GPV Camp 5 #Throwback Day One!

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” is one of Nelson Mandela’s quote. It is easier said than done because peace-building is (and should be!) a concious and lasting action which requires participation of every human being living in the world. 

28 November, Janda Baik- The Global Peace Youth team seeks to end the year of 2014 with a big bang.With more than 30 youths from ten nationals have been selected to congregate at the Radiant Retreats Resorts for a three days two nights youth leadership kick-starter programme.

Day one of the camp started strong with youths of high energy delivered to the mountains an hour away from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

Here are some throwbacks for you and your friends who have missed the chance to join us:

Ayat , a student from Taylor’s University who is originally from Saudi Arabia is exceptionally pleased to get to know her temperaments deeper: “ I have always known I am a headstrong person, the test made it more apparent. I am so proud and happy to be a choleric!”

Neil who travelled all the way from the Philippines looks forward to meeting like-minded people and in turn be able to deliver social impact with them.

 Isa, from Guinea, answered: “I think Martin Luther King Jr. said it best because I want a world where people are not differentiated by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character,” in response to a question on what his ideal world would be like.

Hana, a fellow facilitator mentioned during the cultural agreement, that she hoped that by the end of the camp, the fellow campers will have made their weaknesses their strengths and challenge themselves to move out of their comfort zones.

 

Stay tuned for more updates from the camp! 

Gen-Y taking charge @ UNITEN Youth Festival

14 November, Kajang – The Global Peace team was delighted to be part of the UNITEN Youth Festival. One of the three main components of the programme was Youth On Peace, which promotes active and sustainable voluntarism. With a comfortable booth filled with beanbags and inspirational quotes, the team set out to speak to aspiring…

Face and Conquer Your Fear: A Halloween like non other

There are so many fears in the world, so many unknowns. Fear of heights, of water, of change. But the greatest things most humans fear is change and differences. We see it written out in books and played out in the media. The fear of what we don’t know leads to misunderstandings and it brings about conflicts as a result of it.

We, at Global Peace Foundation believes that one of the main causes of the prejudice and discrimination we see in the world today is due to identity based conflicts. Ever too quickly, we judged others based on skin colour, race, nationality and ethnicity that we forget; our common humanity- that we are one human family.

The evening started with a theatrical impression using the song Thriller/Heads Will Roll,  of how as children, we have set of stigma and identities imposed on us. The staff of Global Peace and a few Global Peace Volunteers, donned plain white masks for the first half of the performance. As the dance reached the climax of the song, Yin Yee, challenged Mooza, who played the role of the one who placed the identities on the performers, encouraging Mooza to strip off her mask like everyone else.

This signified that as we grow up and begin to understand how society functions, we remove such stigma and become the person we truly want to be. The performance came to a close and everyone was unmasked and it ended with loud cheers from the audience. With that, the Halloween event came to an official start;keeping the idea of addressing the reason behind identity-based conflicts, Global Peace planned the night out that would allow the participants to understand themselves a little better

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We created a safe space for open discussions. Many shared their experience where then asked thought provoking questions like:

 

“Did you allow that moment of discrimination against you become something you kept in mind?”

 

“Did your experience make you hate or dislike that particular group the person was from?”

 

Most answered negatively the questions because they couldn’t hate an entire race and ethnicity based off one person. In order to create a deeper understanding to his, participants are to write stereotypes placed on them on a whiteboard for a photoshoot, the key is never to be drowned by such stigma.

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On the flip side, there was a Prejudice Anonymous box which allowed participants to share moments where they felt or acted out against someone based on stereotypes. Although it is an anonymous confession, many struggled when penning down their acts of prejudice in the past. It was a tough process because it is only natural for humans to hide and disacknowledge our misbehaviours.

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Many may not believe in the spiritual notions behind tarot readings, but the cards serve as a guide about yourself. Most of the participants that went through it came out startled and amazed at how accurate the cards were about their lives and behaviours. Some even said that it made them reconsider their past actions because they had a new understanding about themselves.

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