The Center for Peace Education (CPE), WE Act 1325, Pax Christi-Pilipinas and the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) co-organized a peace forum titled “Luv Peace, Luv Diversity: Supporting the Peace Process and Embracing Diversity as Pathways to Peace” on December 9, 2016.
It was held at St. Therese Educational Foundation of Tacloban Inc where approximately 500 students, teachers, and administrators from various Catholic schools in Samar and Leyte attended the forum. Speakers counted Bro. Ariel Manga, OFM, CEAP Region 8 Trustee, Dr. Jasmin Nario-Galace of the CPE, Mary Ann Cruz of CEAP National, and Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman of Teach Peace, Build Peace Movement. They emphasized that peace processes, if successful, can potentially end wars; hence the need to support them. They also reinforced the importance of the recognition of and respect for diversity as pathways to the building of a culture of peace.
On December 17, 2016 CPE, through Dr. Jasmin Nario-Galace, was a resource person at a Peace Education workshop at Sagaing University in Myanmar. The workshop, attended by about 800 would-be teachers, aimed to teach participant nonviolent ways of dealing with conflict as well as infraction of school rules. It also introduced the concepts, skills and values integral to educating for peace as well as the peaceable teaching-learning process to students. Participants gave excellent feedback of their experience.
The workshop was organized by Kalyana Mitta Foundation (KMF), a Myanmar NGO that supports the youth to create sustainable futures, grounded in a socially engaged Buddhist perspective. KMF is working all over Myanmar in the fields of rural development, peace awareness, interfaith, and environment.
On December 20, CPE through Dr. Galace, gave the keynote address at the launch of the Schools and Communities of Peace Heroes Formation Program (SCPHFP). Participants were 45 public school teachers from Mamasapano, Maguindanao; Maharlika, Taguig; and Porac, Pampanga which are pilot schools of the SCPHFP. The program’s goal is to form teachers of peace in the grassroots who will help create peaceful learning environments that respect cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic diversities. The program is under the tutelage of the Teach Peace, Build Peace Movement.
CPE, one of Miriam College’s advocacy centers, has been, for years working to broaden the support for peace in the country and beyond.