Moving Mindanao -- Youth Movement for Change Camp PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 14:58

Kids for Peace Foundation and Young Advocates for Peace spearheaded the conduct of Moving Mindanao held at Loiza’s Pavilion, Malaybalay, Bukidnon last  October 8-12, 2010.

The Camp is a Mindanao 101 and Creative Advocacy Camp inspired by the theme “We Matter”, (because we, the youth, do matter).

The organizers designed the camp to encourage our fellow youth to learn more about promoting our advocacies based on a better understanding about Mindanao and about issues the youth of today face. Also, various creative ways to promote different advocacies were shared.

The Camp’s main objective was to encourage young Mindanawans to participate in processes to plan for the future of Mindanao and its peoples. Youth were given opportunities in advocating for the inclusion of inputs in the Mindanao 2020 Peace and Development Plan being put together by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), an agency attached to the Office of the President.

Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP) Volunteers of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) namely Nurhida Asaali (Western Mindanao State University), Matthew Lines (Western Mindanao State University) and Arwald Candido (Zamboanga City High School-Main) represented Zamboanga City in the said camp. The three volunteers successfully passed the tough screening of the said camp.

Nurhida Asaali

“The greatest realization from the camp is that everyone matters and should be the catalysts for change,” said Nurida Asaali.

With the integration of many cluster workshops to include the film, photography and creative writing cluster workshop, the participants were influenced to integrate creative and digital alternative ways in advocating peace. It is noted that media played a big role in the promotion of peace especially heightening the awareness of the people regarding many pressing issues of the society. Thus, was the challenged to all the participants on how to effectively transport peace using those learnings of the camp.

“All are peace weavers in our own ways and everything we do matter. Let us start peace within ourselves for it is everyone’s responsibility," said Asaali.

On the other hand, Mathew Lines revealed that the Mindanao Camp 2020 was more on understanding differences with participants coming form different regions. He added that that “we all differ in culture, beliefs and practices but with a common goal- achieving a better Mindanao amidst Diversity.”

Participants of the camp were expected to do consultations with the youth in various regions, and produce creative products for the Mindanao 2020 Summit in January 2011. The experiences of the participants will not only develop themselves but also allows more inspirations from them to share learnings to fellow members of the organization and communities.


By Aldrin B. Abdurahim/Joshua Pierra

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 November 2010 15:29