SSC Participates in the 5th CEAP BIDAHAN in DLS Zobel
Twelve college student leaders and administrators from the Student Affairs Office joined the 5th BIDAHAN of the Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP) – NCR last November 29-30, 2014 at De La Salle Zobel in Alabang, Muntinlupa. The overnight youth camp was attended by more than 300 high school and college students and more than 30 teachers and moderators from Catholic schools in the National Capital Region (NCR).
CEAP organizes different legs of the BIDAHAN program not only in the National Capital Region (NCR), but also in different parts of the country, going as far as Visayas and Mindanao, pushing the youth to take the stand and be themselves the change they want to see in our county. The BIDAHAN concept of being the “bida” (stand out) and being the change is the foremost advocacy of the program, encouraging students to be more socially, culturally and politically aware of their surroundings, through different interactive activities, seminars and workshops. The youth camp focuses on instilling and inspiring the youth to be aware on the issues in society and to take active role in the movement for change.
BIDAHAN is conducted by youth leaders where the participants have a chance to interact with students from different schools. Sharing on various relevant and crucial topics in society was also done by invited speakers. Youth who have joined the camp in the previous years are called back as facilitators, helping to spread what they have gained from the previous runs of the program. For this year’s BIDAHAN, the issues on climate change, political reform were discussed by competent speakers. Before the camp ends, the students came up with the action plans of action for their particular school. As the students move forward with the activities, parallel sessions are also done with the teachers and moderators to equip them with knowledge to be able to understand the issues being presented as well as the plans of action that the students came up with will which be implemented in campus.
The spirit of BIDAHAN did not end with the closing ceremony and taking of the BIDA pledge. Participants were invited to continue the BIDA spirit by joining the core group, and help with conducting the youth camp in different parts of the country. Monthly meetings are also scheduled for the BIDA alumni to follow up and further hone what they have discovered through the program.
By: Divina Shewakramani
College Student Council Officer