With six topics, the webinars were held over six months. Sr. Winifred Doherty, the Good Shepherd Main Representative to the United Nations gave the input on each position paper on the last working day of the month and Ms Theresa Symons, the AP MDO Regional Manager shared on the application to programs / projects on the 15th day of the following month. The first module on Migration was on 30 April 2020, and the last session on the Application of the GS Position Paper on Integral Ecology on 20 October 2020.
In first webinar, there were about 50+ participants, while there were 178 registered participants with 144 Zoom links for the last session.
This session included the participation of Sr Clare Nolan, who was formerly the NGO Representative of the Good Shepherd Sisters to the UN and subsequently the Training Co-ordinator for GSIJPO. Good Shepherd Asia Pacific members are grateful to Clare for conceptualizing the 6 position papers in 2011, a contribution which continues to be relevant today and into the future.
Clare was invited to share how the six topics were chosen, what were the pressing issues at that time (internally within Good Shepherd as well as externally in the world), what she has witnessed over the years since the Position Papers were launched and her hopes for Good Shepherd mission into the future.
Evaluation Responses of Participants - Evaluation Responses 20Oct20
Responses from Break Out groups - Break Out groups Responses 20Oct20
To access this channel, please type “GSIF Asia Pacific” in YouTube. This is the link to the videos on the GS Position Papers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNwiDdSTTec&list=PLzxIIBy8ZbE5OBrajvNPQNxyNNQ-chwo_
You will notice that the explanation of each position paper and useful links are in the description section of each video. This is to facilitate your use of the videos for in-house capacity development. Please share these links so that ALL sisters and partners in mission – social services, schools and pastoral - have access to the position papers.
The International Day of the Girl Child - Day of the Girl Child YouTube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzxIIBy8ZbE5KyzGX3ZIL642Ue212zf0i
Rights Based Approach. These videos provide an overview of RBA. A 10 min video https://youtu.be/Z95bPJmGnkM may be helpful in reviewing of programs.
Thank you for your responses of the webinars, both at breakout group and individual level. The results show that the learnings have been significant, with many saying that their understanding and appreciation of the position papers and the rights based approach have significantly improved over the past six months. There is a commitment to continue individual and collective learning of the Position Papers and the rights based approach so that they can be implemented in the programs /projects.
We express our gratitude to each one of you for your commitment to continuous learning for Good Shepherd mission effectiveness.
Asia Pacific Regional Office
Good Shepherd International Foundation