Two students of Ateneo de Davao University are chosen to attend the 5th Service Learning Program (SLP) of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) on August 5-25, 2012 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Sanata Dharma University, ADDU’s sister Jesuit school in Indonesia, will be the host institution for this year’s SLP. This is Sanata Dharma’s second time to host the program.

After the application and screening process which began in May, the Social Involvement Coordinating Office (SICO) has endorsed Issa Bernalin H. Maslog, 3rd year student in BS Biology and Jubail W. Pasia, 4th year student in BS Chemical Engineering, as ADDU’s official delegates. Their selection and eventual participation this coming August was duly approved by the university president.

This year’s SLP theme of “One Earth, Many Religions: Constructing Dialogue and Solidarity towards the Integrity of Creation” will allow the participants a deeper experience of the interreligious dimension of faith in a place where Islam peacefully blends with other religions in that particular region in Indonesia. Their interreligious experience will hopefully provide them more opportunities for reflective action to promote faith, justice, culture and dialogue, and also make them better stewards of God’s creation.

As a preparation for their three-week participation in the program, the two delegates will undergo a pre-SLP orientation. These include an orientation on the general principles of service learning using the Ignatian pedagogy, as well as on the Islamic culture to be facilitated by the Al Qalam Institute.

ADDU students who participated in previous SLPs were Chris Anthony Limen (accompanied by Ms. Theresa S. Eliab) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2009; Jefford Mamacus (accompanied by Ms. Lilibeth Leh-Arcena) in Cambodia in 2010; and Ianne Angel Aquino, Juslin Pulanco and Joberlyn Manaois, when the program was hosted by ADDU in 2011. (By Ian Clark Parcon, SICO)

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