Secretary Jesli Lapus of the Dept. of Education (DepEd) has underscored
the importance of teaching the message of peace among the students.
Secretary gave this message at the closing of the 4th Northern Mindanao
Peace Village held Oct. 27-30, 2008 at the Mindanao Civic Center (MCC)
in Tubod, Lanao del Norte.
He said there is a
need for students to be taught the values of kapayaan (peace),
pagkakaisa (unity), kalayaan (freedom), katarungan (justice), and
pananagutan sa kapwa (responsibility for others).
But teaching peace education without giving the students a chance to experience it means nothing, he stressed.
activity, we are now able to give peace a human face from mere
rhetoric. We are actually able to translate peace to a solid action, he
As an agent of social change, the education sector plays a vital role in inculcating the value of peace among the students.
Thus, the Peace
Village is a well conceived and well organized activity where students
can learn better about the ways of peace and unlearn the ways of
violence, he said.
He added that the closing ceremony today marks the beginning of a commitment for peacemaking, peace-building and peacekeeping.
congratulated the leadership of DepEd, region 10, for bringing together
people from different regions and nationality for the cause of peace.
He also acknowledged
the efforts of the Schools Division Superintendents of the region and
the local government units, especially in Lanao del Norte, for the
construction of the peace huts in the village. (OSM-Radyo ng Bayan