Zamboanga City – THE leading higher education State institution in this region is considering the integration of “peace education” in its curriculum.
Dr. Grace J. Rebollos, the new president of Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), said this is part of her agenda of governance, to promote a “culture of peace” and answer to the call of social development.
“We are considering three possible things to happen here, whether we will incorporate it in all subject areas or offer a new subject for this purpose or open a separate degree for this,” Dr. Rebollos said during the recently conducted Mindanao Educator’s Congress held last November 26-28 at the Garden Orchid Hotel here. She talked on the role of the non-government and civil society organizations in peace-building.
The WMSU chief executive challenged the teachers and educators to be involved in this common cause of building peace as they are “the most effective and most credible to implement it.”
In a press statement, Dr. Jesus L. Nieves, regional director of the host Zamboanga Peninsula, said the congress sought among others to “discuss prevailing challenges confronting peace and progress in the Muslim-Christian region.”
The congress, which is anchored on the theme: “Responsive Education: The Enduring Road to Peace and Progress in Mindanao,” also aimed to “increase awareness of the present status and situation of the basic education in this part of the country” and “generate appropriate policy recommendations for the road map of basic education in Mindanao.”
Other speakers include personalities from the security forces, renowned Mindanaon educators, Undersecretary Nabil Tan of the office of presidential adviser on the peace process (OPAPP), Undersecretary Virgilio Leyretana and Education Undersecretary for Muslim Affairs Manaros Boransing.
Dr. Rebollos, during her investiture rites held last December 5 at WMSU Gymnasium, reiterated her platforms of a university, which is not only towards academic excellence but with big concerns on social development and peace-building as she bannered her motto of the university: “La Universidad Para Na Servicio del Comunidad.”