YOUTH DIALOGUE NARRATIVE AND FINANCIAL REPORT

 

Full name of organization: Shan Youth Dialogue Organizing Team

Office Address:

Person Responsible/Contact Person: Nang Zawm Aye; Harn Leng Moeng

Email(s): zawmaye@gmail.com, sam_mong2002@yahoo.com

Phone Number: 085 035 4691; 0850 3939 14

Fax Number

Project Location/Venue: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Date of Implementation: Late August to mid December

IMPLEMENTATION

Describe briefly the aims and objectives of the project. The project is to improve the capacity of youth of the Shan State, narrow the gap between elders and the youth and enhance active participation of youth in the mainstream of movement for positive change in the Shan State of Myanmar. (Positive change can be cultural, educational, political or literature) Objectives are to: x Bring youth together and share their similarities and differences or ideas x Create cooperation among youth of their activities for better communities  x Improve personal skills of youth through brainstorming, discussion, debating on different issues x Create more understanding between youth and elders and narrow the gap of differences x Encourage youth to give feedback to and take part in what the elders are doing x To initiate cooperation among different indigenous youths x As a part of preparation, enable youth to involve in three levels of governance of Shan State in the future

Explain briefly the activities undertaken, implemented to realize the aims and objectives

First Youth Dialogue
August 26, 2006 at Chang Phuek Hotel, 14 Participants The first dialogue was an active discussion along with active participation of attendees. The main topic on that day was ‘Drawing strategic plans’ in whatever projects (indigenous) youth are doing. The dialogue was concluded after discussion on how the next dialogue should be like and separating tasks for members of organizing team. (First dialogue was conducted just before we received fund from AIPP. The expenses of the meeting were reimbursed when we got fund from AIPP.)

Second Youth Dialogue
September 10, 2006 at Holiday Garden Hotel, attended more than 50 participants  The second youth dialogue could be regarded as the most important or fruitful meeting because it was attended by not only over 50 youth but also renowned leaders and elders. The main topic discussed was ‘the common goal for the people of Shan State’. However, elders and leaders also shared their invaluable experiences. Participants were active discussion and debating. 

Third Youth Dialogue
October 21-22, 2006 at Chiang Mai Garden Hotel, 9 participants  We had postponed our meeting for several weeks because of the military coup and unstable situation followed by the martial law in Thailand. There were fewer participants at the third dialogue because there were also other Shan events on the same days and most youth were not able to attend. However, the meeting was fruitful because of active participation of attendees and helpful experiences of the guest-speaker. The guest-speaker talked about federalism that secures the rights of minority or indigenous people.

Forth Youth Dialogue
October 29, 2006 at Holiday Garden Hotel, about 50 participants The forth dialogue was attended by two Shan prominent leaders. They not only talked about their work experiences but also encouraged youth participation in ever aspect. They also showed the ways how to participate in what they were doing. However, not only the two leaders were sharing but some youth also talked about their work experience and their vision. The topics were ‘youth and literature’ and ‘youth and advocacy’.

Fifth Youth Dialogue
December 3, 2006 at Holiday Garden Hotel, over 40 participants Not only Shan youth but also other indigenous (ethnic) youth of Myanmar attended the dialogue. Participants shared work experiences and talked about their views on youth. The main topic was ‘how to collaborate among ethnic youths’ in any sector. Some participants were students and others were activists. Describe briefly the problems encountered while undertaking and implementing the project and how they were addressed/resolved 
One of the major problems we encountered during the project period was the political situation in Thailand—the unexpected military coup and martial law was declared and we had postponed our activities because most of participants do not have proper ID cards.

 

Describe briefly the make-up of participants. (Please provide the gender and age distribution of participants). Were they the intended participants? How did they take part in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the project? Most of participants are active in their own organizations. Some of participants were students studying at different schools. Some dialogues were attended by more than 50 youth. Proportion between male and female participants can be roughly said balance. (However, there were more male than female participants at the last dialogue). Most of the participants during discussion were very active and ready to debate. They had been frankly expressed out how importantly culture and literature to enhance in their various community. Some of the participants attended such youth meeting as the first time and said, “It’s great to have such meeting and it’s important.”

Describe the feedbacks received from the participants.  A good feedback from participants was to have such dialogue regularly and to be more inclusive as much as possible. Another feedback was that dialogue must be more constructive, positive and logical discussion. (One dialogue after another showed improvement on that matter). Another feedback from outsider or an experienced person was that each dialogue should be a stimulus for action for positive change.

Based on the feedbacks received, give an assessment of the success and shortcomings of the project and how such projects can be better implemented and improved in the future The project can be viewed as the first step to strengthening capacity of indigenous youths through dialogues. Such dialogues should be organized by persons who are experienced in organizing, coordinating, meeting-facilitating and that person should be tactful as well, to prevent misunderstanding and negative discussion during dialogues. As the feedbacks suggest, dialogues must be more constructive and be able to usher positive action for change.

OUTCOMES

Please give a description of the results achieved x Personal skills of each participant, such as organizing, discussion, debating, and public speaking have been improved at a certain level. x Youth learn to cooperate among themselves x Youth learn what the elders think x Participation of youth have increased much more than expected x Youth learn the important of self-reliance thorough different duties and responsibilities which are given during different activities  x Some participants realize that they need to improve their coordinating and compromising skills, which is a good sign

In what ways will this contribute to the strengthening of indigenous communities in the region/area/community?   The project was mainly to improve capacity of indigenous youth and to narrow the gap between the elders and youths. Some activities also aimed to initiate collaboration among indigenous youths .We believe that the indigenous communities will be enhanced either once those participated indigenous youth convey or distribute their knowledge getting through dialogue or turn it into action in their community.

What follow-up and long-term plans are envisaged/identified?  Similar youth dialogues should be carried on not only within an indigenous youth but also between different indigenous youths in the regions. Participants at the last dialogue agreed to have regular meeting or dialogue or youth exchange where every one is free to speak out. Meeting should be more inclusive as mush as possible.

EXPENDITURES

Please provide a detailed financial report (following specific expenditures in each budget head that you submitted to AIPP) with receipts/invoice and other supporting documents

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