Wannakanok Pohitaedaoh

Ashoka Fellow
Thailand,
Fellow Since 2014
Luuk Rieng Group (The Association of Children and Youth for the Peace in the Southernmost Provinces of Thailand)

Citation

This profile was prepared when Wannakanok Pohitaedaoh was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2014.
The New Idea
In southern Thailand, as in many other armed conflict areas, young people are often targeted as strategic victims to attract public attention. Wannakanok is equipping orphans from political violence with emotional management and leadership skills to steer them away from self-victimization and vengeance. Convinced that relief effort for young victims of violence alone is not sufficient, Wannakanok is establishing a systematic approach to empower youth and breed a new generation of leaders. Using arts and creative activities, she engages both Muslim and Buddhist orphans in healing camps, training them to support one another and lead the young community away from another generation of violence. By creating formal and informal spaces for youth to exercise their leadership skills, Wannakanok is fostering active citizenship among youth and creating a community that stands up for peace. She is also breaking the exclusion and isolation brought by violence by connecting with mainstream media to bridge the gap of information and to mobilize external support to end violence. Her work has reversed the perception of youth from voiceless victims to ambassadors of peace and development.
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