International Academy for Leadership
Seminar Experiences Captured in Book
|FNF Resident Representative
Siegfried Herzog shares a light moment with IAF Alumni Butch
Abad and Isolde Amante.
To celebrate a year that saw a record number of Filipino
who qualified for the Friedrich Naumann
Foundation’s (FNF) International
Academy for Leadership (IAF)
training programs in Gummersbach,
Germany, the Foundation launched the book:
Notes from the Academy: Filipino Perspectives on Liberal Training
on 14 December 2006 at its office in Makati
City. Notes from the Academy
is a compilation
of IAF reports
, written by participants on their experience.
It presents liberal insights to the issues of education reform,
governance, globalization and human rights.
IAF alumnus and former Education Secretary Florencio “Butch”
Abad spoke on the value of international education
to a gathering of about 30 IAF alumni. He emphasized the “development
of a better perspective from comparing experiences with other
people and the solidarity built with other liberal colleagues”
as two significant lessons learned from his IAF experience. In
fact as a response to the “Euro-centered” liberal
perspectives discussed and as a result of shared concerns with
other Asian participants that there was “no Asian agenda,”
Abad and the other Asian delegates discussed the formation of
the Council of Asian Liberals and
Democrats (CALD) on the sidelines of their conference. CALD,
an umbrella organization of Asian liberal political parties, is
thus an outcome of the personal ties established and ideas exchanged
in an International Academy for Leadership seminar.
Two-time IAF alumna and Sun
Star Daily Managing Editor for News Isolde
Amante applauded Notes from the Academy for its “optimism
— something many political publications don’t offer.”
|FNF Communications Officer
Alexandra Cuyegkeng and Resident Representative Siegfried
Herzog thank Sammy Santos, one of the contributors of Notes
from the Academy.
Amante described the IAF experience as “represent[ing]
democratic life at its peak
—where all the material,
political and social conditions allowed us to be our best individual
She also compared her two Academy experiences with each other.
“In the first seminar I attended, there were no more than
two delegates from each country. This year, in an open and transparent
[online] competition, out of 25 slots reserved in Gummersbach,
six went to Filipinos,” she said. “This experience
renewed my confidence that competition … was not something
to fear, but rather something to prepare for,” she continued.
“That, I think, is both the Academy's gift and its continuing
challenge, and part of the necessary search for the state that
exists for the individual. I think of Notes from the Academy
as a kind of roadmap … for our personal and communal journeys
ahead,” Amante concluded.
FNF Resident Representative Siegfried Herzog thanked the contributors
for sharing their experiences. He noted that the competitive success
of Filipinos in the online seminars is a feather in the cap of
the Filipino liberal family. He predicted that
such online seminars will be an increasingly important feature
in the future.
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