Peace storytelling campaign launches nationwide

September 28, 2009 11:13 pm 

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 29 — The Department of Education (DepEd), in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), on Monday launched the nationwide “Peace Storytelling Campaign” in all elementary schools in throughout country.

DepEd Caraga region said the campaign is the department’s way of unifying its voice to inculcate the "culture of peace" among the children.

The campaign is specifically implemented in Southern Philippines.

DepEd said the project is also one of the creative ways by which teachers can mainstream peace values and concepts in regular subjects.

Based on DepEd Memorandum 338, the “Peace Storytelling Campaign” also aims to increase the awareness of children on non-violent ways of resolving conflict and develop appreciation of interfaith and inter-cultural diversities.

The memo also contains five story options with lesson plan that teachers can use. However, they may explore other stories of peace to read to their students, DepEd and OPAPP press statement said.

In the class, the teachers will engage their students to think of different ways on how to promote peace at home, school and in their respective communities.

At the end of the session, the students will recite the “Pledge of a Young Peace Advocate” to assert their role as peacemakers.

The campaign supports the government’s advocacy anchored under Executive Order 570, which mandates the education sector to institutionalize peace education in basic education and teacher education.

A project dubbed as “Kids say no to guns” was launched within a Mindanao’s largest division headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday.

The “Kids say no to gun” project is also initiated by the DepEd through its Mindanao Peace Initiative (MinPI).

The project is also in pursuant to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Announcement No. 5, series 2009 relative to the Observance of the National Peace Consciousness Month.

The project was launched at Camp Evangelista Elementary School, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City with the theme, "From instruments to death to nurturing to life." (PNA)

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