My Insight of Moving School Indonesia 2022 and International Youth Day

By Yulius Yohanes Carlos Wawo

“Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages” is the theme of International Youth Day which will be celebrated on August 12, 2022. The development of Youth in the world has always shown interesting things. Almost every incident in this world, Youth is involved in it.

In various fields, various professions as well as various issues in every country in the world, the Youth group plays an active role in it. Young people with their potential, namely having enthusiasm, having ambition, having energy and strong solidarity, are expected to be able to bring change to society.

As we know, the world today has various kinds of problems, plagued by various kinds of conflicts, and endless natural disasters. The theme of International Youth Day 2022 gives momentum for the Youth which is the glue of the generations, it is the Youth that becomes the unifier between nations, and the Youth that unites each group of different religions, tribes, languages and customs, to face every problem in this world.

Indonesia as one of the countries which has tribal, cultural, religious and racial diversity is one example that its youth can be a unifier of this diversity; to face issues in the fields of human rights, politics, gender equality, poverty, tolerance and numerous other things.

Last month, Asian Lay Leaders Forum held a program called Moving School in Indonesia July, 17th – 22nd July 2022. In my opinion, this program related with the theme of International Youth Day 2022. The participants came from different ethnicities, religious, racial and professional backgrounds, who then explored several issues related to Education, Democracy, Corruption and Diversity in Indonesia. We were also introduced to the principles of Synodality, which I interpreted as the principle of walking together, listening to each other and caring for each other.

Participating in Moving School Indonesia, was like entering the candradimuka crater to be buoyed with various kinds of knowledge and was an opportunity to communicate with other young people from different ethnicities, religions, races and customs. Likewise, “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages” is an encouragement for youth in the world, especially Indonesia, to prepare themselves with various knowledge, training, and capacity building so that young people in the world and especially Indonesia can become mobilizers, unifiers and liaisons between generations in the world and are able to create solutions to all problems and conflicts that occur in the world so as to be able to create a world for all ages.

Personally, I am so grateful for the opportunity to take part in the Moving School Indonesia in 2022 organized by the Asian Lay Leaders Forum, hopefully program like this will continue to take place consistently so that many young people in the world, especially in Indonesia, become drivers and future leaders who are able to solve problems in this world.

ALL Forum Successfully Completed Moving School Indonesia 2022 & Online Course for MAP

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, ALL Forum had to bring all of its physical programs to a stand still; ending with Moving School in Vietnam back in February of 2020. But now, Finally after 2 years ALL Forum was successful in organising its week long physical program called Moving School in Bogor, Jakarta, Indonesia. Moving School Indonesia 2022 was a great success, this time it was based on the theme “Synodal Church for Interreligious and Intercultural Citizenship in Indonesia”, held during 17th to 22nd July. We kicked off on the 17th with the opening ceremony held in the evening, post dinner and Introduced ALL Forum and our Moving School Program, Our internal policies including child safeguarding, the rundown of activities and exposure sites. On day 2 we set off for immersion by dividing ourselves into four learning groups and visited the following organisations and spots to engage with them and spend time learning how they function in society.

Morning prayer before start the program.

Morning prayer before start the program.

The first learning group visited Pesantren As-Salam Kampung Ingris, in Gunung Geulis; This Pesantren is indeed special, it is not only a place for religion study, but also international and modern style teaching. Although it is a Pesantran which is run by Muslims the land on which it was build and the fund including its construction was contributed by a Christian family. This place shares deep interreligious harmony and is quite important to learn more about them. The second learning group visited The Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN) & the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community; AMAN is a Non-profit organization that focuses on women and peace. AMAN has been a pioneer in peace education for women at the grassroots, conducting community organizing through women’s groups and conducting national and international advocacy related to Women, Peace and Security.

Fr. Heru Prakosa is delivering lecture in Moving School Indonesia 2022

Fr. Heru Prakosa is delivering lecture in Moving School Indonesia 2022 

The group that visited AMAN also visited Ahmadiyya Muslim Community a revivalist movement in Islam, emphasizing the basic teachings of peace, love, justice and the sanctity of life. The third learning group visited the Indonesian Parliamentary Concerned Community Forum (FORMAPPI) which is a non-profit organization that highlights the performance of parliamentary institutions in Indonesia. FORMAPPI was founded in March 2001 with a background of concern over the development of the parliament (DPR/MPR) which tends to be arbitrary and so dominant over other political institutions. The fourth learning group visited the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) which was born in the midst of the reformation turmoil in 1998. It was fronted by several YLBHI activists. ICW stands with the belief that corruption must be eradicated because corruption has impoverished and undermined justice.

Some if participants with the children from Pesantren Assalam

Some 0f participants with the children from Pesantren As-Salam

The following days after exposure we had a series of five workshops; the 36 participants found the workshops very enriching because of the matters that were discussed. The First session was on “Dialogue with Muslim for promoting Intercultural Spirituality and Citizenship in Indonesia and Asia” by Fr. Heru Prakosa; The second by Ms. Ruby Kholifah from AMAN on “Working for Women’s Rights or Gender Justice Interreligiously in Indonesia and Asia. On the second day Mr. Lucius Karus, FORMAPPI lead the opening session on “Role of Catholic Youth Movements for Democratization in Indonesia Inter-religiously” followed by “Why the gap between the rich and the poor becomes polemic: Empowering Youth and Civil Groups including FABs for a Better World?” by Mr. Daniel Awigra from HRWG. And on the final day Dr.Paul Hwang on “Synodal Church or Synodality in the Final Document and the Papal Exhortation Querida Amazonia for the Better Church & World in Asia”. The program concluded with an enriching cultural night where all the participants showcased their talents and culture in various forms like dance, theatre, poetry, comedy and other forms.

Participants with their own traditional wear before culture night.

Participants with their own traditional wear before culture night.

On a similar note ALL Forum concluded its online course for MAP – Pakistan on Synodality with a special discussion session. The discussion session was very fruitful and we were able to understand various perspectives on Synodality emerging from Pakistan. You can catch up on all sessions of Synodality Online Course on our Youtube Channel.*