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SED CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

On its sixth year, the students, faculty, and administration of the School of Education (SED) joined government, non-government organizations, and individuals here and around the world in celebrating the International Day of Peace with the theme: “TOGETHER: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”.


The celebration started with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Holy Rosary Parish Church. This was immediately followed by the release of the symbolic doves and balloons at the Plaza Angel of Museo Ning Angeles led by Dr. Benita M. Bonus, SED Dean and Dr. Alma M. Natividad, Chairperson of the Teacher Education Department.


The theme focused on upholding and protecting the rights of refugees and migrants. It became the guiding concept of HAU-SED’s four-day celebration events — mixed media and selfie4peace exhibit, Life Skills Seminar-Workshop for Aeta college students, Inter-School UN Quiz Bee, Essay-Writing and Poster-Making Contests, Book Sale, and a Peace and Human Rights Conference.


This year’s peace and human rights conference, held on the official International Day of Peace on September 21, was attended by around five hundred delegates composed of educators and students in high school and college both within and outside HAU. Five peace and human rights advocates — Prof. Maritess Guingona-Africa of The Peacemakers Circle Foundation Inc.; Mr. John Paul Andaquig of IBON Foundation, Inc.; Prof. Rene Romero of UNESCO-APNIEVE Philippines; Ms. Cherry Clemente of Migrante International; and Mr. Rius Valle of Save Our Schools Network were the resource speakers.


During the conference, Mr. Andaquig and Ms. Clemente provided the audience with the global and national situation of the refugees and migrants; Prof. Guingona-Africa gave a presentation on the plight of Marawi refugees and the need for a stronger inter-faith Muslim-Christian dialogue; Mr. Valle reported the current predicament faced by the indigenous Lumads people of Mindanao; and Prof. Romero tackled the topic: “Learning for Global Citizenship, Engaging for Global Solidarity”.


Organizing this annual celebration is part of the peace education integration in the SED undergraduate teacher education curriculum through its special course, Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies. The subject is taken by senior SED students and currently under the supervision of Dr. Jean Canlas and Prof. Arlan dela Cruz.


Date Posted: 11-22-2017