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Youth flourishes Peace in Zamboanga City


The Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP), finalists of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organization (TAYO) of the Philippines, serving as the Youth arm of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRSMP) remarkably conducted the Trainers Training: Youth Solidarity for Peace Camp last May 4-5, 2011 at Ebenezer Bible College. Upper Calarian, Zamboanga City.

Themed “Flourishing 2011: Moving its Peace Frontiers”, the YSP build a stronger network of peace builders capable of influencing youngsters to be advocates for peace. As bridging leaders, the trained facilitators will be the potent force for sustaining peace efforts through its lines of actions- advocacy, education, good governance, environment, service and volunteerism as well as fellowships. All geared towards heightening its involvement for peace in the city, region, Mindanao and the country.

Fr. Angel C. Calvo, CMF, President of PAZ and Lead Convenor of IRSMP challenged the youth to continue to flourish peace just like a fertilizer that is capable of producing plants of best quality.  As one of the leading peace advocates in the city, he shared great inspirations to the new breed of bridging leaders to understand better one’s role and collectively work together for the greater cause of building right relationships. He further gave importance on the various challenges that our society is facing and revealed that “indeed, the youth can make a big difference”. Thus, he is very proud of the YSP.

As the youth camp progresses grounded on the spirit of solidarity, participants proved that despite of the differences on each other, they can still live as one and be able to understand ones differences, we find on each other what are common. Islam and Christianity were some of the sources of peace that can make an integral understanding of how peace had transformed lives of people.

Matthew Lines, President of the organization revealed that “this year’s camp had been one of the greatest camps as it yields great outcomes from the leaders”. They have integrated the teachings and understand the various experiences for one’s personal transformation. That made the camp very successful.

Yasmin Elmo, President of the Muslim Youth Functionaries-ISLAM at Pasobolong disclosed that “it is really overwhelming to feel that y you are a member of a family that not just take good care of you but believes in who you are”. Meanwhile, Paolo Madrigalejo, 2011 Young Peace Weaver shared that “as youth, change should start from us; we need to help the country as well”.

Lively activities were integrated to better foster deep understanding on conflict and peace, initiatives and challenges to move peace frontiers, solidarity reflections and many others. It provided the organizers; facilitators and participants, all are effective leaders, opportunity to live a life that is inspiring more to be great peace builders. As they say, it is not just the role of one to make this world a better place to live in; it is the responsibility of everyone.

Organizations who have participated in the YSP camp includes Society of Young Peace Weavers, MYF-ISLAM (Pasobolong), PAGASA Youth of the Philippines, PeaceTech Ambassadors, AGAPE Youth Organization, Western Mindanao State University-Students Peace Advocates, Claretian Peace Weavers, Zamboanga Youth for Peace organization, Jabu-Jabu Youth organization, Colores de Paz, Vientos de Paz, Ateneo de Zamboanga University-El Consejo Atenista and Southern City College.

As IRSMP, PAZ and YSP flourishes 2011, various activities will be conducted throughout the year that will facilitate multi-sectoral engagements for peace and development.

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