DepEd-Lanao Norte hosts Kids Peacetival
Baroy, Lanao del Norte, November 6 (PIA)—The Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Lanao del Norte hosted the Kids’ Peacetival at Baroy Central Elementary
School, Baroy town, Lanao del Norte, on October 30-31, 2013.
Schools Division Superintendent Emmalinda Duhaylungsod said that the event is aimed at promoting a happy co-existence among schoolchildren in this province regardless of
race, cullture and tradition.
Further, the activity also aims to strengthen understanding and respect amidst differences; develop social interaction skills; promote good values through peace journal writing; and highlight the importance of meditation in developing inner peace.
With the same spirit, we maintain the same activities practiced at the popular ‘Peace Village’ created some eight years ago, explained Duhaylungsod.
“What only differs this year is that it’s a school-based peace camp and we had it last September in all schools in Lanao del Norte. We thought of conducting the peace camp inside the campus, joining together in one schedule with the integrated competitions like journalism, science and math, to be able for all school children to experience at the same time an event experienced by those children who attended the integrated competition in a limited slot only. Also, this time, we want the community to experience, not necessarily the children only, but the parents, an eye to eye, what their children understand of activities for peace could also be appreciated by their parents”, Duhaylungsod pointed out.
“Peace Education Program is one of the programs in the Department of Education and let this program be felt by the children at the school level through this peace camp, likewise, we wanted this to be experienced by all, especially the participation of the community involving the adults too and the DepEd’s stakeholders”, said the Superintendent.
More meaningful in this 2-day activity, since this is a culmination of what we have started in September at the respective schools province-wide. We opted to create an activity in all schools, this division, on how we can help the people who were victims in Zamboanga seige, especially the school children there, Duhaylungsod said.
We told our children to skip just one snack, a penny to share, as we will be sending to DepEd Zamboanga the contributions we raised from the school children and the teachers as well, explained Duhaylungsod.
One thing that is new with the Peacetival activity is that children would make peace cards, with their messages written in the cards for the victims of Zamboanga, and together we send to Zamboanga all stuff toys, school supplies we gathered from the children during this culminating day, said Duhaylungsod.
Using ‘Knowing Me’ and ‘Knowing You’ activities, almost a thousand participants of the this Peacetival culmination program were given a chance to open up and share their stories. The children’s activities are designed to build lasting friendships and better understanding among ethnic groups.
On the second day, an Ecumenical Prayer and Declaration of Peace were conducted at the event area.
At the end of the Peacetival, participating schools and their students received special awards in the category they excelled in, Duhaylungsod revealed. (lvgabule/PIA-10 LDN)