The conference this year had the title ‘SVN Recalibrated’ and was the first for a couple years following C-19 restrictions. The Coronavirus has been a worldwide disease and created disruption for the education and training of people across the globe. Having been forced to consider new ways of working, many of us have learnt new skills in use of IT, the internet, and packages such as Zoom. During the conference all these and more aspects of modern technology were used and their potential for future of SVN work considered, although we concluded there are limits as to the application of these technologies, and personal visits to developing counties will continue to be needed and an important function for SVN.
We enjoyed updates on visits people had completed in Rwanda and Sudan where Christine Perkins had been the honoured guest at celebrations in the beautiful Nuba Mountains. George Case has continued to involve his home church in outreach work in a rural part of Rwanda following being part of a SVN team in 2017. Jane Caine updated us all on the essentials of child protection and safeguarding when working remotely or on overseas visits.
Lynette believes that education will allow the next generation in the Philippines to lift themselves out of poverty.
She says that teacher training and development is probably one of her most passionate aspects of the work at City Gates Project. She says she is extremely grateful for the expertise and support from SVN.
SVN has been a key part of this work and volunteers have been on two mission trips already, in 2017 and 2019, where teachers have gathered from many schools for conferences and training. These conferences have been invaluable and have greatly improved their teaching and learning. Lynette hopes SVN will again be able to go and share training with them.