IAYSP Oceania Leadership Seminar (Australia)

From 5th – 7th of July 2019, a 3 day Youth and Students for Peace (YSP) Leadership seminar, with the theme “The Role of Youth and Students in Nation Building and Peace”, was held at the Oceania Peace Embassy, Sydney, Australia. Around 61 youth leaders and representatives from 7 different Oceanian nations were present. The lectures were given by guest speaker Dr Robert Kittel, International President for YSP along with the Sub Regional Leader Rev Yutaka Yamada, and IAYSP Oceania Secretary General, Mica Camara.

The seminar opened with a banquet dinner in the evening of July 5th, where Dr Kittel shared a speech on “The Role of Youth and Students in Creating a Culture of Sustainable Peace”. This was followed by a full day of lectures on Saturday the 6th of July, where leaders, youth leaders and youth representatives were presented with lectures on: The Vision and Mission of YSP; Dual Purpose and Pair System; Attributes of True Love; the Importance of Marriage for Society; and the Root Cause of Human Conflict. After each session there was time for questions and answers as well as hearing reflections from representatives regarding the content of the lectures. The day ended with a short introduction to the Four Family Loves Curriculum (FFL), written by Dr Kittel. Each participant was given a booklet of the curriculum and lecture materials. Their homework task was to pick one lecture that they would practice and present to their pair in the following day activity.

The final day of the seminar continued with presentations of YSP and future activities from a representative from each nation, and reflections about the seminar. Some reflections shared were about the hope they felt from being together with youth from many nations having the same vision to bring about a world of peace and create a culture of hyojeong (filial piety). Participants were grateful to have this opportunity to meet and share together with youth from Oceanian nations and hoped to build a network to further YSP activities and education within this region.

The seminar concluded with a graduation ceremony and closing remarks from Dr Kittel and Rev Yamada, each expressing that they were very hopeful after seeing all the youth gathered from the region. This was a new start to conduct YSP activities in this region.