Zamboangueña Arizza Nocum speaks out in International Youth Summit in Bangkok, Thailand PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 November 2015 16:36

Youth leader and peace advocate Arizza Nocum, the eldest daughter of Armand and Ann Sahi-Nocum of Zamboanga City, continues to bring pride to our city. She will represent the Philippine as a Delegate Speaker in the One Young World Summit at Bangkok, Thailand this week. She will talk in front of 1,300 youth leader delegates from 196 countries.

 

One Young World is a UK-based non-profit organization that organized its first summit in 2010. Past summits were held in London, Zurich, Pittsburgh, Johannesburg, and Dublin. Past speakers and guests include President Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Sir Richard Branson, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Jamie Oliver, and more.

“I will be speaking under the session of Peace & Security. I’m excited to share about how peace is becoming a possibility in the Philippines. While the world mourns for the deaths in Lebanon and Paris, there is no better time than now to talk about conflict and terrorism with other young leaders and discuss how these problems can be addressed,” Arizza shares.

“I am passionate about peace because I am a Filipino "hybrid". My mother is a Muslim from an ethnic tribe in the island of Sulu and my father is a Catholic from Zamboanga province. Growing up, my parents taught me that love and understanding can be nurtured even in the presence of two religions. They taught me to value the similarities between these two great religions, and to understand the differences.”

“I hope that I'll be able to deliver a clear, actionable, and relevant message of peace out there. I know that I have made only a very small contribution to solving conflict, and I will speak not as an individual but only as a messenger of people struggling in conflict in the Philippines,” she adds.

Unlike traditional conferences, One Young World opens up its platform to young delegates. The event is a preeminent global forum for young leaders aged 18-30. It brings together the best young leaders from every country in the world for a week to build connections across borders and design solutions to the biggest problems of the planet. 

The One Young World Summit is second only to the Olympic Games in the number of nationalities representatives. Arizza is one of the 31 young Delegate Speakers selected around the world through a competitive process. 500 people have applied this year.

The Delegate Speakers will play a significant role in the Summit as each will deliver a five minute speech and present their impactful work and personal stories on the global stage. Speakers at previous Summits came from every continent, sharing their experiences, views and opinions with the Summit and the watching world.

Arizza will share the impact and experiences of KRIS (short for Kristiyano-Islam) Peace Library which she has been heading as Administrator since 2001. It is a non-profit organization that promotes education and peace for young people in the Philippines. The first KRIS Peace Library is located at Manicahan, Zamboanga City which has been unfortunately been a jump off point of kidnappers in the past.

So far, KRIS has built 6 libraries Each Kris Library that provides books, computers and educational resources in poor and conflict areas. It has, over the years, become a hub where Muslim and Christian children come together to read, learn, study, and make lasting friendships.

It has donated least 50,000 books over the years to public schools in remote communities - especially in far-flung islands of our country. The books are from generous donors from the Philippines and the world.

Each library hosts numerous learning activities too facilitated by volunteers who have come from Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan and other Asian countries, as well from Europe and Africa, according to Arizza.  It has exposed the kids to appreciate different cultures, she revealed.

Aside from the free library facilities and services, KRIS Library is offering a Scholarship Program for underprivileged children for years. To date, it has sponsored 400 scholarship grants.

Presently, the 21-year old Arizza is an Industrial Engineering student at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She recently joined Singapore Management University’s Southeast Asian Global Undergraduate Leadership Program (SEAGULL) with 20 other promising young leaders from ASEAN.

 

by Dante Corteza

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