WYAAP Welcomes 33 New HDC Graduates

World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) has recently concluded its 5th run of the Human Dignity Curriculum (HDC) on August 17, 2019, which was in partnership with Barangay 746 in Malate, Manila, Philippines.

WYAAP staff, interns, and volunteers held a graduation ceremony for 33 students who have successfully attended the 5 sessions starting from June 29 until August 17, 2019. This latest batch of the HDC was made possible through a partnership with Barangay 746 in in Malate, Manila. The barangay serves as the primary planning and implementing unit of government policies, plans, programs, projects, and activities within its area of jurisdiction.

During the graduation ceremony, students were recognized for their active participation throughout the program implementation. As part of the program, students shared their learnings and best HDC moments. Parents, guardians, and members from the Barangay Council were also present during the ceremony.

The instructors for this HDC batch were WYAAP Regional Director of Operations, Joyce Cedeño and WYA International Director of Operations, Mimille Guzman, along with current WYAAP interns Mikaela Aromin and Mikee Turano, with help from other WYAAP volunteers.

Throughout the sessions, students were taught the importance of understanding their own dignity and the dignity of others. Each session was a mix of discussions, games, and activities which aimed to provide the kids a stronger sense of meaning and purpose. One of the main highlights of this implementation is the students’ active participation in “Tula Time” where they were asked to memorize and recite the dignity poem as well as accompany it with actions taught by the volunteers.

The HDC is an educational program of World Youth Alliance that focuses on encouraging students to understand their worth as human beings. It aims to make students realize that they have the power to choose what is good, not just for themselves but for the people around them. This will hopefully guide the students in nurturing habits that would help develop their worldview as well as make them more confident in building the life they want to live, especially when they grow up. 

WYAAP would like to extend its gratitude to the Barangay 746 Chairman Mr. Rolando Tubato and Kagawad Amer Mercado, for their help and support in bringing the HDC to the children of Malate, Manila.

Interested in bringing the HDC to your school or community? Send an email to asiapacific@wya.net today.