Aiming possible positive contributions to local and global societies through joint participation, Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley (PSHS – CVC) campus participated in the Global Youth Forum & FOCUS 2020 Conference last November 13-17, 2020 at Ritsumeikan Uji Junior and Senior High School in Kyoto and Ritsumeikan University Biwako Kusatsu Campus (BKC) in Shiga, Japan.
This forum brought together high school students from 50 Japanese high schools and eight world schools from Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Cambodia, New Zealand, and Australia. The chosen theme for this forum was “Diversity and Inclusion.”
In the project proposal portion, the delegates of the PSHS – CVC tackled the issue of academic performance and mental health. Entitled “Vox Scholaris: Peer-Support Group,” the project highlights the empowerment of the students in supporting their peers in two aspects through peer-initiated activities. With constant development and mentorship, the initial target to reach out the Pisay population expanded to students outside the community.
“Participating in the Global Youth Forum and FOCUS 2020 has been a really great opportunity for us to gain insights and perspectives from other nations such as Taiwan and Japan as well as from our own, the Philippines,” Kaela Bacero, one of the delegates, said.
Rya Jasmin Donelo, also one of the delegates, agreed that they learned a lot on how to approach and solve relevant issues in our society from the mentors as well as from the fellow students we got to work with.
“The most important lesson I learned from this activity is that collaboration with good communication could take us even further than where we are now,” Julienne Agustin, another delegate, added.
While most of the delegates saw the program as an unforgettable experience, for Bacero, her overall experience was thrilling because of the interactions not only with students from Japan, but also with those of neighboring nations.
This February 13, 2020, AFTER FOCUS event is conducted where the participants were able to present the progress of their projects from FOCUS 2020. An online workshop was also conducted featuring Taiwan’s Digital minister, Audrey Tan where she talked about changing society.
The participants were three Grade 10 students: Julienne Agustin, Kaela Bacero, and Rya Jasmin Donelo; and three Grade 11 students: Gabrielle Rose Abad, Ada Jemina Plata, and Karminia Gabrielle Reyes.