Fharnieza S. Mohammad, a Biology student from the College of Science and Mathematics has brought pride to the university as she represented Western Mindanao State University in various youth programs of the National Youth Commission.
She was among the 216 young leaders from all over the country who were chosen to be part of the 10th National Youth Parliament. The NYP serves as a platform for totally driven young leaders who are mostly young professionals from all over the country to discuss issues that address most pressing youth concerns today in connection with health, education, participation and employment. It also serves as a venue where the youth can draft policy recommendations and remedial actions through resolutions that will be lobbied to government and non- government agencies and other concerned stakeholders.
Mohammad also took part in the Malaysia International Youth Exchange Program: an advocacy that aims to strengthen youth participation in preserving culture and heritage. According to Mohammad, this international exchange programme enhanced and strengthened her appreciation of the mutual understanding on cultural diversity and similarity, friendship and co-operation among fifteen ASEAN countries including Russia, Japan, Maldives, Yemen, and Somalia. As the Philippine delegate, she highlighted the beautiful culture and heritage of Zamboanga through dance and song performance. MIYE 2014 gathered these representatives to showcase together different cultures and traditions, to preserve them from extinction and also build smart partnership among youths in the region.
On May 18, 2014, Mohammad was chosen as a facilitator in the ASEAN Youth Council One Asia Forum where she dealt with foreign delegates. This event was a preparation for the post 2015 commitments for Asian Youth Development. The prospects and challenges would serve as the initial input towards the identification of Asian Youth Policy Agenda and proposed action plan post-2015.
As one of the Regional Lead Convenors of NYP9, Mohammad was also invited to attend a 2 day summit organized by the National Youth Commission, Department of Health and World Health Organization with Inter-Agency Group on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH). It aimed to bring together local government agencies, civil society youth organizations and other concerned stakeholders to evaluate the situation and craft programs to address the pressing issues concerning the youth today. They had panel discussions and workshops on adolescent sexual health and behaviour, best practices and current initiatives, and opportunities for cooperation. (CSM Press Release)