Training completes the communication mission of CFA because it enables us to share and impart varied experiences and skills that we have accumulated over many years of development communication work. What we do, we also teach.
Our Training Department conducts workshops and conferences for specific groups such as church communicators, development workers, educators, students and alternative media practitioners, or for other people who may be interested in learning development communication skills. Our students and participants come from the Philippines and other Asian countries.
The training we provide is grounded in the words of CFA’s founder, Fr. Cornelio Lagerwey: “The science which uses communication to change and motivate people through education and inspiration towards development is development communication or simply, DEVCOM.” Its primordial approach is the unity of content and creative media.
CFA offers a wide range of seminar topics, from information technology, media writing and production, values formation, media for non-formal education, media advocacy and people empowerment. Some workshops are sponsored and conducted for specific groups, while others are open to the general public, although some may be subject to a registration fee.
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Akyon Kabataan is a continuing program which intends to mold a generation of critical thinkers, engaged doers and committed citizenry. It also aims to gather data and feedback for the institutionalization and production of reference materials and training modules.
A seminar-workshop on empowering people through citizen journalism. The participants came from different Church organizations, NGOs, schools and people’s organizations. Some hailed from India, Pakistan, Myanmar. After going through the basics of news and feature writing, ethics of journalism, and photo and video journalism, the participants were sent to the field on “immersion” trips. “Our News” was made possible by a grant from the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) based in Canada.
Paglinang is a 3-wave training-workshop series that presented ways to develop learning materials from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3 in all learning areas for teachers to implement the first language-based curriculum in from the early years to early grades.
Katha, is a spin-off from Paglinang, only this was more community-based and an additional Parent-track was included in the design to bridge the learning gaps between the homes and schools. The training-modules and output from these training series were consolidated and published as Mulat-Likha.
These two comic magazines feature the illustrated adventures of four young people, turned heroes, as they overcome indifference and get engaged in safeguarding the election. The initial concept was intended for the use of Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV). The voters manual-magazine features articles, activities and the boardgame “Voters Tsunami”, which provide information on Philippine elections and PPCRV’s role.
It is now being evolved into an animated series and a full-blown board game.
One of our founding father’s assignment when he arrived in the Philippines, was to organize catechism classes for public school children in Nueva Ecija. Fr. Cor ended up staying in the country.
His legacy stays alive as CFA continues to give a series of formation programs for volunteer catechists, based on the work of the Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (ECCCE) — particularly on their Basic Formation Program: Training Catechists for the 90s. The lessons in these books cover both the doctrinal input and teaching methodology. Now it has extended its coverage to the lay and the faithful to be able to assist them in producing innovative and appealing learning materials.