Since its inception in 2012, the Diversity & Inclusion Youth Camp (DIY Camp), inaugurated by Duli Yang Maha Mulia Raja Zarith Sofiah, Permaisuri Johor, has been organizing annual events and serving as a platform to educate and nurture future global citizens whose view about our world will be guided by the Concept of Moderation in thought and leadership, peaceful co-existence, democracy and rule of law within civil societies, and whose daily action will be demonstrated by how they appreciate, embrace and celebrate the Concept of Diversity and Inclusion.
The Camp aims to examine stereotypes and prejudices, and instil the values of mutual acceptance, appreciation, respect and understanding within the participants. Local and international students from institutes of higher learning have been invited to participate in this three-day residential camp. During the program, these students were exposed to the reality of diversity and its impact on them and societies. They learned about the values of diversity and the skills for inclusion. Most importantly, the students left this Camp as ambassadors of diversity and promoted its significance on their return to their respective institutes and home countries.
It has always been the intent of the Camp, from the outset, to increasingly engage a wider participation and form a broader support base from educational institutions and public and private sectors across the ASEAN region. In June 2017, the organizing committee, under the leadership of Global Movement of the Moderates (GMM), had concluded that 2018 would be the apt time to bring this movement to the next level.
The Diversity & Inclusion Youth Camp has been renamed as the Diversity & Inclusion Youth Conference (DIYC) with a renewed mandate to mobilize our youths in Malaysia and across the ASEAN region, to evolve as a generation that promotes diversity, inclusion and moderation, and to make warm and understanding societies both within Malaysia and throughout the ASEAN region.
The goal of the conference is to nurture young leaders to become global citizens at work and in their communities by:
- Enhancing their awareness of the issues relating to diversity and inclusion among themselves locally, regionally and globally, using lessons learned in Malaysia and across the member-states of the ASEAN.
- Imparting skills to them and providing them with the tools and frameworks to harness the potential of diversity, and to practise inclusion at work and in their community, by using the United Nations model with active deliberation and consensus-building.
- Providing them with a supportive environment to personally experience the power and beauty of diversity and inclusion, with the intent of creating a movement for young moderates for global peaceful co-existence.
- The outcome of the deliberations from the conference can also be shared and disseminated to various regional and international agencies, especially if the discourse is rendered into a form of memorandum.