Many of CFA’s training programs are sponsored by partner agencies, which means that participation is fully or partly subsidized. Sponsored seminars and workshops include the following:
SEMINAR SERIES FOR DIOCESAN MEDIA DIRECTORS
With the support of the Aid to the Church in Need in Germany, CFA has trained many diocesan priests, nuns and lay leaders in various subjects:
Web Layout and Design
Making Effective Powerpoint Presentations
This seminar series ran from 2005 – 2008. CFA conducted a total of 14 workshops over the four-year period, training a total of 415 key church personnel in 51 dioceses, as well as religion teachers and catechists who have multiplier effect.
PEACE CAMPS FOR INTERFAITH DIALOGUE
CFA held its 1st Peace Camp as part of the three-year (2006-09) Training and Electronic Media program titled “Impressions of Conflict, Expressions of Peace” supported by EED, Germany. With the collaboration of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Inter-Religious Dialogue (ECID), the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and the Young Moro Professionals’ Network, the CFA project seeks to promote peace and cultural understanding through the efforts of young people. Starting with a Peace Camp for Muslim and Christian students of the Ramon Avanceña High School, religious and cultural biases are challenged, and communication is used to express reconciliation and the common quest for peace. Art and video productions from the Peace Camp are shown in exhibits that tour various schools all over the country.
A two-year follow-up programme titled “Christian and Muslim Youth – Spreading the Message of Unity” started in the second quarter of 2009. CFA’s 2nd Peace Camp on April 27-May 2, 2009 involved 48 young students from four high schools.
MEDIA EDUCATION FOR POLITICAL AWARENESS
This is a three-year (2006-08) multi-media program which includes a significant training component. There were faciltators’ workshops held in collaboration with project partner PPCRV (Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting) and consultations with media partners and practitioners on the role of media during campaigns and elections.
A three-year follow-up project (2009-11) entitled “Engaging the Youth in the Campaign for Good Governance” includes a youth summit, a songwriting contest and concert, and the production of materials on voters’ education and good governance.
COFFEEHOUSE ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES
This is a monthly public forum on pressing environmental issues, aimed at making young people aware of their role in sustainable development. A guest resource person speaks on a particular topic at each forum, including air pollution, water pollution, renewable energy, sustainable mining, forest conservation, solid waste management, and others.