Secondary school students across ASEAN converged in a summit
The first ASEAN Convergence Secondary Schools Summit (#AC3S), held last February 21-23, 2019 at Lima Park Hotel in Batangas, convened secondary schools from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines to collaborate, interact, and realize the important role the youth of ASEAN play.
Organized by FAITH COLLEGES, #AC3S, a three-day summit, brought together secondary schools across ASEAN to promote ASEAN collaboration and build a regional mindset. It was also the summit’s goal to make ASEAN relatable and tangible to the youth. This program was supported by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and embassies of ASEAN member states. Schools in attendance to the summit’s inaugural run were SMP Negeri 6 Makassar of Indonesia, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Guar Perahu of Malaysia, Raffles Institution of Singapore; and for the Philippines, Lyceum of the Philippines University - Batangas, Miriam College - Nuvali, University of Perpetual Help System Laguna, FAITH Catholic School, and Fidelis Senior High School.
Among the speakers were Asst. Director Romeo Arca Jr. of the ASEAN Secretariat; Director Aian Caringal of the DFA; Executive Director Jeroen Schedler of Passage to ASEAN (P2A); Ms. Clarissa Delgado, founder of Teach for the Philippines; Ms. Jam Acuzar, founder of Bellas Artes Projects; and Mr. Ruel Amparo, founder of Cropital, who discussed the role of the youth, how they can contribute to various international efforts, and what existing ASEAN projects they can take part in.
The next run of the summit in 2020 will be billed as the ASEAN Convergence Youth Summit. Hence, this will enable tertiary or college students to become part of this journey.