SIGA 2018: A gathering to unite and contribute for the betterment of humanity
Some 230 delegates from Asean nations and Japan spent a gainful time in social and economic activities at the SSEAYP International General Assembly (SIGA) 2018 in Bandung, Indonesia, from 20 to 22 April 2018.
Bandung, the capital city of West Java Province, is a well-known centre for learning and creativity.
The Singapore contingent, 49 in number, comprised former SSEAYP Participating Youths and National Leaders, officials from the SSEAYP International Singapore and foster families of SSEAYP or the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme.
This year’s assembly, the 30th, carries the theme “In the spirit of art, heritage and youthpreneurship”. The theme offered lively panel and group discussions on the three aspects of the theme.
SIGA is held annually in Asean countries. In the last two years, SIGA was held in Cambodia (SIGA 2016) and in the Philippines (SIGA 2017).
This was my third participation in SIGA though my wife and I have been annually hosting the participants of the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) for over 20 years since 1989.
“Part 1 – SIGA 2018: An assembly of wisdom, contribution, togetherness and fun”, published last week on 19 May in this blog, carried a number of photos that gave a glance of the delegates, divided into groups, participating in workshop discussions and presentations of their findings as well as their participation in youthpreneurship activities.
Khairul Ariffin, right, a delegate from Brunei Darussalam, whose comments were quoted in Part 1 of the article, emailed: “I humbly appreciate the effort of featuring me in your blogspot. It is a rare moment. Please do not be hesitant in contacting me if you need any information that is related to Brunei. I would gladly help. Enjoy the rest of the Ramadhan, Sir!”
Another two delegates, after reading Part 1 of the article, observed:
(1) Thank you so much for the article. I’ve read the article and it sums up the activities we did back then. Salam, and have a great Ramadan.” – Fatimah Zakiyah, Indonesia.
(2) “It was a great article! The report would be a strong motivation for the readers who were former Participating Youths and officials to to join SIGA .” – Aiko Saito, Japan.
In this Part 2 segment of the article, photos of the participants taking part in out-door activities, like visits to a strawberry farm, Kawah Putih hot-spring lake and social contribution at Cibunut Village, are presented.
The following photos provide a glimpse of togetherness and fun the participants had when participating in the activities.
A group of 15 people, in the spiritual of discovering Bandung, went to a strawberry farm, Bambooberry, where they could pick, if they want to, as many strawberries as they desired, and purchase them by the kilogram.
The Singapore delegates, during a “choice in the visit programme”, took the opportunity to go to Kawah Putih (White Crater) which features a large and beautiful lake of clouded turquoise mist. The group also explored the area and enjoyed the stunning view of the lake and tea plantations around them from the hanging rope bridge.
Cibunut Village or Cibunut Berwarna (Colourful Cibunut) is an environmentally-friendly village that aims to have zero-waste. Indeed, the village has sections of villages houses painted in different colours like orange, green, blue and so on with their walls showing equally colourful eye-catching murals.
To this beautiful and unique village the SIGA Bandung went to assist the community to achieve their objective of managing waste and to contribute in some social activities like upcycling waste, cooking traditional dishes and managing the organic waste, door-to-door campaigning in waste management, making biopores (infiltration holes) and painting murals.
“I was mesmerised to see how excited the Cibunut residents were to welcome the SIGA 2018 Asean and Japan delegates to visit their village.
I learnt a lot from this community, especially in their dedication to create zero waste and eco-creative village. I cherish their strong bonding and togetherness in carrying out the waste management project.
Despite the language barrier, it is heart-warming to see the Cibunut people and the SIGA participants interacting very well.
I received positive feedback from SIGA participants that they enjoyed their time in Cibunut, a very colourful village. Also, from the Cibunut side, they were once worried about serving their best to the visitors, however, they could feel that they were well-accepted by the visitors and were very happy about it.
I love their hospitality and genuine heart to support SIGA. To bid goodbye after the activity in Cibunut was a melancholy moment for me. It reminded me of my SSEAYP homestay days. How I wished I could stay longer with them.
To see everybody worked together to make this event a success, is extremely rewarding to me.”
– Ms Icu Surtini Marwati, an Indonesian delegate in SIGA 2018 who was a Participating Youth of SSEAYP 2012 and Assistant Youth Leader of the Indonesian Contingent of that year. Currently she is the Director of Social Contribution Activities of SSEAYP International Indonesia. In SIGA 2018, Ms Icu presented their project, “Retype for Brighter Literacy”, which was dedicated to Indonesia’s blind and partially-blind fellow-Indonesians.
“Participating in the 30th SIGA Bandung was an unforgettable experience.
I am a first timer in SIGA and I realised that the activities were good and interesting for youths to gain knowledge and experiences.
The activities made us more confident about ourselves in promoting our ideas and countries to others. The friendship gained and knowing different cultures make the world a better place to live without any concerns about race, religion and culture.
The delegates were friendly, and the ambience of this event was good. It gave me confidence to talk to some of them from the Philippines, Japan, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore about Bandung. As a local citizen of Bandung, I was proud to tell Bandung’s history and arts.
What we did in Cibunut village under the social contribution activity was good. We advised the people not to throw their waste anywhere they liked but in proper rubbish bins which have been provided. We learned about Singapore’s experiences in making the country clean and green. I hope all Indonesians would join hands with other countries in such ‘keep clean and green’ projects.”
– Fatimah Az Zakiyah, a medical student at the Bandung Islamic University, who is a volunteer for the Cibunut Village visit during which she accompanied Ms Keeoudone from Laos and Mr Shaik Kadir from Singapore for the door-to-door waste management discussion. Being a native Sundanese, she translated English to Sundanese/Indonesian when Ms Keeoudone spoke while Mr Kadir spoke in Malay which was understood by the hosts.