In addressing the country’s most pressing issues – peace and conflict, indigenous rights, quality education, federalism, among others – comes a crossroad for building the Philippines’ path towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It is in this crucial time that youth leaders should play a key role in defining what it means to be a ‘Filipino,’ and more importantly, how the youth could contribute in this definition.
Sigaw ng Kabataan Coalition together with the Rotary Satellite Club of Fort BGC Titans, and many other Rotary Clubs and partner agencies, will provide an active venue for the youth’s exchanges on these issues through the Philippine Intercultural Youth Convention (PIYC) 2018, with the theme “Breaking Cultural Barriers, Empowering Young Leaders,” on September 22-23, 2018 in Quezon City.
PIYC 2018 aims to provide the Philippine Cultural experience through segments such as the Cultural Festival, an exhibition of cultures, a cultural networking night, and many other cultural presentations. At the same time, PIYC 2018 also creates a platform for exchanges between the youth and the Philippine government leaders on developmental issues that not only concern the country but also the generation’s future through the Sustainable Development Goals.
Gathering youth leaders from different parts of the Philippines, the conduct of PIYC 2018 will provide young people to personally learn and appreciate the different tribes and ethnolinguistic groups in the Philippines while providing a dynamic platform for Filipino youth leaders to engage and discuss valuable solutions to the country’s issues. The themes of breakout sessions for this discussion are divided in line with the SDGs – Peace in Diversity: Youth as catalyst for peace; Health and Social Welfare: Healthy youth for a healthy tomorrow; Quality and Accessible Education for all: Education as a powerful tool for the youth’s future; Climate & Environmental Action: Greener Pasture in the Philippines; Poverty Reduction & Access to Adequate Food: Hungry for change; Decent Jobs and Sustainable Livelihood: What awaits for young people in the world of work?
With culture and sustainable development at the center of discussion, PIYC 2018 unifies the Filipino youth to define its role in building a better future while being rooted in Philippine heritage.