For the first time, we partnered with the Department of Education in Alburquerque, Bohol, through a Gender and Development training session in December with over 90 public-school teachers. Kins Aparece conducted a 3-hour workshop using AVP-Cultures of Peace tools upon the invitation of Ms. Malou Fuerzas-Tolop, the District Supervisor. The participants appreciated how freely and closely they could interact online. They could readily apply the technical skills they learned in a relaxed and interactive manner.
From September up to the present, the College of the Immaculate Conception (CIC), through the Christian Formation Office initiative, gathered faculty and secondary students from all offices for a structured system of listening and sharing, using stopping, affirmation, good listening, and sharing.
We learned that when we offer spaces for people to practice peace, that makes our lives better, healthier, and more capable. But we need champions within the system to advocate for peace. Our schools may be empty, because people stay home, but they still need to learn and practice the tools and skills of peace, to remind themselves and each other that peace is possible, and take action.