DAVAO CITY (PIA)- The Secretary of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity wants to revisit the Executive Order No. 570, which was promulgated in September 2006 mandating the integration of peace education in schools on its First National Peace and Education Summit in Davao City.
Secretary Carlito Galvez of the OPAPRU said it is important to know the relevance of the law, especially on making amendments in its implementation, knowing that the learning of the culture of peace and the prevention of violence have positive effects to the society.
“Peace education has a positive impact to the youth that has to be pursued,” he said.
Asec. Dexter Galban of the Department of Education’s Youth and Special Concerns said that the First National Peace and Education Summit aims to benchmark the efforts of the OPAPRU and other national government agencies and even with other international agencies in facilitating further peace education within the secondary level in high school, including the out-of-school youths.
He said that the presence of the many stakeholders is a gauge of what needs to be improved, what needs to be revised and what needs to be amplified to different channels.
“This more an engagement with the among government, civil society and volunteer groups to champion our efforts to further dissuade our young learners away from radical and extremist groups that can become major problem in peace proliferation and peace education process,” Galban said.
He said that the Education Department has been rolling out its peace program for a long period now.
Galban said the review of the K-12 program is happening and with the guidance of the OPAPRU, the peace education will also be assessed.
He said in the past, the Department of Education stood pat to its decision to keep armed groups from school campuses making the campuses as zones of peace.
“Now, we need to enhance further its monitoring and evaluation from different levels, not only on curriculum assessment but also in the environment and the setting of the peace roll out,” Galban said. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)