Youth Peace Camp Bridges The Muslim-Christian Divide

June 7th 2006

E xpressed in a brushstroke, a penned idea, a dialogue or two and through camera lens and bamboo, peace is what 29 Muslim and Christian students of Ramon Avancena High School truly aspire for.

CFA, proponent of the Children and Peace project gathered youth participants in a summer peace camp last May 8-12 at Maryhill, Taytay. The project is being funded by Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Church Development Service, or EED) of Germany. CFA’s partners include the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Inter-religious Dialogue and National Council of Churches in the Philippines. The camp, titled “Impressions of Conflict, Expressions of Peace” aimed at empowering Christians and Muslims to work together for peace, with young people as catalysts. Through focusing on their similarities, whether in faith or identity, participants and facilitators alike gained a new perspective in achieving lasting peace.

The participants went through a series of media workshops, which served as avenues of thet expressions of peace. Trainers from CFA, PETA and HIBLA taught them the basics of painting, writing, dramatics, photography, video production and music using ethnic instruments. Short but informative sessions on the roots of Christian-Muslim conflict, conflict resolution and commonalities of these faiths were given. Group dynamics and teambuilding activities also spiced up the camp.

Watch out for the travelling exhibit of peace camp outputs in schools and selected malls nationwide soon!


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