Peace Camp 2 Stakeholders Meet

MARCH 25TH 2009

CFA and its partners have come together for a stakeholders’ meeting in preparation for the upcoming Christian-Muslim Youth Peace Camp: “Christian and Muslim Youth—Spreading the Message of Peace and Unity”. This sets the stage for CFA’s second Peace Camp to be held on its premises on April 27-May 2, 2009.

Hosting the consultation on February 27, 2009 was the CFA team composed of Teresita Hermano (Executive Director), Fr. Filoteo Pelingon, MSC (President), Noel de Leon (Publications and Sales Director) and Bob Lopez (Training Department Head). They were joined by Fr. Carlos Reyes (Executive Secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Interreligious Dialogue) and representatives from Ramon Avanceña High School, Nazarene Catholic School, Peacemakers’ Circle, Young Moro Professionals Network, Catholic Educators’ Association of the Philippines (CEAP) and two alumni of the first peace camp.

The CFA team presented the background of the project including the highlights of the first project from the May 2006 peace camp to its nationwide Traveling Exhibit. CFA’s Executive Director further pointed out various changes in the camp program. To widen the reach of the project, more students from more schools will join this year’s camp – a total of 48 participants from four schools, as compared to the previous 29 students from one school. The project cycle will be two years, not three. The workshops will include team building, painting and poster-making, scriptwriting, dramatics, music, digital photography and powerpoint presentations. Activities that will follow six months and one year later will be workshops on web design and blogging, and on video production. Lectures and discussions on commonalities, peace-building process and history of conflict will also be part of the program. The other project components are: the documentary video, interactive CD and traveling exhibit.

At the end of the meeting, the partners committed to participate in the project and school representatives agreed to send the list of participants and hold parents’ orientation meetings.

Following the Stakeholders’ Meeting, a brainstorming meeting was held on March 7, 2009 to plan out the details of the camp program. The team consisted of Ms. Baibonn Sanguid of the Young Moro Professionals Network, Johanna de la Cruz of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines , Matz Mustapha of Balay and CFA’s Bob Lopez.