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Collaborators in the European Union
The director general of The Family Watch held a meeting in Brussels with young professionals from six countries who have offered their collaboration in tasks related to the family within the scope of the European Union.
Preparations for the XX Anniversary of the International Year of the Family in Brussels
Coordinated by the delegate of TFW and led by IFFD, a meeting of family-focused NGOs that work in the EU was held in Brussels, to prepare for 2014. In the image, beside the IFFD president stand representatives of the Mouvement Mondial des Mères, World Youth Alliance, New Women for Europe, Forum Européen des Femmes, and FEFAF, as well as the delegation of the Region of Veneto to the EU, which hosted the event.
Family Enrichment in the World
Trinidad and Tobago
During the weekend of November 18-19, some moderators traveled from Puerto Rico to this Caribbean country to give a moderator training seminar (PIMOF). The course elaborated on new styles and explained how a properly moderated general session yields best results. Although many of the participants had already been trained as moderators for upcoming courses in the country, all were satisfied with the information received.
A First Steps course in Guayaquil, Ecuador concluded at the end of October. The course had a high turnout—more than 12 young couples!
This year has seen considerable development in Family Enrichment in Canada. Courses took place in Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver during the month of September. In addition, Mike Mckernan communicates a future goal: the completion of a Pre-Adolescence course in January/February 2013.
As reported earlier this year, moderators from Poland traveled to Saint Petersburg to launch Family Enrichment courses. During the weekend of November 10-11, eight couples attended a second visit by Polish moderators. On the occasion of this second meeting, a local television station offered to interview the organizers for a cultural program that will be released in the coming months.
On November 10, a meeting was held for all centers associated with the IIOF, association coordinating Family Enrichment in Spain, at the Zayas Cultural Association in Madrid.
The conference was attended by representatives from fourteen regions of Spain, involved with Family Enrichment: ITEFA-Asturias, ALQUIBLA (Murcia), AULA FAMILIAR (Madrid), CESFA (Valladolid), DARSENA (Santander), FERT (Barcelona), IDEFA (Madrid), INEFA (Granada), MIRALMAR (Cádiz), PREF (Valencia), VALDOMAR (Vigo), AZNAITÍN-Jaén, HAURRIDE-Pamplona, PREF-Valencia and some IFFD members. To open, Antonio Santos, IIOF´s Director, analyzed the previous year and offered prospects for 2012-2013.
Next, Sylvia Camuñas, IIOF´s communications director , spoke about her department’s plans to develop a website of the magazine “Familia y Cultura”, to increase participation in social networks, and to maintain the quality of the magazine. She encouraged all the centers to have up-to-date websites and to use social networks as tools for promoting courses.
Later, Javier Vidal-Quadras, secretary-general of IFFD, gave a lecture entitled “On Falling in Love to Love: A Human Journey.”
After lunch, attendees talked enthusiastically about activities and experiences in their respective cities, which was beneficial to all participants.