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PeaceTech Innovates with Classroom Video Conferences

Written By David D'Angelo on Thursday, January 20, 2011 | 1/20/2011

PeaceTech is a non-profit organization that builds peace among the world’s youth. It was was started by Robin Pettyfer, a former Canadian journalist and is now changing the way peace education and dialogue is being done. What started as a mass video conference between Mindanao and Manila in 2006 now also diversifies into small-scale classroom video conferences between a school in Manila and a school in Mindanao. The aim of this CVCs is to improve understanding and facilitate communication between the two groups as well as lessen discrimination among Christians and Muslims.

Today PeaceTech does not only hold mass video conference in fact it has a multitude of other programs. It's programs include the following: a) High-school classes in partnership with the Department of Education; b) Videoconferences between Muslim and non-Muslim youth in Southeast Asia; c) PeaceTech’s youth movement called “PeaceTech Embassy;” d) Workshops and; e) the PeaceTech online community: www.peacetech.net .

PeaceTech recognizes the need to promote an understanding of the causes and consequences of conflicts in the Philippines and the common challenges young Filipinos face. Its goal is to build understanding among the youth throughout the Philippine archipelago.

PeaceTech's classroom video conference program covers the following schools in Manila: Abada Elementary and High School, Far Eastern University, Araullo High School, Lakandula High School, Villegas High School, and FEU-FERN. Meanwhile, Mindanao schools which are being partnered with Manila schools includes Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology, Wetsern MIndanao State University, Iligan Capitol College National High School, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Tomas Cabili National High School, and Iligan City National High School.

There are also scheduled four mass video conferences for 2011, the first will be on February 1, 2011 at PUPU Mabini Campus in Sta. Mesa and hosted by Atom Araullo. The other mass video conferences will be held on March, June and July.


PeaceTech Philippines Headquarters is at Unit 212 Tech Portal UP-Ayala Land Technohub. You can also visit their website at www.peacetech.net


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