CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 16, 2010) — Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma urged educational institutions in the Philippines, most especially those in Mindanao, to integrate peace education in their curriculum to help educate the new generation to pursue peace in light of the decades-old conflict in the southern region.
“We need a change of mindset especially in our understanding of the dignity of the human person, whatever his/her culture or religion and the best way to inculcate this on the younger generation is through the educational system,” he said.
Ledesma, a known peace advocate and peacebuilder, also urged the government-run Department of Education to develop a “peace curriculum” for all public schools from primary to college as a way of preparing students to become peacebuilders.
"This is very important so that we can spread this especially in the schools that the process of creating a culture of peace starts not only with the negotiating peace panels but in the community,” he said. (Bong Fabe)