Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City- November 23-26, 2016 – Fifty children coming from the province of Sulu will participate in the four-day educational tour launched by the Western Mindanao Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines, in collaboration with other agencies, organizations, and Malaysian authorities.

The Muslim Youth’s Educational Tour in Malaysia aims to expose the Muslim youth to a predominantly Muslim society that is peaceful and progressive due to adherence to the law and good governance.

The educational tour also seeks to motivate the participants to be advocates of peace, harmony and good governance, and to counter terrorism by being a force for positive and political change in their communities.

The young participants will be accompanied by facilitators representing the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the National Youth Commission (NYC), the local government unit and the Department of Education (DepEd) of Sulu.

During the four-day educational tour, there will be team-building activities and lectures to be conducted on Malaysian customs and traditions.

Participants and facilitators are also expected to visit the Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia and the local chief executives of Kuala Lumpur.  They will also have a tour of the different landmarks, such as the Malay village; the different Hindu, Buddhist and Christian centers; the Putrajaya, where participants will be briefed on the integration of Islamic laws to the legal system; and the Cyber Jaya, where they will be briefed on Malaysian cyber technology.

Participants will also interact with students, preferably from international schools, and other community leaders.

The participants were airlifted via C-130 from Sulu to the Edwin Andrews Air Base (EAAB) in Zamboanga City at around 9am today, November 22.

In summary, WesMinCom hopes that this youth of Sulu will be inspired to bring positive change and give hope, peace, and progress to be seen and experienced in Sulu for the next generation to cherish.

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