Young leaders making their mark
In 2009 we welcomed our first group of young community leaders from Myanmar here in Wellington. At the time Myanmar was still under the control of the military junta and citizens’ rights were severely oppressed. Since then 71 young leaders have returned to play a part, Myanmar’s tentative steps towards democracy.
Alumni contributed in various ways – for example, by building community action against illegal mining operations, strengthening community relationships with local authorities, giving civic education and youth training, and even establishing youth training centres. In 2018 a first group of 8 young leaders from Eastern Indonesia graduated from our new programme in Auckland and in 2019 we will welcome 8 young leaders from the region of Mindanao in southern Philippines.