Amid the global pandemic, the youth continues to respond to the challenges of the times and made their presence felt in online space with peace and development conversations.
In Cotabato, Equal Access International-Philippines Tech Camp alumni, member youth and partner organizations of the Kutawato Messaging Hub converge in coming up with a weekly online series, the ‘Usapang Kapayapaan’: Kutawato Online Peace Conversations airing every Saturday at 7:00 pm.
The pilot episode of Usapang Kapayapaan premiered on September 19 as part of the International Day of Peace and the Peace Consciousness Month celebrations. Kutawato youth see the significance of holistic understanding in the culture of peace and the role of the youth in contributing efforts to issues related to peace and development as reflected in the online show’s weekly themes and topics: Dismantling the Culture of War (Social Media and Hate Speech), Living with Justice and Compassion (Social Enterprise in the New Normal), Promoting Human Rights and Responsibilities (Indigenous People in the Bangsamoro), Building Cultural Respect, Reconciliation, and Solidarity (Culture and Modernization, Living Harmony with the Earth (Mitigating Climate Crisis), Cultivating Inner Peace (Youth and Well-being) and Holistic Presentation (Youth and Culture of Peace).
Keeping the lead in the production of Usapang Kapayapaan is the Positive VIBES (Volunteers’ Initiatives in Bridging and Empowering Society). Positive VIBES Founder and EAI Peace Promotion Fellow Lo Ivan Castillon shared that the online conversation as a platform envisions to keep the public updated, gather initiatives and collective aspirations of the young people in the region, and strengthen institutional support in efforts towards achieving just and enduring peace. Tech Camp alumni based in Cotabato have been actively involved in the preparation, promotion and production of Usapang Kapayapaan.
Usapang Kapayapaan can be viewed on Facebook through its partner organizations’ pages: EAI Philippines, Positive VIBES, Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC), Bangsamoro Youth Peacebuilding (BYP), Alliance of Magnanimous Youth Leaders (AMYL), The Responsible Traveler, PEACEsonality, WeCannect and United Indigenous Peoples Youth Organization (UNIPYO).