By Elaine O. Ratunil
OPOL, Misamis Oriental, July 1 (PIA ICCC) — Peace education is now institutionalized in the Mindanao State University (MSU) System.
Dr. Samuel E. Anonas, assistant vice-president for academic affairs for MSU System and chairperson, Committee on Peace Education, said during the Training of Trainers (TOT) held in Opol, Misamis Oriental on July 1-2, 2018, the course was conceptualized in response to the Marawi crisis as a way to increase the resiliency of university students to threats from extremist ideology. This is the first in the country, Anonas said.
He further said the MSU Board of Regents has mandated this three-unit course for all new MSU students, starting first semester of 2018 following BOR Resolution No. 356, series of 2017.
This course is a peace in action or action-based discipline for which a holistic, multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary approach is adopted. It intends to produce students who are peace loving, change accelerators or agents of positive change, peace advocates and champions to establish or build a culture of peace.
According to Anonas, series of activities were set for the launching for teaching peace which include the TOT.
More than 40 faculty members from the 11 MSU campuses attended the TOT to learn how to deliver the newly established Fundamentals of Peace Education.
Through the course, the instructors trained in this TOT workshop will develop the capacity of MSU undergraduate students to understand the causes of conflict and the elements of an enduring peace.
“We are here to learn for generations after us,” Anonas said.
In the TOT, Edralin C. Manla facilitated the discussion on the importance of teaching Peace Education.
For their part, Dr Abdulcader Ayo, Professor Elena Tabanao, Professor Grace Rafal and Dr Glen Lorenzo moderated the walking through of the four modules.
The U.S. Embassy assisted MSU with funding support for the development of the curriculum, the TOT workshop, and follow-up training for instructors after the first semester. (EOR/PIA ICCC)