World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific conducted its third and last Sulong Workshop for this year, last October 24 at the SOS Village in Alabang, Muntinlupa, in partnership with SOS Children’s Village Philippines.
The workshop which revolved around the concept of solidarity and how it is a manifestation of human dignity, was taught to 30 high school and college students from the SOS Villages of Lipa, Bataan, and Manila. This was the same group of participants which attended the past workshops on Dignity and Freedom last February and June of 2015.
Spearheaded by regional interns Valerie Ypil and Yel Gonzales, and accompanied by the WYAAP regional directors, the other Batch 3 regional interns, and WYA volunteers, the whole day workshop integrated the concept of solidarity through plenary talks, group dynamics, games, and sharing activities and a solidarity dance. In addition, the event turned out to be a successful learning experience to both the participants and the facilitators.
“We must always remember to help one another because we have the freedom to do so and because everyone has dignity,” shared one of the participants.
At the end of the workshop, the participants wrote down their commitments on how to practice solidarity in their everyday lives and they were given a recap regarding the three concepts that they have already tackled which were Dignity, Freedom, and lastly, Solidarity.
The word “sulong” is a Filipino term which means “to move forward.” With this, the World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific continues to give workshops to various partner communities to help in integrating the basic concepts of dignity, freedom, and solidarity, and how they can live out these concepts in their day to day living.