Tuesday, September 11, 2007

British Council, MSU sign MOA peace education pact

MARAWI City (Ben Balce / Sep 11) - The British Council and Mindanao State University (MSU) yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement (Moa) on peace education consisting 44 modules aimed to broaden understanding and appreciation and enhance personal skills in dealing with conflicts in Mindanao.

"These modules would be the response in reaching out for peace in Mindanao," British Council assistant program director Nannette R. Mercado.

Mercado said the modules that will form part of the instructional materials for the Civil Welfare Training Service (CWTS), a component of the National Service.

"This peace education is first of a kind that will start here in this University," said Mercado adding that the importance of peace education not only here in Mindanao, but schools in the country.

Meanwhile, MSU president Dr. Ricardo de Leon said the modules would also help in resolving the current conflict in Mindanao.

"We are not saying this would help lessen armed violence in the island, but this would be the start in achieving peace in Mindanao," said De Leon.

De Leon also said, the Philippines including foreign governments are all interested in peace-building efforts like the ongoing MILF-GRP peace talks that is now ongoing in Mindanao.
De Leon said the module-making, which took place early August this year, assembled peace experts throughout the MSU System in various parts of Mindanao, who crafted the modules with assistance from the United Kingdom-Philippine Partners for Peace (UK-PPK), an affiliate of the British Council.

"The integration of peace education in the MSU System is aimed to be a "peace university" for other learning institutions in the country to follow," said De Leon.

He said MSU in the previous years produced quality graduates and now through the help of the peace education modules could produce graduates who are well-educated on conflict management.

"Students who understand the roots of the conflict in Mindanao lead the ways to peace, not war," de Leon said.

De Leon also said that someday with this first step, students that would become workers would help and knowledgeable in the maintaining peace in Mindanao.

The recent signing of the peace modules de Leon said, would become a reality for the MSU students, nationwide and even those in foreign countries.


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