28th DE Batch Deepen Knowledge of the Current Development Issues Brought by COVID-19
- Date : Sunday January 17, 2021
- Venue : Nonthaburi
ACCU certified 34 leaders and professionals as Development Educators on the workshop held on January 17-23, 2021. These DEs are from Indonesia, Nepal, and the Philippines.
The virtual DE workshop started with the session on the in-depth knowledge of the global cooperative and credit union movement and credit unions' challenges in Asia.
"ACCU continues to serve its members in a different delivery manner during the pandemic, and the Virtual DE workshop is one of them," says CEO Leni San Roque. "The in-person DE program is undoubtedly the ideal method, but we cannot wait for the pandemic to be over to resume our programs," she added.
The DE program had 13 sessions on credit union origins, development issues, and leadership. "The development issues are always updated based on what is relevant in the present time," said Ranjith Hettiarachchi. The Impacts and Response to COVID 19, Emotional Intelligence, Business Development Services, and Financial Resilience were the new topics during the two virtual sessions. According to Ranjith, ACCU ensures that the program provides participants with skills and knowledge to use after completion of the training.
The virtual setting follows the same objectives and achieves the same outcomes. At the end of the workshop, the DEs became more driven by the credit union's mission and strived to be a persuasive presenter. The program uses breakout sessions and other online platforms like slido, menti, jamboard, and other google suite applications.
There were mentors assigned in five groups. Paul Dawson, CEO of the First Choice Credit Union - Australia, Adam Millbank, Executive Manager Brand of Australian Mutual Bank and the ACCU team - Ranjith Hettiarachchi, Kamon Kittiasirihumpon, and Leni San Roque.
ACCU plans to organize an in-person meet-up for the two virtual DE batch graduates once the travel ban is lifted or eased up.
"After completing the Development Educator, now my life purpose has been enlarged. Words are compelling. We can use it as an instrument of the empowerment for the people and drive the cooperative movement to create the better for the world" - Edilberito B. Euraoba, II, Director of the DCCCO Multipurpose Cooperative.
"With all the learnings and values we gained here in this program, we will not only put in mind but with the heart in each one of us" - MA. Cristina V. Caranog, National Capital Region League of The Philippine Federation of Credit Cooperatives.