On October 9, 2021, peace educators from DepEd schools and CHED-supervised colleges and universities virtually attended the post-celebration of World Teachers’ Day hosted by the Voice of Peace PH.
The Voice of Peace PH is a group of volunteer teachers affiliated with Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international peace organization, committed to the achievement of world peace and cessation of war. The organization has been providing Peace Education trainings to their partner schools and educational institutions including DepEd schools from Laguna, Bataan, Maasin City, Cotabato City, and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
With the theme “Peace Educators: Peacefully Leading in Crisis, Re-Imagining the Future: A World of Peace,” the event this year aimed to recognize and appreciate the teachers for their volunteerism, efforts, and sacrifices for Peace Education. The event also featured presentations from the peace education students and their parents to show their utmost appreciation towards the teachers and to promote a good relationship among parents, students, and teachers.
“World Teachers’ Day is a celebration and acknowledgment of the important role of educators in building and in shaping the future. HWPL peace educators are the driving force towards the ultimate attainment of a culture of peace in the world,” said Dr. Juliet Paras Regional Director of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Region 2.
Ms. Clair Jeon, International Coordinator of HWPL Peace Education Asia, said “We have a mission to teach our students not only simple knowledge but also what is good and peace in the world. Unless we teach our youth peace, someone else will teach them violence.”
Ms. Esperanza De La Cruz, Peace Coordinator of HWPL Peace Education Philippines, encouraged her fellow teachers, “Let us all teach Peace Education and become peace educators for life, who will interconnect the academic life of our students with the real world. Let Peace Education merge the present and the future of our precious students – the future, characterized by a culture of peace”.
Teachers and students from the participating schools submitted their entries for the #WorldTeachersDay2021TikTokChallenge launched by the Voice of Peace PH. During the program, their entries were presented including dance challenges, song numbers, spoken word poetries, and appreciation videos dedicated to teachers. Winners were announced at the end of the program and Tomas Oppus Pilot School, Division of Maasin City won first place.
At the end of the program, an official of HWPL announced that they will hold an Appreciation Night next month as a year-end celebration for all partner schools, media partners, religious leaders, political leaders, and all members and volunteers of HWPL. ###