Global Citizenship Education

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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Global Citizenship Institute, Aug 15-28, 2016, Sri Lanka

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Introduction

The Global Citizenship Education of APAY is rooted in the YMCA mission of building a human community of justice with love, peace and reconciliation for the fullness of life for all creation. It speaks about sustaining an environment in which relationship among people are characterized by love and understanding. It is therefore the core of Global Citizenship Education, as a tool for youth empowerment, to nurture Global Citizens capable of appreciating their identity yet respecting cultural differences; to deepen understanding and critical thinking on social realities/issues both on a local, regional and global perspectives, to strengthen values of compassion among the marginalized sectors and to mobilize youth to act towards creating a society liberated from injustices.

Global Citizenship Education at the APAY level was initiated during the Tozanso Youth Roundtable on Globalization and Global Citizenship in July 2008 and later at the YMCA International Forum on Global Citizenship in Tokyo in the year 2008. The thematic development of APAY Global Citizenship Education took shape from these events which to date contributed and was utilized as a tool for the transformational development of the youth as change agents.

Since then, the APAY was involved in imparting Global Citizenship Education to the youths of the region through a series of workshops and trainings. These activities facilitated the integration of global citizenship perspective and competencies in local and national programs. The events were meaningful foundations in creating a zeal amongst the youth to continue exploring and working on community action-based programs that aim to contribute to the alleviation of poverty and eradication of social injustices.

The need to continue educating and engaging the youth through Global Citizenship-related pro-active programs grew stronger. It is through Global Citizenship Institute that knowledge and understanding of the Globalization, Social Injustices and Inequities, Diversity and Sustainable Community Development are recognized, reflected and acted upon. The comprehensive processes of the institute are concretely expressed through dialogue and experiential learning. Thus, the program provides an opportunity for the youth to learn from theoretical perspective and experience community life especially with those most vulnerable groups in the society. Along with the knowledge and values gained, the youth are assisted in gaining practical skills and competencies needed in program implementation.

The challenge called for through the Global Citizenship Institute is not only how well the participants are informed of the current social injustices. But more importantly on how as global citizens they would act as change agents through conducting community-based programs that are geared towards achieving sustainable community development.

This training is part of a series of programs planned to provide further competencies for YMCA Youth Representatives/Program Staff that are either engaged in or are planning to implement Global Citizenship Education (GCE) program.

 

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2nd APAY Global Citizenship Institute 2015

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We are pleased to inform that the 2nd APAY Global Citizenship Institute was held from 22-30 April 2015, at Baguio city YMCA in Philippines. Twenty youths, both volunteers and staff, representing eleven national YMCA movements of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Timor Leste and Vietnam participated at this intensive Global Citizenship Education Training Program. During this training the participants gained the knowledge and understanding about the social injustices and the burning issues of Asia and understood about today’s globalized world and how we are interconnected with each other.

On the first day, the key note speaker was Dr. Erlinda Castro Palaganas, professor of Management, from the University of the Philippines Baguio. She contributed and strengthened participants to understand critical thinking on social realities/ issues and defined role and plan of actions as global citizens in social transformation. She shared about global citizenship concepts and the framework, how it relates to our responsibility for the transformation of the young people, to be active social participants in the development of our communities, region and at global level at large.

The participants were divided in two groups for field exposures and homestay. Cristina Miranda, Executive Secretary of APAY gave an orientation how to collect data, interview people and about the background of the communities of exposure. This year, the field exposure was in selected two communities, the gold mining community & the farming community. The participants spent two days and two nights in the communities and met the people, they became a part of their lives during the short span of time. Upon their return they shared their experiences to the whole group. Professor Elmer Ferrer helped to analyse relevant issues what they had experienced in the communities. He talked about three important elements of social change;

 

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