To commemorate the 10th year of its existence and the International Day of Peace, Peace Channel organized a day program under the theme “Partnerships for Peace- Dignity for All” at Don Bosco Institute of Development and Leadership (DBIDL) on 21st September, 2015. The program was graced by Rev. Varghese Alengaden, the Founder Universal Solidarity Movement Indore as the chief guest. In his speech, he congratulated Peace Channel for making a difference in the society by touching the young people and the youths. He added that Peace comes from an agreement from one’s heart and encouraged the young people to stay committed towards Peace Building. Peace Channel Members should lead a philosophy of life based fully on peace. Peace should be the only way for the members, in dreakming, thinking and acting for peace.
The following article is from the June 2015 issue of Bendum News. Bendum News is a publication of the Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center (APC), a community-based, Jesuit-run, DepED-recognized elementary school for children on the border of Bukidnon and Agusan del Sur provinces in Mindanao, Philippines. APC is part of MPI's broader network, with some of their staff being alumni of MPI's Annual Peacebuilding Training.
Pandawat, Dalupaan ha Gaup
By: Pedro Walpole
Pedro Walpole at the start of the new year of study wel-comed the new school manager to Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center along with the Tribal Council. It was an occasion of much anticipation and hope for the coming years .
A pandawat is when we welcome a stranger as a friend; it is when we share food, life experiences and our hopes. So great is our hope and aspiration we ask our loved ones, ancestors, all life on the land (tanghaga) and Migtanghaga (Creator) to join us in this celebration of and gratitude for life.
|Pedro reviewing the work of the youth in forest activities that can be made into management plan.|
At the same time as we welcome Ruben from Sultan Kudarat, our new manager and remember his family; we share our experiences of over twenty years of organized education in Bendum and the long process of developing the gaup or ancestral domain. After twenty more years of learning in community, of basic education and cultural knowledge, we are now sharing that knowledge formally in our integrated program of grade seven. This bridging of our bimonthly youth program (hulas) and the new level in our integrated cultur-al education is a further beginning. We are proud of our four young foresters already assisting in natural regeneration, our carpenters and masons.