The three key places in Hawaii that I treasure the most are the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH), Diamond Head in Honolulu, and the historic house of worship of the Iglesia ni Cristo (the Locale of Hawaii is the first to be established when the church started propagating God’s words from the Philippines to foreign lands). This video brings several memories of the activities I came to cherish with fellow teacher chaperones and student participants from different parts of the world (from mainland US to New Zealand) when we were at the UH. The conference (Partnership for Youth or P4Y: Vision 2030) was sponsored by the East-West Center of Hawaii and the Hiroshima Board of Education (HBOE) of Japan. Students from different cultures were made to work together to work on projects to help their communities and to stand as exemplars for what their generation is capable of achieving once they put their hearts into relevant, practical, and helpful solutions.
Guess who taught this lesson and had students complete this activity. Yes, you got it right – no other than the sister of former US President Barrack Obama, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng. She explained the meaning of mandalas and what each section of the circle was meant to represent. Students were made to reflect on their strengths as responsible citizens. These strengths come from (1) how they define who they are, (2) how they view the world, (3) how they see the communities where they live and grow, and (4) how they value their families, relatives, and friends. This brief snatch of the final output is meant to keep a remembrance of the thoughts that must have crossed the minds of the participants upon completing this task. This activity was one of the first steps everyone in this event took to get started with the real projects that everyone completed and shared in Hiroshima, Japan a year later.