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Regional Programme of the WSCF Asia-Pacific

 

Governance and Movement Building

The WSCF AP carries out its work in the region through
a number of committees and staff. The major
committees are:

Asia-Pacific Committee or Regional Committee,
which determines the program priorities of the region;
Regional Standing Committee
which reviews the
progress and facilitates the implementation of decisions
made by the Regional Committee; and Regional Women's Committee
which is responsible in drawing up specific plans, review and execute the
women's programmes for the new quadrennium.

The WSCF AP has a wide range of programs based on assessed needs of
member movements and the current social realities. The major programs of
WSCF AP are:

Regional Women’s Programme (RWP)

The RWP aims to create space for young women to
come and share life stories, commonalities, and
challenges, and reflect and articulate their experiences
as women in their own context. Activities such as,
Women Doing Theology, Women and Men in
Partnership, Regional Women Internship Programme,
and Joint Women’s Programme on local context have
played significant roles in the lives of young women
which has witnessed to be empowering and liberating.

Human Rights Justice and Peace (HRJP)

The Human Rights Justice and Peace programme aims
to enable SCMers to develop their knowledge and skills
in responding to human rights issues, and reaffirm the
fullness of life, and the call for justice and peace. The
vision of the HRJP is to strengthen the human rights,
justice and peace work of the Student Christian
Movement (SCM) in the grassroots level.

Leadership Formation Programme



School for Ecumenical Leadership Formation
(SELF)
: A month-long regional leadership formation
program for second-line SCM leaders including staff,
officers and senior friends of the movements.
The SELF aims to provide them with a comprehensive
ecumenical training.

Student Empowerment for Transformation
(SET)
: The objective of the SET is empowering
students to participate more actively in the life of
movements and of the society as a whole.

Ecumenical Asia-Pacific Student & Youth Network (EASYNet)

In the spirit of partnership, WSCF AP works closely with
other regional ecumenical and church agencies through
EASYNet.

The primary function of EASYNet is to support and
facilitate the promotion of "grassroots ecumenism"
among the five organizations' constituencies.

CCA-WSCF Joint Program (CWP)

The WSCF AP's partnership with the churches in Asia,
through the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), began
in the 1960s with a covenant between the two bodies to
work in partnership in promoting ecumenical student
ministry.

This covenant affirms the churches' understanding of the
SCM as the "arm" of the ecumenical movement on
campuses. The Joint Partnership with the CCA has been concretized through
the CCA-WSCF Joint Programs.

SCM Friends' Support Network (SFSN)

Most ecumenical organizations are facing financial
problems, termed as the “Ecumenical Winter”. The
WSCF is no exception. One-third of the WSCF Asia
Pacific regional office’s annual budget depends on the
IRO of the WSCF. However, the income from the IRO is
decreasing every year, because the traditional partners
of the Federation in western hemisphere are
withdrawing their support to the Federation. This
situation is challenging us to look for resources within Asia Pacific region,
particularly from SCM friends and churches.

At this challenging time, in March 2003 some of senior friends in the region
met to develop ideas and vision to support the ecumenical student ministry
in the region. As one of the outcomes from this meeting, they decided to
initiate “SCM Friends’ Support Network” that would mobilize senior friends
and churches towards financial and spiritual support for the WSCF Asia
Pacific region.

Yet despite the difficulties, we are determined to move on and bring forth
the ecumenical vision to the academic communities, churches and societies.

We ask you to support us in this time of difficulty.