Over eighty youth leaders from Asia Pacific gathered at this year’s Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) held at The Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, from October 15 -17, 2015.
Organized by World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP), the fourth ELC tackled the theme, “Redefining Education: Breaking Barriers, Empowering Asia Pacific Youth.” The conference sought to give participants an overview of education in the region, as well knowledge on the different initiatives being done by both public and private sectors to address some issues the area of education is facing today.
Aside from listening to the speakers through plenary and breakout sessions, the participants were also given the opportunity to work with their peers in groups in order to make a project proposal. Three out of the 12 submitted proposals were chosen to present their project in front of all the conference delegates. They were able to come up with creative project proposals in relation to one of the three “vulnerable groups” that the conference tackled in the Breakout Sessions–Women and Girls, Out of School Youth, and Persons With Disabilities,
“It [was] not just about [the] recognition. But rather, we… wish that all the projects will be materialized to really bring impact to Asia Pacific and redefine education,” shared Ronald Allan Choa, one of the participants from the Philippines.
The speakers included representatives from various groups from the Philippines,Taiwan, Vietnam and Singapore. Meanwhile, the delegates came from different areas in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, India and Myanmar.
WYAAP also celebrated its 10th birthday on the second night of the conference, and gave its very first Freedom for Excellence Award to Ms. Erika Tatad, WYAAP’s first Regional Director.
The Emerging Leaders Conference is an annual event for young individuals to learn about the salient issues of today and how they can apply their roles as leaders through a variety of talks, forums and interactive activities. Participants have the opportunity to share their ideas and build networks with other youth leaders from the Asia Pacific region. It also serves as a venue for young people to engage in cultural exchanges.
The 4th WYAAP ELC was sponsored by The Bayleaf Intramuros,Tourism Promotions Board, Faber Castell, Intramuros Administration, and San Mig Coffee.
Conference media partners were AsianNGO, Chinoy TV, ClickTheCity.com, DurianASEAN, Global News Network, International Youth Network, Voice of the Youth Radio, and WhenInManila.com.
Conference partners were AGREA Philippines, Ateneo de Manila High School, Autism Society Philippines – Laguna Chapter, AwesomeLab PH, Ayala Foundation, Benito and Catalina Yap Foundation, Championing Community Children, CHEERS Corporation, Chink Positive, Kalibrr, Minerva Schools at KGI, Reactor, Silid Aralan, Teach for the Philippines, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines, and University of Asia and the Pacific.
WYAAP would also like to recognize the Marikina Dance Guild, and the University of Asia and the Pacific Chorale for their performances during the 10th birthday celebration.
Finally, WYAAP would like to extend its gratitude to its volunteers and former interns, who played a significant role in planning and executing the event, and to the conference delegates, who continue to inspire the WYAAP community.
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