2020,undoubtedly, is a one-of-a-kind year that has redefined a lot of things for us all. There were moments filled with uncertainties, worries, and sorrow. However, we can’t undermine moments that were filled with relief, hope, and gratitude. The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to halt all of our plans and required us to adapt to the circumstances in no time.
We begin assembling the Annual in August, with the help of the AIYA National team. We want to express our sincere gratitude, especially to Clarice and Anita, for always guiding us throughout the journey to create this Annual for the AIYA community. The Annual would also not be complete without the touch of the graphic design team! They have successfully delivered the core theme of the Annual through their design, which we hope you can enjoy as well.
With all of the team scattered between Australia and Indonesia, we conducted all of our discussions online. Regardless, we were able to contribute to the Annual and overcome the obstacles that were present. Through the whole process, the purpose of AIYA—to strengthen the relation of both of our countries through youth engagement—is realised. Therefore, it is safe to say that the 2020 AIYA Annual is the creation of Australian and Indonesian youths, which reflect our passion and love for both nations.
Despite all of the extraordinary challenges we are up against this year, AIYA’s presence and the organisation’s essence to its members do not wither away. Reading through what the chapters have been up to in the past year was truly inspiring and hopeful. Before the pandemic, the chapters kicked off the year with various events, including AIYA Kongres, AIYA Goes to School and Language Exchange. When the pandemic started to take a turn for the worse, events and agendas were moved online. All of the chapters have shown a really impressive response to the shift by keeping engaging with members. It is also great to see how a lot of chapters are collaborating with each other in the past year!
On top of all that, we had the honour to read our members’ wonderful submissions, which you can see in the Annual! We received numerous writings and art creations, and we were amazed by the creativity and effort that were put into each piece.
The 2020 AIYA Annual is created to celebrate the wonderful things that happened throughout the year. It has been a rather difficult year for all of us, so we hope this Annual will give you a sense of comfort and consolation by looking back at all the things we did in these extraordinary times. To all our readers, don’t forget to pat yourself in the back once in a while for pulling through and remind yourself of all the wins you have achieved, no matter how small they are. Let’s enter 2021 with a new spirit and hope! Until then, please stay safe and healthy.