Integration Of The Association Of Southeast Asian Nations: An Analysis

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At first, there was the doubt and fear of rejection when Danille Fritzgerald Soria and Lutfiya Al-Qarani knocked every door of the participants of a youth summit to express their excitement of the then upcoming integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The initial concept is simple which was to generally promote awareness of the integration in the online sphere. Their initial invitation was not well received but they were never discouraged and they pushed to convince. Alas, hope began to rise when all the delegates showed up and they found themselves exchanging ideas.
Hunting around the internet, the team recruited several people with great interest over the idea of a regional organization. They had no organized concept
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One challenge that slows down in cultivating a regional identity is the lack of awareness of the youth. A deeper awareness of the youth that they are not only citizens of their country but also of ASEAN, will develop a sense of responsibility to address local and transboundary challenges and to build bridges to connect more …show more content…
In the process, this creates lasting understanding and genuine feeling that they part of a bigger community where they can engage and discuss ideas, build their own capacities, learn from each other and prosper together,” Danille shared.
With the conviction that there is a great power and potential when the youth come together, AYLA had embarked on programs and projects to enhance the awareness of ASEAN. The organization recognizes that despite of many differences among the nations of ASEAN, the existence of poverty, inequalities, injustice, lack of quality education, climate change and natural disasters and unemployment highlight the shared needs to build a real movement and platform that will help transform the lives of thousands of young people in the region.
In the past years, AYLA has conducted interactive group discussions and presentations, skill-building and dialogue sessions with students, young professionals, educators, business and community leaders, government officials to share experiences, strengthen cooperation and explore possibilities in constructing pathways geared towards youth development. To educate about the diversity of Southeast Asia while finding a common ground of experiences and beliefs, AYLA has supported a number of youth exchange and volunteer

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