AVP- and Friends Peace Teams-Philippines offered regular two-hour online sessions beginning March 27, 2020. On June 19, 2020, we concluded the Online Cultures of Peace Empowerment Workshop with 16 participants from Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Six facilitators from the Philippines and Singapore took turns in facilitating the two-hour sessions. This workshop was co-sponsored by the Student Catholic Action of the Philippines (SCAP) who took care of the logistics in contacting and registering participants and responding to queries.
The Philippines has been on varying degrees of quarantine since mid-March but the pandemic is not yet fully under control. Because of this, we decided to optimize the use of the online platform. In terms of organizing, we save a lot on the food, venue, and transport. We also found that we have more reach. We can easily have participants from different countries all together. Some of them had long hoped to join a workshop, but were too busy before the pandemic.
We are so grateful to Friends Peace Teams and SCAP for generously sharing their Zoom accounts with us. We are also very impressed by the dedication of the participants and facilitators to regularly participate. Many participants felt the breaks in between sessions allowed them to apply the practical tools and skills.