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The Blue Ribbon Global
Description/achievement of initiative

The Blue Ribbon Global offers student-centered education (15 to mid-30s) for building peace and unity in diversity by internalizing good character Values and externalizing values through Community Engagement and Environmental Care Projects. The program facilitates relationships and partnerships among youth to become borderless peacemakers and closely mentors potential leaders.

Implementation methodologies

TBR teaching-learning methodology follows UNESCO's Education for Sustainable Development that emphasizes three domains: cognitive, socio-emotional and behavioral. Workshops consist of engaging activities, i.e. active learning and self-directed learning. Teaching materials, soft copies consist of power points, props list, Training of Facilitators (TOF) materials, co-facilitating experience, class observations, soft copies of training booklet and student handbook. Google Classroom set up for each hosting country also connects the youth from various countries on one platform and on-line learning materials. Other digital learning materials accessible for the facilitators are Kahoot Game, GQR codes, and links to relevant Google Forms. Assessment materials are also provided when the education is run as one year subject at high school. TBR meets the local young peace leaders and program facilitators face-to-face or virtually a few times a year to discuss local situations, to provide continuous training, mutual support, collaboration, and celebrate friendships.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

TBR provides continuous mentoring as long as the relationship prevails with the partners. Continuous training for face-to-face and virtual learning, however, is provided during the first two years. Then onwards, young peacemakers are encouraged to meet-up and share about their work and learn from each other during the annual Young Peacemakers UnConference (YPuC). This gathering started informally in 2016 between youth peacemakers in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and internationals that reside in Singapore. In 2018, TBR's officiate this together with University of Malaya. This year, 2019, YPuC will be hosted in September by TBR's Malaysia's partner, UCSI Group - SDGs office and UCSI University, Malaysia. The outcomes of this program are (1) formation of committed and trained youth that can work on reconciling multicultural tension and relationship building within its own local community (2) belongingness and support among the young peacemakers for borderless peace network and non-violence conflict resolution.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The country's program host, its partners, and TBR's local partners decide collaboratively on aspiration, strategies, and implementation of the peace and unity education and the capacity building of the local facilitators and trainers. TBR provides its teaching-learning content, delivers the education, and raise and empowers local facilitators and trainers to gradually take the leading role in running this education program. The local hosts normally organize and host the peace programs with TBR's guidance and increasingly move towards independence. Key leaders from various countries meet each other too during annual unconference or when they volunteer together in different countries or locally. The fund is raised through training fees, sponsorship, and volunteerism.


UCSI Group (Malaysia), Bodynits BBA, Goducate (Philippine), UNHCR Malaysia, El-Shaddai LCtr, Pathways for Mutual Respect (USA)
Progress reports
Goal 1
1.a - Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions
Goal 4
4.3 - By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university
4.4 - By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
4.5 - By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations
4.7 - By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
4.c - By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States
Goal 5
5.1 - End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
5.2 - Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
5.5 - Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
Goal 10
10.2 - By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status
Goal 13
13.3 - Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
Goal 16
16.a - Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime
16.b - Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development
Goal 17
17.16 - Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
17.17 - Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Data, monitoring and accountability
Launched the 1st Peace Ambassadors Workshop in Batam, Indonesia
Launched the 1st Peace Ambassadors Workshop (peace and unity education) - trained 23 youth M'sia
Launched the 1st Peace Ambassadors Workshop in Singapore
Trained almost 2000 youth and 100 co-facilitators Malaysia, Philippine, Indonesia, Singapore
Financing (in USD)
20,000 USD
In-kind contribution
printing, transportation, manpower, gardening materials for environmental project
Staff / Technical expertise
TBR Founder - education content developer, entrepreneur, and trainer; UCSI Group provides marketing, graphic design, accounting staff for TBR Malaysia; permaculturist, senior lecturers, copy writers, journalists,
Other, please specify
volunteerism and venue sponsorship

Basic information
Time-frame: September 2013 - Dec 2030
UCSI Group (Malaysia), Bodynits BBA, Goducate (Philippine), UNHCR Malaysia, El-Shaddai LCtr, Pathways for Mutual Respect (USA)
Contact information
Norani Abu Bakar, Executive Director (Founder), norani.abubakar@DL2GO.org
United Nations