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Call for Participation: Sixth Youth Peace Ambassador International Training Workshop

March 18, 2013

With UNESCO YPAs in Kaeng Krachan National Park

Last November, I attended the Fifth UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassador Training Workshop in Thailand and spoke on the use of social media in peace advocacy through the When I Was 20 initiative, a Global Changemakers project we first presented at the Third YPA workshop in Penang. Aside from this, I also shared my personal experiences as a Fredskorpset Peace Communication fellow in Myanmar in 2010.

At the conference, I had the chance to meet other young leaders working for peace in their own communities. Through the workshops, around 50 youth peace action plans were developed and presented. These include Tarabyangan, a community adoption and social entrepreneurship project spearheaded by the UPLB Development Communicators’ Society that intends to provide a sustainable source of livelihood for a resettlement community in Southville 7, Calauan, Laguna.

This year, the Sixth Youth Peace Ambassador International Training Workshop is scheduled from May 24 to June 2 in Bangkok and Kaeng Krachan, Thailand. Please see the details below from the Eubios Ethics Institute website.

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Sixth Youth Peace Ambassador International Training Workshop
From Ethical Minds to Ethical Action

Co-organizers: Eubios Ethics Institute, International Peace and Development Ethics Centre, Center for Ethics of Science and Technology at Chulalongkorn University, and Oran Patana Foundation.

We invite you and your organization to join the Youth Peace Ambassadors International in building peace in the world through empowering youth from different countries across the world to share experiences of working to promote the culture of peace and to develop practical action plans with the inspiration of the young people. Since 2010, Eubios Ethics Institute and UNESCO, in cooperation with partner institutions have organized five Youth Peace Ambassador Training Workshops across the Asia-Pacific with 410 youth from many countries and circumstances. Together, the youth have worked to identify issues that can promote a culture of peace, and developed 170 action projects promoted at making a difference in their communities.

Through the Youth Peace Ambassador International Programme, we are jointly harnessing the power, optimism and influence of young people to promote action and change for Peace. The Youth Peace Ambassador International programme is global in reach, and the YPA6 will bring youth from around the world together. At YPA5 participants planted trees, at the official opening of the International Peace Park. If you planted a tree, you can come and see it. All the YPA6 participants can also help plant medicinal herbs that will grow around the trees, now that the Park has a water sprinkler system. Those who are new may like to also plant a tree. The outcomes you could help achieve include:

  • Strengthening the youth peace ambassador network of young people as a forum for the exchange of ideas and good practices for effecting social change for peace;
  • Reducing the suffering from conflicts and violence;
  • Broadening aspects of participant life plans from a multicultural perspective;
  • Support for specific youth-led projects to be implemented in different countries; and
  • Expand the integration of security and peace activities into policy making, with special relevance to young persons.

The programme is especially for youth who have already started to make a difference in their community to overcoming the challenges for their communities, and persons who are actually doing things to rebuild communities. If you are one of the people, or would like to become, then you can join us.

Applications should use the standard form, including full name, address, affiliation, age, and include a letter of intent (unless previously accepted for a YPA workshop; with a list of past and current activities) to napat@eubios.info.

The registration fee includes materials, accommodation and meals from 25th May evening to 2 June, all teaching materials, and transport in large bus from Bangkok to Kaeng Krachan return. The early bird registration is USD300 (if paid by credit card by 1 April) and USD400 (or THB12,000) on site upon arrival.

For previous trainees of YPA workshops the applicants should have returned their evaluation forms from previous action plans (including those still current, whether or not the action plan was completed or not you are still invited). We are also seeking support for a few scholarships to assist those persons unable to pay the registration fee, but these will be very limited. Participants will be informed by 26 March, the results of scholarship applications. Do include your justifications and requirements in the application form.

Download the PDF copy of the Call for Participation and UPDATED Agenda here.

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