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Outline of the Discussion Program and the Post-Program Session

of the 36th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program in 2009

1. Purpose
The Discussion Program intends to encourage the Participating Youths (PYs) (1) to deepen
their understanding of the current situation of the various fields in each country; as well as
(2-a) to promote mutual understanding; (2-b) to improve the PYs’ skills in exchanging views
with other participants; and, (2-c) to enhance their abilities in presenting their own ideas in
public, through a free-flowing and active exchange of opinions.
Meanwhile, the Post-Program Session intends to utilize the results of the Discussion Program
and encourage the PYs’ active participation in social activities after the SSEAYP.

2. Theme
(1) Common Theme
The common theme for the Discussion Program and the Post-Program Session in SSEAYP
2009 shall be:
“Youth Participation in Social Activities”
The youth, as young leaders, are expected to play an important role in the
revitalization and prosperity of their societies. This Discussion Program/
Post-Program Session will provide an opportunity for the PYs to reflect on the
importance of their participation in social activities by understanding the current
situation in each country and discussing possible activities in various fields. Their
active participation in social activities after the SSEAYP is highly encouraged.

(2) Group Themes

The Discussion Program shall follow the common theme and under it are eight (8) “group
themes”. Each discussion group shall comprise of more or less the same number of PYs
from different contingents.
a Cross-cultural Understanding
b Environment
c Food Culture / Food and Nutrition Education
d International Relations
e School Education
f Traditional Culture
g Volunteer Activities
h Youth Development

3. Proceedings
(1) General
The PYs shall be divided into eight (8) discussion groups according to their preferred
group themes prior to embarkation. Everyone shall join the group discussions onboard
according to their final group theme assignments. Each group discussion shall be
administered by a Facilitator. The results of the discussions shall be presented by each

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group in the Presentation Session and a consolidated discussion report shall be submitted
to the Administration.
After concluding the Discussion Program, the PYs shall then proceed with the
Post-Program Sessions, where there will endeavor to convert the results of the discussions
into implementable collaborative projects. The activity shall include selecting feasible
post-program projects and formulating action plans, among others. The Post-Program
Sessions shall be facilitated by the PY Steering Committee Members and the
representatives of the alumni associations to the Onboard Ship Conference (OBSC).

(2) Detailed Schedule

The schedule of the Discussion Program is as follows.
August 6-7 Facilitators Meeting (Tokyo)
[The objective of each discussion group shall be finalized]
September National Leaders Meeting (Tokyo)
29-30 [The Government of Japan decides the groupings
of PYs according to the questionnaires;
provides basic information and pre-program assignments;
and, launches group-based mailing lists.]
By the time of PYs shall deepen their knowledge on their respective group
Embarkation themes in preparation for the Discussion Program and
Date accomplish the appropriate pre-program assignments provided.

November Japan-ASEAN Youth Leaders Summit

Country 1-3 [Discussion Group Meeting; Discussion Session;
Program in Group Presentation, Presentation of Message]
Japan November 4 Institutional Visits relevant to Group Themes
[Each discussion group may be divided into two small groups.]

November 5 Group Meeting

19:45-20:45 [Selection of PY Steering Committee Members]
November 6 1st and 2nd Discussion Program Steering Committee Meeting
10:45-12:00 [Discussion of the details of implementation;
November 7 Preparation for Introductory Program]
November 8 Introductory Program
10:00-17:00 [Explanation of Discussion Program details to PYs;
Each contingent may present particular cases
of social activities in each country.]

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November Group Discussion I, II, III
9, 10, 11 [Run by Facilitators and PY Steering Committee Members]

Country November 13 Institutional Visits relevant to Group Themes

Program in the

November 16 Group Discussion IV, V

14:15-17:00 [Run by Facilitators and PY Steering Committee Members]
November 17
Onboard November 17 Review of the Outcome of Discussions / Preparation for
14:15-17:00 Presentation
[Run by Facilitators and PY Steering Committee Members]
November 18 Presentation of Discussion Results
10:00-17:00 [Presentation and sharing of discussion outcomes]

November 23 Post-Program Session I (by Discussion Group)

10:00-12:45 [Run by Facilitators and PY Steering Committee Members;
Discussion towards Post-Program Activities]
November 23 Drafting of Reports by Each Group
14:15-17:00 [Run by Facilitators and PY Steering Committee Members]
November 29 Post-Program Session II (by Contingent)
10:00-12:45 [Run by PY Steering Committee Members]
December 13 Post-Program Session III (by Contingent)
10:00-12:45 [Run by OBSC representatives and PY Steering Committee
December 14 Post-Program Session IV (Plenary Session)
10:00-12:45 [Run by OBSC representatives]
December 14 Post-Program Session V (Preparation for Debriefing Session by
14:15-17:00 Discussion Group)
[Run by PY Steering Committee Members]
December 17 Debriefing Session
16:00-17:30 [Resolution for Post-Program Activities by Discussion Group]

¾ Facilitators will arrive in Japan on October 30, and disembark from the ship in
Singapore on November 25.
¾ OBSC representatives will embark on the ship in Brunei Darussalam on December 10,
and depart from Japan on December 20.

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4. Focus of Group Themes
(1) Cross-Cultural Understanding
Discuss what youths can do to enhance and promote cross-cultural understanding toward
establishing a caring and sharing global society.

(2) Environment
Discuss what we can do to develop environmentally friendly and sustainable society.

(3) Food Culture / Food and Nutrition Education

Discuss what we can do to actualize sound dietary life throughout the lifetime, by discussing
traditional food culture, agriculture and food supply in each country.

(4) International Relations

Discuss the current and possible future partnerships between ASEAN and Japan under the
age of globalization.

(5) School Education

Discuss what the PYs (as youth) can do to educate and encourage the school children to take
active role in social activities in the local and global community.

(6) Traditional Culture

What is the value of traditional culture in modern society and how to pass it on to our future

(7) Volunteer Activities

Discuss what we can do to encourage active participation of the youth in community-based
volunteer activities.

(8) Youth Development

Discuss what we can explore on PYs leadership skills required in initiating youth
development activities in the community.

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