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Peace Education

Designing Pedagogies for Change

Peace Education: Designing Pedagogies for Change
Jonathan “Jon” E. Rudy and Maria Ida “Deng” Giguiento

October 5 to November 4, 2021 | Tuesday and Thursday
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Philippine Time [GMT+8]

Peace education is an essential task for moving a society to a culture of peace. Where and how this education happens is a matter of strategic priority when resources are limited.

Through interactive online-based learning, participants will bring their existing wisdom to the task of thinking through the design, content, and facilitation aspects of peace education for different ages in their settings. This course will involve work outside the synchronous learning sessions. Participants will be presenting their work to the group throughout the course.

Using Bloom’s Taxonomy of lower to higher level-thinking skills—knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis and synthesis, and evaluation—participants will explore all facets of facilitated learning. To gain the certificate of completion, all participants are expected to participate actively, hand in all assignments, and share their own experience in peace education and learning. The course time will be split between 25 hours of real-time interaction (synchronous) with the facilitators and 15 hours of individual and group work between synchronous sessions (asynchronous).

Deadline for Applications
September 24, 2021

Testimonial of Jose Caetano Guterres

Melody Raj

Testimonial of Melody Raj

The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute has been close to my heart ever since I took my first course in 2013. Thus, when I was offered the opportunity to take the Peace Education course in the summer of 2021, I jumped at the idea!

At the end of the course, I know that I made the right choice as it refreshed my mind to concepts that were so applicable in our present context.

Peace Education: Designing Pedagogies for Change has helped me as an individual to critically analyze our education system and what it really lacks that, as a society, we still fail in values like tolerance, acceptance, equity, sharing.… This course helped me delve into the core of our stiff structures which were not equipped to mold young minds especially, to deal with the pressures at the individual, family, and societal levels.

This course helped us as a group to develop modules that would be applicable to our contexts and that would help us in our own small way to sow seeds of peace and harmony. It was reemphasized that these concepts and values need to be inculcated in an individual, especially in impressionable young minds who can become true change-makers in our society. What better platform is there than for us to educate society on peace by developing pedagogies for change!

A big thank you to MPI and its very dynamic team for this opportunity to help us invest our time and thoughts into coming up with strategies that we hope will positively impact society in the long run….

Melody Raj
Education Sector Coordinator
Mennonite Central Committee
2021 Participant

Our Facilitators

Jonathan “Jon” E. Rudy is a global educator on the topics of human security, peacebuilding, conflict transformation and nonviolence. With more than 35 years of work in 30 countries in Asia and Africa, Jon’s recent training energies have gone toward human security and civil society. He is an 18-year veteran facilitator at the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute, and teaches regularly at the University of Hargeisa, Somaliland. Jon served as Peacemaker-in-Residence at Elizabethtown College’s Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking from 2012-2019. He was a Senior Fellow for Human Security at the Alliance for Peacebuilding and a Senior Fellow at the Social Enterprise Service Group as a subject-matter expert in peacebuilding. He is a Fulbright Specialist, having supported the peace studies program at the Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts in Pune, India, and is on the roster of UNDP ExpRes preapproved consultants in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Jon is a core member of the Global Partners for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) Improving Practices Working Group.

Jon is a 2001 graduate of Eastern Mennonite Seminary and University in the USA with a MA in Religion and a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation. He earned a Teaching for Higher Education Certificate from Temple University and has a BA in International Development, an AA in Industrial Arts, and a Minor in Communications from Bethel College in the USA. Since Covid-19, Jon has facilitated Zoom-based peace and justice trainings. Before the global shutdown, he facilitated workshops at the Initiatives of Change, Caux Forum on Just Governance for Human Security in Switzerland.

Maria Ida “Deng" Giguiento is one of the two recipients of the 2015 Tanenbaum Peacemaker In Action Award. This was given in recognition of her work in inter-religious dialogue in Mindanao and Timor-Leste. Her past experiences included being the Peacebuilding Training Coordinator for Catholic Relief Services (CRS)-Philippines from 2005-2018 and a member of the Project Reference Group for a curriculum development project involving best practices of civil society working with security forces to improve human security. Her CRS work included working with state and non-state actors, the academic sector (students, teachers, and administrators), and civil society groups (including religious leaders). Deng was the Director of the Peace Education Center of Notre Dame University in Cotabato City from 1995-1999.

A grassroots peacebuilder from the Philippines, Deng has dedicated nearly three decades using the conflict transformation paradigm in working with partners in Mindanao and post-independent Timor-Leste. She has worked on post-conflict peacebuilding among Timorese youth, women, and former non-state actors from 1999-2004. Deng has trained men and women from Caritas International partners to local military officials and non-state actors. She has facilitated at MPI from 2000-2017. After taking a short break, Deng is now back co-facilitating courses at MPI.

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