Student learn about rights as Christian teens

19 06 2010

BAU – As part of the three-year theme focus in Asia chosen during last year’s Asian Session and Council on Climate Change, Food Crisis and Human Rights Education; the theme for the recent Young Christian Students (YCS) camp in Kampung Suba Buan, Bau was ‘Human Rights as a Christian Teenager’ focusing on the Human Rights Education with the supporting Scripture from 1 Timothy 4:12 “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith, and purity”.

A number of 140 students ranging from Primary 6 to Form 6 were present for the three-day camp from 8-10 June 2010. It was a home-stay camp where students were taken care by their foster families at the village. Coordinated by Audrey Yap and assisted by Dorothea Chin, the camp opened the eyes of many to see the reality of life and how many others were deprived of their human rights despite the understanding that those rights are there for everyone. In the action plan, students were asked to identify an issue most relevant to themselves and to See, Judge and Act as how Jesus would.

As how God commanded us to love, the students were challenged to act with faith in their actions of defending their basic Christian right of loving others just as how the Father loved us.

Besides sessions and interactive input activities, the camp had two Masses celebrated by Fr Adrian Kho and Fr Simon Poh on the second and third days respectively. There were also Stations of the Cross up a nearby mountain assisted by the villagers, Taize prayers led by the Catholic Youth Movement (CYM) of Kpg Suba and Solidarity Night where the students fellowshipped with each other and the villagers in act of solidarity between urban and rural youths.



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