The End of the UNESCO Training, the Beginning of Our Mission
BALI, INDONESIA, 30, August, 2014 —— The two-day “Sixth Global Forum United Nations Alliance of Civilizations” successfully concluded today.
Over the past two days, high-level speakers, panelist, country ministers and youth participants engaged together to discuss and contribute to the four pillars under the UNAOC activities: Education, Migration, Media and Youth.
As the two young participants from UNESCO’s Asia Pacific Youth Training on Media and Civic Participation, the series of training (20-25 August 2014), the Media Global Forum (26-28 August 2014) and the UNAOC (29-30 August 2014) have left us a truly unforgettable experience.
Recalling the first day of the training when we were still trying to remember the names of all the delegates from 22 countries and come up with an idea for our action plan, we would never expect that just 5 days later, we will be able to practice the skill we learned from the training as a youth reporter; we would never expect that we will have an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interview the President of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), H.E John W. Ashe and meet high level International Diplomats.
“We learned, we worked, and we had fun” said Gadis Lukman during the youth presentation at the closing ceremony of the Global Media Forum on 28 August 2014. There is no other sentence can summarize our experience over the past 10 days like this one here. Indeed, we have not only learned from the keynote speakers and panelists, but also from the peers who are doing incredible jobs in their communities. We worked on our action plan, from a simple idea on a sticky note to a thoroughly analyzed proposal. Of course, we had fun as well. The white water rafting will be another happy memory for us, but most importantly we had fun while we were learning from others and working from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.
“After I return back home from Bali, I will soon organize a Youth Media and Civic Engagement training for those youths who are interested in media reporting and civic engagement. I will surely apply those learning in my daily work back in Nepal”, said Sapan Halam. ASPAC training and Global Media Forum have truly gave all the youth participants the depth knowledge on Ethical Reporting and Freedom of Expression which will support their work back home. Though the program concluded today, it is just the beginning of our way to change the world for a better future.
By Kefei Wu (China) Sapan Hamal (Nepal)
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