Student formators from 19 Catholic schools all over western Mindanao converged at the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) IX’s 1st WesMin JEEPGY Workshop for Student Formators last month at Harmony Village in Pitogo, Zamboanga City.
While many of CEAP’s activities have been centered on student leaders and their formation such as BIDA (hero) youth camps, the said workshop focused on the Formators, specifically the social action or student activity coordinators, in recognition of their indispensable role in the holistic growth and development of students.
“While there is the need to develop in students a social conscience, it is equally important to take care of those who develop them - the Formators, who journey with them,“ said AdZU president Fr Karel San Juan SJ who is regional trustee of CEAP IX and president of ZAMBASULTAPS, educational organizations of which AdZU is a member.
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During the workshop, student formators were oriented to the social agenda outlined in the advocacy framework of CEAP's pillar programs JEEPGY or Justice and peace, Ecological integrity, Engaged citizenship, Poverty reduction, Gender equality, Youth empowerment. These are also the elements that form part of the conscientization process of the students under their care.
The three-day event was organized by CEAP-IX, Zamboanga Basilan Sulu Tawi-tawi Association of Private Schools (ZAMBASULTAPS) and Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU), in partnership with Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB). Leading the CEAP team from Region IX and ZAMBASULTAPS is coordinator Annie Ebreo.
The SLB team, composed of Cecille Turrecha and Karlo Abadines facilitated the session on perspectives of social agenda, while Ateneo Peace institute (API)’s Peace Advocacy Officer Ruth Guerrero lectured on Self-Awareness and Transformative Education in Catholic Schools.
AdZU president Fr Karel San Juan SJ, also CEAP-IX regional trustee and ZAMBASULTAPS president, celebrates Mass with workshop delegates and organizers
Reflection/communal prayers formed the unique part in the workshop. Guerrero, who served as Program Coordinator for JEEPGY CEAP-IX explains, “The organizers believe that social engagements can be a challenging experience, coupled with some frustrations, hence, moments for personal reflection or prayer become an indispensable component of the endeavor.”
AdZU president Fr Karel San Juan, SJ with WesMin JEEPGY Workshop organizers and delegates
The following schools participated in the workshop: from Basilan-Sulu: Claret School of Lamitan, Claret School of Isabela, and Notre Dame of Jolo – Kasulutan; from the Zamboanga Peninsula: Marian College, Marcelo Spinola School, and Saint Paul of Buug, Inc. from Zamboanga Sibugay; sole delegate from from Zamboanga del Sur: St Columban College; and the largest delegation from Zamboanga del Norte: St Vincent’s College, St Joseph College of Sindangan, St Estanislao Kostka College, Southern Peninsula College, Riverside Community College, St Mary’s College of Labason, and St Mary’s Academy; and from Zamboanga City: Claret School, Pilar College, Immaculate Conception Elementary School, Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School – Tetuan, and AdZU.