August 9-19, 2021 – Last August 19, World Youth Alliance Africa (WYAA) and World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) concluded Friends Beyond Borders, a joint cultural exchange and Certified Training Program for young leaders in their region.
It began on August 9 and concluded with a solidarity night on August 19, 2021.
Launched in July, the program was an iteration of their regions’ annual summer camps (Africa’s Furaha Camp and Asia Pacific’s annual international summer camp). The pandemic halted those activities so as a response, Friends Beyond Borders was born and aimed to bring the spirit of those camps to the online platform.
The entire delegation consisted of 12 countries from both regions namely Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Tanzania, The Philippines, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Sudan, and Zambia. The delegates were also divided into 5 groups- Team Peace, Team Leisure, Team Dignity, Team Solidarity & Team Culture.
The primary components were the Certified Training Program and different cultural activities. It started with an introduction to WYA and then proceeded with the 7 chapters of the CTP.
The succeeding days saw the delegates undergo cultural exchange activities such as the Africa and Asia Pacific virtual tours where everyone got a taste of the culture and tradition of places in their respective communities.
Notably, the delegates also got the chance to speak to World Youth Alliance staff about opportunities they can partake in moving forward. This was coupled with a career talk by Minerva University and representatives from their programs.
The program ended with a rousing and emotional solidarity night where everyone was treated to an amazing line up of performances and tributes from our delegates. The program ended up with 20 certified members from Africa and Asia Pacific, and got over 60 new members from the regions.
The team would like to thank the following organizations and volunteers for helping us build and spread word about the event –
Alliance of The Family Foundation Philippines, Inc., London School of Public Relations-Jakarta, World Youth Alliance Kenya National Committee, Universitas Foundation, Inc., Minerva University, World Youth Alliance Miriam College High School-Club, World Youth Alliance PAREF Woodrose Club.
We would also like to acknowledge the great work behind our CTP Trainers –
Liam Jasarino, Natalie Adhiambo, Nyingi Wahome, Suthida Chang, Ray Kerry Dacoseo, Wangeci Mwaniki
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