IAF Director Visits Alumni Group, Salutes
|Mr Jörg Dehnert address
the IAF Alumni. Among the listeners are former Secretary of
Education Butch Abad and former Under Secretary Chito Gascon.
The International Academy for Leadership (IAF) Director
Jörg Dehnert visited Manila
from March 7 to 9, 2006.
He welcomed this opportunity to touch base with Philippine IAF
alumni and to update them on recent developments at the Academy.
During an informative meeting held at the premises of the Foundation
in Makati City, Mr. Dehnert reminded the Alumni Group that the
IAF program exists to foster intercultural dialogue and
to produce liberal solutions to political questions.
The objective, Mr. Dehnert said, is to train leaders and have
them multiply ideas learned in Germany in their home countries.
With more than 5,000 IAF alumni all over the world, he congratulated
the Alumni Group for being among the pool of “liberal agents”
in their respective fields. In particular he praised the Philippine
group for their excellent participation in the seminars. “I
am not saying this to flatter you because I am here,” Mr.
Dehnert said. “It is the truth. Filipinos are active,
open minded and their contributions are very good.”
To strengthen the impact of the Academy in political education,
Mr. Dehnert spoke about the Academy’s use of the Internet through
two innovations: First is the e-academy which aims to bring liberal
training to even more people. Second, he spoke of plans to develop
an Intranet as a means to network the alumni all over the world.
“We are pleased to welcome IAF Director Jörg Dehnert as
he is someone who richly reminds us of our IAF experiences,” said
FNF Alumni Group Coordinator Essa Remoquillo. “We hope
this ushers in closer cooperation with the Naumann Foundation
and more opportunities for us to live out what we learned and
gained from the trainings.”
During his visit, Mr. Dehnert met with leading representatives
of the liberal Foundation’s partner organizations in the Philippines.
These are the National Institute
for Policy Studies (NIPS), the Regional
Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism (RWG), the
Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats
(CALD) and the Young Liberals
and Democrats of Asia (YLDA).
In an effort to get an update on the situation of organized
liberalism, Mr. Dehnert also held informative talks with
Mr. Henry Bacurnay, Deputy Director General of the Liberal Party
of the Philippines (LP) and Mr. Jan-Argy Tolentino, Secretary-General
of Kabtaang Liberal ng. Pilipinas (Kalipi).
We invite you to view the program
of the International Academy for Leadership and the reports
of Philippine participants.