I accidentally searched something about ASEAN LOGICS…the conference i was involved two years ago….and suddenly i found this article…ugh, suddenly i missed them so much….
Workshops and Community Immersion Activities
If there is one project of the ASEAN Foundation
that really brings the youth to directly experience the challenges being addressed by ASEAN, it is the ASEAN Students Engaging Action for Local and Regional Contribution to Society or “ASEAN Logics.”
Proposed by the University of Indonesia, ASEAN Logics sought to address the challenges of low level of awareness
and absence of a ‘we-feeling’ in ASEAN among the youth through a program that would be people-oriented, encourage interaction among the youth to participate in the actual dynamics of development challenges faced by ASEAN especially in the functional area, and enable the youth to express and share their views on such issues.
In general, the program would involve two stages. First, a conference and workshop on identified issues would take place where discussions would be held with competent officials and experts after which a plan of action would
be drawn up. Second, actual field trips will be organized to allow participants to observe and experience living
conditions in the communities visited and to hold further interaction discussions among themselves. With such an
approach, participants would learn from both the working group discussions as well as from the site visits to observe
the problem taking place in the field, and the possible ways to overcome them.
After their site visits, the participants convened again in Jakarta for group sharing. Some of the stories and experiences they shared are definitely etched in their minds such as the experience of visiting a dying child afflicted with HIV/AIDS
in a modest hospital in Jayapura. One participant from Viet Nam remarked:
“ASEAN Logics is different. Here, we have the site visit and not merely theoretical knowledge. I’m going to bring the practical experience related to HIV issue in devoting myself for this cause in Viet Nam.”
Discussions were again held, this time at the ASEAN Foundation, on the ASEAN identity and the ASEAN Community, followed by a visit to the ASEAN Secretariat where the students were briefed on its functions and structure.
The organizers of University of Indonesia reported that the project successfully resulted in an increase of ASEAN
awareness among the participants and increase of the “we-feeling” as being part of ASEAN.
source : Promoting Asean Among the Youth
I was so lucky and blessed to be part of them, it was a once in a lifetime experience…Liyana, my roomie…miss you a lot!!! hehehe