Pamunugama, Sri Lanka last August 15-28, 2016 and was hosted by the National Council of YCMAs of Sri Lanka.

The education approach of the institute concretely expressed through theoretical and experiential learning provided an opportunity for the youth to learn about their inevitable participation in the existing social and economic processes. Such education and engagement called for a deepened critical thinking on social realities/issues on local, regional and global perspective, a strengthened value formation of compassion among the marginalized sectors; and a committed mobilization of youth to act towards creating a society liberated from injustices.

Through Global Citizenship Institute, knowledge and understanding of Globalization and Development Processes, Social Injustices and Inequities, Diversity and Sustainable Community Development are integrated alongside contextualized YMCA Mission and Leadership Principles. Specific activities such as interactive input presentation, dialogue with people’s movement, work group sessions, cultural exchanges, social program planning, project proposal writing and community- home stay exposure were maximized to provide practical skills and competencies needed in youth-led program implementation.

The participants were able to come up with realistic and attainable action plans that they are committed to actualize through the support of the movement at different levels. They are resolved that global citizens must strive for the following in order to fulfill the YMCA mission of building a human community of justice with love, peace and reconciliation for the fullness of life for all creation:

• Understand and be critical about the social issues affecting their immediate communities;

• Respect cultural, social, religious and political differences

• Promote human and ecological rights in order to achieve sustainable development for all

• Advocate for human development particularly the marginalized sectors more than economic gains brought about by globalization

• Nurture the values of integrity, caring, honesty and sharing

By: Maria Cristina-Lastima, Executive Secretary


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