Dakila’s head of partnership engagement Aly Suico made the comment in a chat with Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on Monday, May 13, as people headed to their polling precincts to vote. (LIVE UPDATES: Philippine elections 2019)
Suico, who with Dakila has conducted creative and advocacy workshops in universities nationwide, believes that the youth – aged 18 to 30 years old – know exactly what changes they want to see in their communities. (READ: Youth and elections: Is there such a thing as a ‘youth vote’?)
“They’re a bit more decided on what they know is wrong, what they know is right, what they want, basically,” she said.
For example, she said, students in the Visayas are more interested in environmental sustainability and those in Luzon are focused on safety and security.
However, regardless of their area, their sentiments share a common theme: “Something they all want is for human rights education to be institutionalized in their educational system…and usually at the top of what they want is all Filipinos to have equal access to a fair…and efficient justice system. A lot of them are very affected by disinformation. Again, press freedom is a very big thing with them [and] campus repression in their schools.”
She recalled how, in their workshops, students would share that they’re feeling tired or hopeless as the people they’re trying to reach in their advocacies in turn try to disempower them.
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