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


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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.






Participants of this program shall be a YMCA Staff/Youth Lay Leaders who are engaged in youth development programs in their respective YMCAs; and/or an APAY Youth Rep for 2015-2017 who have not attended previous GCI; and are between 18 to 30 years of age. Moreover, the following YMCA Staff/Youth Lay Leader or APAY Youth Reps have:


Curriculum Outline

The GCI curriculum for this year has been conceptualized and developed to maximize the learning experience of the participants. The curriculum design addresses both the theoretical foundations of understanding the social realities in relation to globalized development framework and the practical experiences at the different levels of community life. The topics below provide an overview of the perspectives, concepts and experiential learning related to Global Citizenship, the global development agenda and the YMCA mission.

a. Globalization and the Development Framework

b. Social Analysis and Social Injustices

c. Global Citizenship and YMCA

d. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

e. Mission in Context and Christian/Servant Leadership

f. Community Organizing and Community Development

g. Program Management


The Global Citizenship Institute will include 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.

During the concluding part of the course, the participants shall be guided to draw up their own action plan which they intend to implement upon their return to their respective YMCAs.


Local Host: National Council of YMCAs of Sri Lanka


Date & Venue

15-28 August 2016 (Including arrival and departure)
Sri Lanka

Participation Fees:

Each Participant shall pay a Registration Fee amounting to US$ 50, Green Fee US$15 and a Participation Fee of US$ 250. The cost includes accommodation, food and transportation to and from the venue covering 15th to 28th August 2016. 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 1st July 2016.


Some countries are required to obtain tourist visa to enter Sri Lanka. In such cases, participants are advised to obtain tourist visa to travel to Sri Lanka. Participants who would need letter of invitation for the processing of their visa shall inform the APAY in order to send such letter. Kindly take note that trainings and/or conferences like this may take a longer time to obtain.

Flight Schedule

All participants are requested to book their flights to arrive in the morning or noon time of 15th August and to depart in the afternoon of 28th August at Colombo International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The local hosts shall arrange airport transport to and from the venue.


Interested participants are requested to send their registration form duly filled up and endorsed by the National General Secretary on or before 10th July 2016 at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


For matters related to participation, contact:


Maria Cristina L. Miranda
Executive Secretary for Programs
Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs
6/F Administration Building
Kowloon, Hong Kong.
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TEL: (852)-2780 8347, 2770 3168