The Philippines-based Silid Aralan Inc. won the opportunity to transfer their expertise in youth development to Indonesia

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Young people aged 15-24 make up around one-fifth of today’s growing population. The United Nations identifies young people as an important part of society in both South and Southeast Asia. It is important to realize that young people play an active role in South-South cooperation covering the transfer of skills in higher learning, entrepreneurship, and cultural linkages.

Thus, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation jointly with its partners early this year launched a global initiative called Youth4South Solution Awareness Contest. Angelo Carlo Roxas representing Silid Aralan, Inc. (SAI), a non-profit organization in the Philippines that develops programs for academically-challenged public school students, won the opportunity to transfer their iLead program to the youth in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The transfer of expertise was initiated when YCAB Foundation (YCAB), an organization based in Jakarta, Indonesia, focused on education and capacity building to foster youth development, expressed their interest in the knowledge exchange with SAI. The first visit to Indonesia was during May 22-24, 2018 where SAI introduced their mission and programs to the members of YCAB, as well as assessed and analyzed their needs in terms of curriculum content. The organizations signed a memorandum of understanding and a visit took place at the learning center of YCAB where the iLead program learning sessions are held at.

Knowledge of empowering learners in the program was emphasized so young people receiving assistance from YCAB could experience it as well. The iLead program is designed to teach young people in a classroom environment about the leadership skills needed to plan, implement and monitor their own projects in order to create an impact on their community. The learners are equipped with leadership skills such as problem-solving, risk-taking, and team management. They are also taught how to write grant proposals and present business plans.

The final visit was this year on the 8th of August, where YCAB members in Indonesia were trained by a facilitator from SAI. The facilitator presented to them a curriculum tailored to the local needs in Jakarta (identified during the first visit), as well as provided further training on how to use specific technology in the classroom when writing their own contextualized learning plans. Moreover, the visit not only enabled all YCAB representatives to contribute in the development of the program in their own organization, but also allowed SAI to adapt and create customized learning plans to accommodate the sense of cultural belonging and identity that a young person would experience in Indonesia. This included identifying and discussing the ideal attitudes, mindset, knowledge, and skills that the learners should be equipped with in order to give back to their own local communities.

Consequently, the adapted planned activities of the iLead program were implemented in a class of 20 learners that started in September 2018 and will continue until May 2019, which will be at the end of the learning year period. The beneficiaries were underprivileged students from Jakarta, Indonesia whose age ranges from 13 to 18. Almost 50% of the chosen beneficiaries had low academic performance which was one of the reasons why they are not able to stay in school. The program assisted in developing 21st-century skills of all the beneficiaries. The skills include being a critical thinker and doer, a collaborator, an innovator, a global citizen, an effective communicator, an ICT Literate, and a life-long learner.

Mr. Roxas said that “these skills, when integrated with our Core Values of “Malasakit”/Compassion, Passion for Learning, Integrity, Fun & Joy, Innovation, Excellence, and Process-oriented, will contribute to the holistic development of each learner who will undergo the iLead Program. With the life skills and learning competencies the learners develop, they are able to believe in their own capabilities and are now more conscious of their efforts to learn not just to have high academic standing, but to succeed in life and to make an impact globally.”

Mr Roxas further said “YCAB Foundation expressed their interest to extend the partnership and replicate the program for more learners in Indonesia to develop the competencies they’ll be needing as they join the workforce.”