CFA Trains Young Ambassadors Of Peace

Mar 8th 2007

They discovered that peace, although elusive, may in fact reign in their midst. This time, they are ready to share it with others.

A total of twenty-seven (27) high school students from Ramon Avanceña High School, Quiapo, Manila underwent training in Public Speaking at CFA last February 1-3. These young people are selected Christians and Muslims who participated in the “Impressions of Conflict, Expressions of Peace” youth camp organized by CFA in Antipolo, Rizal last May 2006. During the 5-day camp, they trained on various media and forms of expression including photography, videography, writing, painting, indigenous music and dramatics. The activities also gave them an opportunity to develop understanding among themselves and consequently build friendships. True enough, they all came to CFA for the workshop as closer-knit and livelier young individuals.

In keeping with its goal to send them off to society and serve as young ambassadors of peace, CFA brought the expertise of Toastmasters’ Club to the group. Toastmasters International takes pride in its ministry of empowering people for change through improving their communication and leadership skills. During the opening program, CFA Executive Director Ms. Teresita Z Hermano welcomed the participants and enjoined them to take to heart whatever new knowledge and skill they bring home with them.

The participants stayed at the CFA dormitories during the workshop. Each day for three consecutive days, they attended activity-packed sessions on public speaking, which incorporated practice exercises. The workshop, aptly titled Speechcraft, was given by a Toastmasters couple composed of Ms. Erlyn L. Castro, who is also Associate Director of Managers for Christ, and husband Fred Castro.

The Speechcraft course was especially adopted for the workshop to provide participants with the most essential skills of an effective public speaker, including voice quality and gestures. It outlined easy techniques in extemporaneous speaking as well as speech preparation and allowed participants to develop self-esteem through lecture and actual application.

Following this activity, a traveling exhibit will take place in different parts of the country. The exhibit is a concrete way of bringing the peace camp outputs, including a documentary of the camp and the participants’ own media creations to various groups and institutions. It will also highlight the participants’ sharing of peace from the lessons they learned and the enriching experiences they shared.

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