Student leader cites need to empower youth

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

A STUDENT leader from Ateneo De Davao High School Unit said that empowering the youth implies giving them the power to lead the future and transforming them into effective leaders.

Datu Pax Ali Sangki Mangudadatu, president of the Mindanao Young Student Leaders, addressed some 200 young leaders who attended the three-day 3rd Mindanao Young Leaders Congress in Davao City that started on Friday.

Mangudadatu said this year's congress, dubbed as "Empowering the 21st Century High School Student Leaders," was timely.


"It is indeed imperative that youths must be empowered to address the needs of the future," he said.

Mangudadatu, who is also the president of Ateneo de Davao-High School Unit Student Council, said empowering the youth means transforming them into effective leaders with utmost responsibility to serve the people of Mindanao and the country.

"In molding ourselves, we must possess the right leadership qualities and equipped with the essential knowledge, appropriate skills and the right attitude," Mangudadatu said.

He also shared his grandfather's and father's leadership knowledge, skills and attitude in achieving sustainable development and peace in Sultan Kudarat and in Mindanao.

He is referring to former Sultan Kudarat Governor and Congressman Sultan Pax S. Mangudadatu, Al Haj, and his father is Sultan Kudarat Governor Datu Suharto Tan Mangudadatu, Al Haj.

The young Mangudadatu was recently appointed as Mindanao president of Religious Youth Service of the Universal Peace Federation, a United Nations non-government organization.

"It is my vision to develop youth leaders in Mindanao and the country as young peace ambassadors an instrument of peace through Interfaith Education, Community Services and Leadership Development," he added.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 02, 2014.

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