July 15 to August 19, 2001
A thirty-five-day training program on ecumenical leadership formation was held July 15 - August 19 in Chiangmai, Thailand. It was jointly organized by WSCF AP and the Youth desk of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA). A total of 22 students and youth from 13 countries in Asia joined the program.
The SELF aimed at providing a comprehensive leadership course for the second-line leaders in SCMs and the churches. The major components of the SELF 2001 were inputs on different issues in the Asia-Pacific, including globalization, human rights, feminism, ecology, ecumenism, inter-faith dialogue, social movements and community organizing.
Exposures were also organized to enable participants to relate their learning with people’s struggles. These included visits to different NGOs, Pak Moon Dam, Maesot Thai-Burma border and Kud Chum district. Particularly, the participants were touched by the Kud Chum community which has struggled for self-reliant economy in spite of heavy pressure from the government.
Through community organizing session, the participants have learned the skills that would facilitate their contribution to movement building when they return home.
The thirty-five-day program challenged the participant how to build a sensitive community, living together in harmony with diversity.
From the evaluation and response, participants found the SELF 2001 very useful and valuable. For the future, they suggested more specific and tailored-made training programs for different levels of participants.