Our Objectives

  • To institutionalize and strengthen the peace education thrust in Miriam College through faculty training, curriculum development and student development programs.
  • To help promote the culture of peace in the larger society by sharing Miriam College’s inspiration, knowledge and experience with other groups and educational institutions, including those that are underserved.

To network and develop partnerships with Our Logo

The PX or Chi-Rho symbolizes Christ, the great Teacher of peace, justice and love. The dove is a universal peace symbol. The circle is our world and Mother Earth, the common home of all humans, whose unity with the Earth and with each other is imperative for a life of peace.

Our Mission

The Center’s mission is to help advance a culture of peace through education and advocacy.

A culture of peace is a set of values, modes of behavior and ways of life that reflects respect for life and for human dignity, rejects violence in all its forms, prevents violent conflicts by tackling their root causes, and recognizes the importance of cooperation, tolerance and dialogue.

  • peace-oriented groups and with all people of goodwill towards building a culture of peace.

Our Program and Activities

  • Teacher-training on peace education
  • Student development
    • Conflict Resolution training
    • Peer Median training
    • Youth Conferences
  • Curriculum Development
  • Materials Development
  • Peace Advocacy
  • Networking- National and Global

Our History

The Vision-Mission Statement of Miriam College is explicit in advancing peace as one of its core values. Peace education began in the early 1980s when peace and global perspectives were infused into certain subjects. Then in 1988, a 3-unit college level course “Introduction to Peace Studies” was included in the International Studies (I.S.) curriculum. One year later, a Peace Core group (now called CPE associates) composed of administrators and faculty from various units was convened.

In 1991, the school committed itself to being a Zone of Peace. In its Declaration, the community pledged for the promotion of caring relationships, cooperation, nonviolent conflict resolution, a simple lifestyle, and activities of peace and social concern.

In 1993, the Grade 7 students used a peace-oriented Social Studies curriculum and text. The year also saw the introduction of sessions on nonviolent conflict resolution for college freshmen. This training was extended to the MAE students in 1997 and the high school students in 1998.

In 1997, the Center for Peace Education (CPE) was established. This enabled the more systematic training of Miriam faculty and students, among other things. The CPE launched the Peer Mediation Program and produced materials such as Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation Sourcebook and a Peace Education Teacher-Training Manual. In 2002, it initiated the inclusion of a peace education course in the curriculum of the Child Development and Education Department. Four years later, it recommended the introduction of the Peace Studies minor program under the I.S. Department.

In 2004, the CPE launched the Twinning project with the theme “Building Bridges of Understanding and Peace” between Miriam College and Rajah Muda High School, a public high school in Pikit, Cotabato attended by Muslim students. The project’s overarching goal is to challenge prejudices and to build understanding and solidarity between the two youth groups, through exchange of letters, the publication of joint newsletters and joint training workshops. The involved teachers have also held a joint seminar.

Two projects were initiated beginning 2007: Peace Education workshops for educators in Southeast Asia and for Philippine teacher educators. The focus for the latter was promoting interfaith understanding.

In 2008, the CPE published a book, Peace Education: A Pathway to Culture of Peace, a resource that educators can use to educate for peace. Over the recent years, the Center has contributed significantly towards the implementation of Executive Order 570, “Institutionalization of Peace Education in Basic Education and Teacher Education,” and the drafting of a National Action Plan for UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and 1820 primarily aimed at increasing women’s participation in peace building and protecting women during armed conflict.

Outside of Miriam College, the CPE has conducted teacher-training and student workshops for other schools throughout the country as well as training for other groups such as urban poor women, out-of-school youth, local government officers and police/military officers. It has also organized regional and international events such as the Asia-Pacific Youth Conference on the Culture of Peace and the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE). The IIPE was co-organized with the Peace Education Center of Teachers College, Columbia University.

The CPE has endeavored to link with kindred groups. It initiated a Peace Education Network and is active in various other networks including the Mindanao Solidarity network, Sulong CARHRIHL, Philippine Action Network Against Small Arms, Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education, Peace Education Centers Network, Pax Christi International, the Global Campaign for Peace Education of the Hague Appeal for Peace and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict.

 

Contact Information

Katipunan Road, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

Tel. (+63-2) 435-9231 / (+63-2) 5805400 loc. 3550

Fax (+63-2) 927-6769 / E-mail: lcastro@mc.edu.ph or jgalace@mc.edu.ph

Web: www.mc.edu.ph/center_for_peace.htm

 

Miriam College is a Zone of Peace

We believe that God has called us to be peacebuilders. We also believe that peace means the absence of violence as well as the presence of loving and just relationships among humans and between humans and the rest of creation.

Inspired by this belief, we commit to carry out in our schools the love and example of Jesus and Mary

  • By striving for peace within ourselves and seeking to be peacebuilders in our daily lives
  • By fostering caring relationships among ourselves and with Mother Earth
  • By persevering in our efforts to look for creative and constructive ways of solving conflicts
  • By living simply so we do not deprive others, including those yet to be born of their means to live with human dignity
  • By actively engaging in peace action and activities of social concern

We trust that God, who gave us the grace to make this declaration, will grant us also the grace to fulfill our commitment.