To equip the youth, the main workforce that will drive the nation forward in the future, with resilience and the ability to survive in a perilous society, World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT)’s Huai Sai Project, Nakhon Si Thammarat province, conducted the WVFT Youth Life Skills Enhancement Camp under the theme ‘5 Self-Development Skills to Youth Leadership’ for 60 adolescents in the project area in June 2019 at Khao Luang Resort, Lan Saka district, Nakhon Si Thammarat province. This event was led by WVFT youth leaders from the southern region who had joined the ‘Youth Life Skills Camp’ workshop, the activity under the Positive Youth Development project, that builds youth capacity to become facilitators. On this occasion, these young people from the south had an opportunity to utilise the knowledge and skills they have gained as they were serving as speakers and transferring what they’ve learnt to their peers in the community, with the help of Hua Sai Project staff, who gave them mentoring support.
At the same time at Tontarn Resort, Nakhon Si Thammarat province, the other similar youth life skills camp was held for young people throughout the southern region, including Khura Buri Project and Takua Pa Project, Phangnga province; Kanchanadit Project, Surat Thani province; and Pak Phayun, Phatthalung province.
The 5 skills that enhance youth potential supported in these WVFT youth camps under the Positive Youth Development Project include critical thinking, emotional management skills, communication skills, relationship building skills, and social responsibility.
Phuridet, a young man from Hua Sai Project, said, ‘I can make use of the knowledge gained from the camp in real life’.
Tawan, from Takua Pa Project, discussed what the camp gave him: ‘The camp has made me understand that development begins with the right mindset. This start will contribute to sustainable development’.
Ning, a youth leader who was also one of the speakers at the camp, said proudly with a smile: ‘Because of the camp, I have been accepted by my peers as a leader’.
World Vision Foundation of Thailand has included the Positive Youth Development Project in the implementation framework of 47 out of the total of 76 projects in 42 provinces nationwide in order to strengthen the capacity within the youth and promote their work readiness and provide adolescents in remote areas to have an opportunity to develop themselves so that they will grow up to become productive citizens in the future.