YOUNG ADULT LEADERSHIP PROJECT
AKF facilitates leadership training both in Victoria and on the Thai-Burma border.
In 2010, 2012 and 2014 AKF facilitated a program of
leadership training for 20-30 year olds taking place in Thailand.
12 Australian-based Karen and 12 Karen from the Thai-Burma
border came together in Thailand for 16 days during which time.
- they learnt together about Karen border organisations
- they lived together as a learning community in human rights
- they created solidarity between them for peace-building
The next Young Adult Leadership Project is planned for June/July 2016.
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for their future come true?
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project. Some funds are already secured for the next program in 2016.
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Firm friendships were also formed within and between members of the groups, creating a sense of a trans-national
identity. Electronic communication was maintained
between border and Australian participants after the
- from the
Participants from previous projects project
share their stories of hope for the future within the context of struggle.
A Thai Burma border participant wrote:
My name is Htoo Eh. I was so pleased to learn increased skills in organising and facilitating groups to benefit our work on the border and in Burma. Our analytical skills got better and I now understand about strategic planning in community work.
What really inspired me was hearing of the challenges of being a refugee in Australia... They have not abandoned our people but are returning to offer support... This makes me happy.
One of the workshop facilitators spoke of the power of
the interaction between the two groups:
The learning that occurred went two ways. Activism was demonstrated by the border group
in their day-to-day involvement in organizations working for their people,
often involving great personal risk. The
growing depth of understanding of this work amongst the Australian group
resulted in an increase in their own activism on return to Australia and an
ongoing commitment to the leadership program.
Leadership Training is key to
growing healthy communities
for refugee people.
YALP : on the move