The third and last workshop on peacebuilding in the curriculum was conducted on May 24-25, 2015 at Crystal Inn, Iligan City. This is part of the two-year project under the auspices of the US Institute of Peace, which the University of Hawaii at Manoa Center for Philippines implemented in collaboration with Mindanao State University (three campuses: MSU Marawi, MSU Iligan and MSU Tawi-Tawi). The project aims to establish bridges of cultural understanding among Muslim, Christian and Lumad students at MSU, and hopefully among others in the communities where they live. In so doing, it also attempted to enhance the capacity of history teachers who are assigned to handle Hist 3 (History of Muslims and Lumads in Mindanao), which teaches students values necessary for establishing peace and minimize conflict. This course incorporated peace education concepts, including values and attitudes that promote multiculturalism and non-violence.
The two-day event highlighted the presentation of results of the project since it began in 2013, and allowed participants to evaluate its impact on the students and teachers. There were 32 teachers who attended the workshop. After two years (or four semesters), the project team presented results of the “quasi-experiment” to show what has been achieved in teaching the enriched history course in the three MSU campuses.
Overall, the results of the experiment are quite satisfactory though in the beginning there were problems. The project team is proud to have done this initiative to the finish.
A brief report of the project’s results is found in USIP Brief Report .
The full report is found in USIP Final Report.