The East Africa Regional Training and exchange was held on the theme “Building the Future of Young People through Innovation and Entrepreneurship” in Lilongwe, Malawi from 25th August-1st of September 2018.Young leaders from Young Christian Workers (YCW) movements in East Africa region were engaged in seven days of meetings, sharing, learning, reflection, exchange, and deepening their understanding on the realities lived by the young people from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia and Malawi.
What we do
In September this year I was given a precious opportunity to attend the ICYCW Asia Leaders’ Meeting of training and exchange held in Butuan-City, Philippines.
As a part of the preparation, Korea YCW studied the situation of life of young people in our country in order to bring to the meeting young people’s concerns, worries and hopes to share with other YCWs in Asia. This included reflection on: Internet addiction, extremely expensive tuition at the University and obligatory military service for young men.
Origin of the Project
In May 2003, during a meeting of ICYCW International Chaplains - past and present – the lack of visibility of the ICYCW at international level was noted. From this came the idea of launching a big international survey on young workers.
The survey is an opportunity to get to know new young people and to deepen our relationship with those that we know in a superficial way. It is an oppotunity to discover what the other person is experiencing with regard to work, not only the conditions or salary but also the meaning that the experience of work has for young people. It means going right to the origins of the YCW when cardijn, still a young priest, asked the young people in the street “how are you getting on at work? what are the conditions like?