Warrior Teacher, Student Represent Boy Scouts of the Phils in Asia-Pacific Dialogue for Peace Awareness Workshop


Warrior Teacher John Kristoffer De Jesus and Warrior Student Chicklet P. Diaz, together with 12 other scout leaders from the Philippines, represented the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) at the recently concluded Dialogue for Peace Awareness Workshop, which was held at Baden Powell International Hotel in Manila, on October 6-7, 2018.

Mr. De Jesus is currently a Junior High School Science Teacher of the UE Basic Education Department-Manila, while Ms. Diaz is a third-year AB Broadcasting student of the UE College of Arts and Sciences-Manila. Both are eagle scouts and have been volunteering for the BSP for more than a decade now.

The Dialogue for Peace Awareness Workshop was a collaborative project of the World Organization of the Scouting Movement (WOSM) Asia-Pacific Region and the KAICIID International Dialogue Centre.

Mr. De Jesus and Ms. Diaz (from right in the photo here), together with participants from 20 different countries in the Asia-Pacific Region, actively contributed to the discussions, and exchanged solutions and ideas regarding certain issues, concerns and on how young scouts can make an impact and be part of global solutions.

Moreover, as workshop participants, they also acquired basic knowledge and skills related to dialogue practice and facilitation. On the latter part of the training, the delegates committed themselves to incorporate the principles of dialogue along with their scout values in their daily lives and local communities.

Dialogue for Peace is a WOSM-KAICIID collaboration program that equips scouts with the skills to enhance inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue and promote peace in their communities.

For the record, KAICIID is an intergovernmental organization that promotes and employs interreligious dialogue (IRD) to support conflict prevention and resolution, sustainable peace and social cohesion; to promote mutual respect and understanding among different religious and cultural groups; and to counteract the abuse of religion to justify oppression, violence and conflict.

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