“To reach peace, teach peace!” This message echoed once more as Miriam College, through the Center for Peace, recently conducted a series of workshops for 15 colleges of education in the country. Thirty-two teacher-educators from these colleges went through a Peace Education Capacity-Building Workshop. Eleven colleges were from the different campuses of the Mindanao State University System spread throughout Mindanao, while the other four with teams of 2-3 faculty, were from the West Visayas State University, De La Salle Lipa, Holy Angel University of Pampanga, and Miriam College.
This workshop has been held annually since 2010 reaching about 13 to 15 colleges of education each time. This has been a strategic thrust of the Miriam College Center for Peace Education (MC-CPE) in the last decade because of the multiplier effect of having said target participants.
The policy framework that supports this initiative is EO 570, an executive order entitled "Institutionalization of Peace Education in Basic Education and Teacher Education." The MC-CPE has taken this challenge seriously and perhaps is the only Center that is doing this training systematically and regularly as a civil society contribution. Today, the added impetus comes from the Bangsamoro Organic Law which states: “The Bangsamoro government shall institutionalize peace education in all levels of education” (under Article IX, Education provision, second paragraph, page 39). Hence, the center has partnered with the MSU System and the hope is for it to be among the catalysts of promoting peace in Mindanao.
The workshop was immediately followed by the launch of the third edition of the book, Peace Education: a Pathway to a Culture of Peace, co-authored by Loreta Navarro-Castro and Jasmin Nario-Galace.