The Words of the Poon Family
"Young Peacemakers Realizing the Dream" CAP National Conference Held In Malaysia
August 12, 2007
W-CARP Malaysia Chapter
The Collegiate Ambassador for Peace(CAP) National Conference was organized on 12 August 2006, in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of Malaysian Nationhood and the UN International Youth Day celebration. This is an effort to inspire more students to become Collegiate Ambassadors for Peace to create a mass movement of youths who can move the nation as what President Hyun Jin Moon gave early this year to all CARP chapters as one goal.
This event was jointly organized by two universities, the University of Malaya known as the oldest university in Malaysia and the University of Utara Malaya. It is the first event with the active collaboration of universities with about 550 students from 9 universities attended. Among Malaysian students, there a mixture of Malay, Chinese and Indians aside from the 70 international students from Korea, Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Somalia, Yemen, Jordan, Palestine, France, Ethiopia who participated.
The officiator of the conference is Mr. Vimalan who is a senior officer from the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Many professors and lecturers from various universities also attended the opening ceremony where there were 34 student leaders and students active in service projects appointed as Collegiate Ambassadors for Peace conferred by Mr. Vimalan himself.
Local and International Speakers
The CAP National Conference featured several outstanding speakers. The first speaker was Mr. James Poon of World CARP Malaysia shared the topic, "Dream Big", motivating students the importance of having dreams and goals in their lives. He also explained that the biggest dream everyone can have is, "one world family".
Then followed by Chapter president Ek Nath Dhakal, YFWP Nepal, talked about the topic, "Becoming a Young Peacemaker", where he shared experiences of success in Nepal. Here Mr. Dhakal gave valuable insights and guidance on one's attitude and mindset as young peacemakers.
The 3rd speaker who is one also an Ambassador for Peace and Advisor for CAP Initiatives is Professor Mustapha Kassim. His topic, "Making a Difference", gave students the understanding on the importance of having different a mindset in order to achieve excellence in our life. Students are impressed and motivated by the presentations given by these three notable speakers.
An Interesting Program for Young People
The uniqueness of this conference is that we applied the way of transformative workshop model wherein we cut the big number of participants into many smaller groups, appointed team leaders, conducted team-building activities, discussions, and quizzes.
Each participant had their own chance of knowing students from the different universities and countries. This rare opportunity inspired them so much that even though how much challenging to conduct activities for 500 students, the programs run well with a consistency of a very warm and lively atmosphere of one family.
A taste of the international community can be felt as the emcees assigned in different parts of the conference were the two Malay at the opening ceremony and lecture sessions, a Chinese emcee for the group activity, then a combination of a Chinese and an Indian emcee for talent night.
Adding to that feeling of one world family was the students of different races participating together in the workshop who are very creative and vibrant that contributed to the high energy amongst participants.
Talent Night Promotes Service Projects
After a day of lectures and group activities, participants had their talent night in the evening. Some universities prepared their beautiful cultural dance for everyone. There were even dances from Yemen, Somalia and China delegates.
Everyone was drawn to their awe that for the first time they saw such wonderful cultural performances. Participants also performed skits from topics related to cross-cultural marriage, the role of CAP, and gender equality. These skits not only gave joy but also conveyed very important messages.
On the other hand there were 4 among CAPs who shared about their service projects as one of the best practices. The presentations were very well done which gained them a resounding applause from participants. This encouraged all students to be involved in service projects.
At the end of the conference students gave very good response and comments. The presentations were indeed an eye-opening experience for them and they expressed to keep themselves in close coordination in joining projects and workshops in the future.
The presence of 70 international students made the event even more dignified as many Muslim students from the Middle East participated. This could lead in contributing to the promotion of the Middle East peace initiatives by raising young people as CAPs to work for peace in their respective regions in the near future.