“The Youth Leadership Training Course is not just an ‘event’, it is a capacity building effort, a process of self-growth and personal development.”
The Asia-Pacific Regional Youth Leadership Training was held from July 19-23, 2022, hosted by the National Scout Organization of Thailand. The inaugural training supported by Eric Frank Trust, Messenger of Peace and the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Foundation was held at the newly renovated Vajiravudh National Scout Camp in Chon Buri Province.
The training was executed by the Planning Team which consisted of the Regional Youth Representatives from the 2018-2022 era, Asia-Pacific Regional Support Center staff and WOSM consultants appointed to the YLTC. It brings together 35 participants from 20 National Scout Organizations with the aim of empowering young people to be more effective in their leadership roles and to build high performing teams at all levels of Scouting, as well as in their wider communities.
The opening ceremony was chaired by Dr. Somjai Wuset-Taksin, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education of Thailand. In his message, Dr. Somjai challenged young people to build bridges in their societies to nurture the planet on the path to peace and sustainability. YLTC Director Lim Wei Yung acknowledged in his speech the participation and contribution of all Scouts involved in the realization of the YLTC.
The YLTC includes over 25 entry sessions such as emotional intelligence, conflict management, and ethical decision-making, among others. Discussions focused on topical issues relevant to young people. The Scouts were oriented with the basic framework of said programs and were informed of the different opportunities they could do to help create a better world.
One of the most important features of the YLTC was the presentation of pechakucha which gave participants new perspectives from different NSOs. Group participants presented potential MOP projects that speak to the issues faced in their communities. Projects have spanned mangrove planting, the fast fashion industry, and mental health, among others.
Apart from this, the training also included an educational visit to Pattaya City 11 High School, Sukawadee House and a cultural performance in the heart of Pattaya. Thailand has so much to offer in terms of cultural diversity.
The YLTC has been a big step forward for young people in the Asia-Pacific region as they move towards improving its youth program by engaging, empowering and involving more young people.
After a face-to-face gathering break, it is important to reconnect Scouts under one roof. More than the course objectives, it is the leadership rooted in friendship and a good connection to the network that has further strengthened young people in the Asia-Pacific region. Truly, in these post-COVID times, we should no longer live in fear, rather, we should live in faith.
Contributed by Muhammad Naufal Bin Othman and Dianne Eden I. Villasis