MANILA — In celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month and International Day of Peace, the Heavenly Culture, and World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) hosted the HWPL Peace Education Development Forum with the theme of “Raising Peacemakers for a Brighter Future through Peace Education.”
About 375 participants from the Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Indonesia, and Bangladesh attended the online forum last Friday, 18th of September 2020.
Held in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED), HWPL aims to demonstrate the feasibility of implementing HWPL Peace Education, as one of its core initiatives to spread the culture of peace for the future generations.
The speakers presented the following ways of advancing HWPL Peace Education curriculum in Philippines, when implemented:
1) ‘The Voice of Peace PH’, a program headed by Ms. Alecka Mae Fajardo, the National Coordinator of HWPL Peace Education PH
2) An independent program suggested by Mr. Jofit Dayoc from the Youth Formation Division of the DepEd Division of General Trias City, Cavite
3) An integrated subject within the Philippine education system presented by Commissioner Dr. Ronald L. Adamat and further developed by Division of Cotabato City and Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Concepcion Ferrer-Balawag.
In his speech, Commissioner Dr. Ronald L. Adamat said, “Through peace studies offered to the colleges and universities, we will all be preparing our students to be equipped with knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values in conflict resolution and peace works.”
Dr. Concepcion Ferrer-Balawag, who is working to integrate the HWPL peace education materials within the subjects such as Araling Panlipunan (Social Studies) and Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao (Values Education) in the K-12 curriculum, also showed her support by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with HWPL.
Mr. Jofit Dayoc from the Youth Formation Division of the DepEd Division of General Trias City aims to promote peace education not only for their youth leaders but for the rest of their community as well including the private education sector.
President Cherry I. Ultra of the University of Eastern Philippines (UEP) expressed her gratitude by saying that this forum helped them to understand each other’s personality and eventually devise methods to hinder conflict escalation.
“The UEP Administration endeavors to do its best to bring the lessons of peace education into the hearts of our faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders with the assistance of HWPL through a Memorandum of Agreement,” she added.
HWPL is a South Korea-based international non-government organization under the United Nations Economic and Social Council. It advocates peace-building through the establishment of international law for peace, interfaith dialogue meeting, and peace education.
Moreover, HWPL launched the Voice of Peace PH in July 2020 and has been cooperating with a total of 160 enrolled students and 50 volunteer peace educators nationwide. (PR)