Thursday, July 24, 2008

[kgma] Peace education to be included in public school curriculum

MANILA (PNA) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday said
peace education will now be part of public school curriculum as well
as teacher education.

This developed as DepEd enjoins other agencies and civil
representatives in the signing of the implementing rules and
regulation (IRR) for Executive Order 570, Institutionalizing Peace
Education in Basic Education and Teacher Education.

"DepEd will incorporate peace education where it matters because we
believe in the power of education to change the mindset of people
towards peace," Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said.

The inter-agency Technical Working Group (TWG), composed of the Office
of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), DepEd,
Commission on Higher Education (CHED), National Economic Development
Authority (NEDA) and civil society representatives, helped draft the IRR.

The TWG has refined the IRR draft after two major consultations: the
Mindanao-wide Consultation on Peace Education, organized by the
Mindanao Peace Education Forum (MinPEF) and the National Consultation
Workshop on EO 570, organized by OPAPP and TWG.

DepEd and OPAPP have earlier developed elementary and high school
peace education exemplars as a way of mainstreaming peace education in
the basic formal and non-formal education curriculum.

Lapus assured that instructional materials will also be developed,
produced, and disseminated as additional tools while the adaptation
and adoption of video peace modules through a series of workshops will
also be strengthened.

According to EO 570, DepEd will serve as co-chair of the coordinating
structure. It will spearhead the mainstreaming peace education
concepts, skills and values in the learning content of the basic
education and alternative learning systems (ALS).

It is tasked to encourage and nurture local peace initiatives in
schools, ALS local systems and communities and to organize peace
education learning circles/teams in the region, division and school level.

"The peace problems are very complex and no one has all the answers.
However, everyone can do something in his or her little way to bring
us a step closer to the attainment of peace," he stressed.

Meanwhile, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) shall introduce
and institutionalize peace education among teachers through
pre-service and in-service training. (PNA)

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