The workshop, facilitated by three academic units in Silliman University (SU), is in response to Executive Order No. 570 or “Institutionalizing Peace Education in the Curriculum – Its Impact to Teaching Peace” issued in 2006.
EO 570 mandates the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to “actively promote a culture of peace in the educational system” in the country.
“The teachers discussed the state of peace education in the two provinces and the extent to which it is integrated into their academic curriculum,” said SU Office of Information and Publications Mark Raygan Garcia in a statement.
Garcia said the participants were engaged in a series of discussions on addressing local challenges to the integration of peace education.
Techniques on module design and development were also presented.
“The teachers were later asked to plot out strategies on how to reflect peace themes, topics and values in their lesson plans,” added Garcia.
The workshop was conducted by SU’s Center for Excellence Learning and Teaching Activities of the College of Education, in partnership with the Justice and Peace Center and the Divinity School.
The topics were facilitated by Prof. Josefina Villareal-Villanueva, coordinator of the Peace Development Educators Program at the Pax Christi Institute in Bacolod City.
Villanueva specializes in conflict analysis, peace education, conflict resolution and reconciliation.
CHED and DepEd are spearheading the national campaign towards mainstreaming peace education in both formal and non-formal curriculum are the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education. (www.ugnayan.com)