Personnel from the Office of Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operation of Joint Task Force Marawi (OJTFM7) participated in the “I TEACH PEACE Facilitators Training Workshop” organized by Teach Peace Build Peace Movement on September 15-18, 2017 at Midway Beach Resort, Misamis Oriental.
A total of 47 participants joined in the workshop including 7 soldiers from OJTFM7, 5 police personnel from Lanao del Sur Police Provincial Office, Lanao del Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, and other Maranao civilian volunteers from various sectors.
“In this activity, we were able to train another batch of I TEACH PEACE facilitators who will be conducting different peace education sessions in the evacuation centers for the affected children in the Marawi crisis,” said Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman, founding president and executive director of Teach Peace Build Peace Movement.
Teach Peace Build Peace is a non-government organization with a mission of making every Filipino child and youth a peace builder. It is composed of an expanding network of active and empowered young generations of different faiths, cultures and ethnic groups who are working together as prime movers in building a culture of peace.
“Our organization’s guiding principle is derived from the belief that every child has an innate quality of tolerance and unbiased- ness and that prejudice is subsequently learned later in life. It is vital that we develop their ability to foster peace in this critical period by using an intergenerational approach on peace education, servant leadership and on the implementation of innovative and creative strategies: Music, Arts, Games, Sports and Community Service,” Sumndad-Usman said.
The participants were trained on various interactive activities that provide interfaith and intercultural dialogues and are designed to develop the values of compassion, service to others, empowerment, equality, respect and understanding. “This is the very foundation of a just and peaceful society where every individual practices peace as a way of life,” Sumndad-Usman said.
“The approach of the Teach Peace Build Peace Movement is: we have to “Teach Peace to build a Culture of Peace. We have to build a Culture of Peace to create different generations of peace builders toward our goal of a just and peaceful society,” Sumndad-Usman said.
Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi and Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division said: “As we continue to build strong partnerships with various civilian organizations, this is one of the initiatives of your Joint Task Force Marawi to ensure that those children displaced by the crisis in Marawi City are given adequate community support for peace building programs. With your help and support to your soldiers, we can build a lasting peaceful environment for Mindanao.”
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