World Youth Alliance (WYA) President Lord Leomer Pomperada shared about WYA’s Human Dignity Curriculum (HDC) at a forum on Global Citizenship Education last August 25, 2017.
Lord formed part of a panel of speakers focused on the topic, Prospective of Philippine Employability in the Era of Globalizations. In his speech, Lord highlighted the importance of a holistic type of education, grounded on a firm sense of self understanding – the ideas in which the HDC was built on.
“The anthropological set up of the HDC focuses on two main ideas. First, that action follows being; and second, that freedom is a means to human excellence,” Lord shared. “In the HDC we study the links between the human beings and the actions he can take, noting that all our actions always have to respect our dignity.”
Lord also talked about his experiences as a “young President who works with young people from around the world everyday and as an overseas Filipino worker.” Lord shared that all these experiences has helped him be more aware and have a deeper understanding of global issues and other cultures.
To end, he highlighted the need for partnerships between the academe, NGOs and the private sectors, as well as for students to invest in themselves to learn new skills, and find mentors and form friendships that would help and encourage them reach their goals.
The Global Citizenship Education Forum was organized by AFS Philippines as part of its 60th anniversary celebration. It was held at the University of the Philippines Institute of Biology Auditorium, and was attended by over 50 school administrators, faculty, students, and AFS partners.
AFS Intercultural Programs is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.