ALSPA UPDATE: SUGPAT fellows immerse in children’s rights, youth legislation, and human dignity

The 33 SUGPAT Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts (ALSPA) Fellows underwent sessions on children’s rights, youth legislation, and human dignity for the first term of their classes.

“For the first half of the curriculum, we wanted to establish a solid grounding and focus on the core of the fellows. We believe these topics are the necessary foundation before the fellows proceed to their project management classes in the second term,” Rogin Eribal, SUGPAT Education Specialist, said.

At the end of the program, the SUGPAT Fellows are expected to develop a capstone project which will attempt to address an issue in their community.

The sessions on Children’s rights are handled by Shareen Hayudini, a faculty member of the Social Sciences Department of School of Liberal Arts in Ateneo de Zamboanga University.

In the first term of their classes, the fellows were able to tackle Universal Declaration of Human Rights, History of Human Rights, Categories of Human Rights, Rights-holder and Duty-bearer, and Civil, Political, Social, Economical and Cultural Rights.

As a culmination to this subject, Hayudini led an immersion with the Ateneo community where fellows interviewed different students on their access to safe, quality water, one of the rights enumerated for children.  

The fellows also had sessions with different topics under youth legislation with their coaches from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University College of Law.

The ALSPA Fellows learned about SK Reform handled by Eunice Serneo, Juvenile Justice System by Cherie Fe 

Banayan, Child Abuse by Dan Carnacete, Circumstances of Minority by Haibe Joe, Custody of Minors by Alayka Annudin, Violence Against Women and Children by Mary Ann Alba, Drugs Act by Jordanna Lati

p, Youth in Nation building by Stephy Polinar and lastly, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Barangay Justice System by Kelvin Culajara.

Part of the first term of classes were sessions on Human Dignity and Design Thinking handled by Eribal and SUGPAT-ADAP Program Director Kiko Miranda respectively.

The fellows were able to know the foundational concepts of the Human Dignity Curriculum developed by the World Youth Alliance.

Under Miranda’s sessions, the ALSPA fellows discussed the AdZU Mission, Vision and Values, Eid’l Adha, leadership traits, and processed the SUGPAT Youth Talks #2 which the fellows attended.

The fellows will have a term break from their regular classes for the month of September to make way for their ”SUGPAT HeART Intensives: Photography and Digital-Storytelling Workshop” with renowned mentors Ralph Eye (Photography) and Xeph Suarez (Filmmaking). 

The second term will formally begin on October.

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