CFA Advocates Mainstreaming Peace Education

APRIL 4TH 2011

The CFA Peace Camp project gained a wider audience among teachers and administrators of the UNESCO-Associated Schools Project Network (ASPNet) and Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) when it was presented as a peace communication model at a recent National Workshop on Conflict Analysis and Resolution. The workshop, which carried the theme “Mainstreaming Peace Education in Teacher Education Curriculum”, was held at the Philippine National University last February 22-24, 2011.

During the workshop, CFA’s Training Head Ms. Bob Lopez presented the various peace initiatives of the Foundation since its first youth peace camp in 2006. In the span of five years, the Communication Foundation for Asia has organized 3 peace camps involving about 110 Christian and Muslim high school students, produced 2 video documentaries and conducted almost a hundred peace forums in major cities nationwide. The 2006 camp video documentary “Dear Peace” was shown and was well received by the educators and peace advocates who were present at the seminar.

Prof. Rita B. Ruscoe, Social Studies Professor of the Philippine Normal University, commented on the presentation via email saying, “I was in search of a relevant video set in the Philippine context and your video on the student peace camp i believe is the best presentation i can provide them – insightful, enriching as well as challenging. The presentation was able to surface the innermost values of both Christian and Muslim students which shape their world views and influence their behavior toward each other. I realize that this is the kind of intercultural dialogue that we need in the classrooms to promote a culture of peace.”

The event was organized by Philippine Normal University – Center for Linkages and Extension Services and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process with the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM) as one of the partners.