Now on its third year, UNESCO held its UNESCO International Youth Peace Ambassador workshop from November 28 to December 1 in Penang, Malaysia. The workshop gathered around 80 young peace advocates from all around the world to plan and develop youth peace action plans. As UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassadors, the participants are expected to be engaged after the workshop in activities in their own institutions and communities to promote peace education.
With barely 30 hours to prepare, I almost didn’t make it to the third leg of this month’s Asia Pacific city-hop. I spent my shortest stay inside the Philippines, sleeping and recuperating from a bout of flu and from the weird allergic rashes that I got from Taiwan. Good thing, I was able to recover and the next day I flew to Kuala Lumpur with Karen. We stayed at Ze Tong‘s place, a fellow Global Changemaker and When I Was 20 convener, in Klang, Selangor before traveling to Penang the next day.
In Penang, we met the newest batch of UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassadors and developed several youth peace action plans. Around 40 action projects were presented, including the strengthening of the When I Was 20 campaign in the Philippines, especially in Mindanao. Other participants from Nigeria, Cambodia, and Thailand expressed their interest in starting the When I Was 20 initiative in their own countries.