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Peace Education Rooted in the Identity and Mission of Catholic Education. Professor Dr Angelina Gutiérrez St. Scholastica’s College - Manila CEAP National Convention "Building a Culture of Peace: Shaping the Vision, Living the Dream” Session: Integrating Peace Education in the Curriculum

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Peace education rooted in the identity and mission of catholic education

Peace Education Rooted in the Identity and Mission of Catholic Education

Professor Dr Angelina Gutiérrez

St. Scholastica’s College - Manila

CEAP National Convention "Building a Culture of Peace:

Shaping the Vision, Living the Dream”

Session: Integrating Peace Education in the Curriculum

Davao City, Sept. 22, 2011


Context of the paper

Context of the Paper

Related studies and advocacy on peace education

  • UN International Decade for a Culture of Peace (2000-2010)

  • Executive Order 570 - ‘Institutionalization of Peace Education in Basic & Teacher Education’


Peace education rooted in the identity and mission of catholic education

  • Local literature:

    a) Peace Education: A Pathway to a Culture of Peace (Castro & Galace, 2010) for formal & non-formal settings

    b) Panagtagbo sa Kalinaw (1998), manual on education for conflict resolution of tri-communities in Mindanao

    c) Islamic Model for Peace Education (2010)


Peace education rooted in the identity and mission of catholic education

  • Advocacy:

    a) Silsilah Dialogue Movement (1984), interfaith education

b) Peace Education as a core course in college


Purpose of the study

Purpose of the Study

  • Catholic paradigm for peace education

  • Research Problems:

    1) Meanings/semantics of peace education?

    2) How to teach peace education in relation to the identity and mission of Catholic education?

    3) The connection of peace education to our vocation to the educational apostolate?

    4) Pedagogic applications of peace education in the Catholic institute curriculum?


Methods of inquiry

Methods of Inquiry

  • Academic paper

  • Qualitative research design:

    • studies on peace education

    • Vatican documents

  • Auto-ethnography:

    • educator

    • researcher


Peace education rooted in the identity and mission of catholic education

Conceptual framework of the research


Rq1 semantics of peace studies

RQ1:Semantics of Peace Studies

  • Elise Boulding (1920 – 2010), matriarch of peace studies movement

  • Johann Galtung (1930 – present), father of peace & conflict studies


Peace education rooted in the identity and mission of catholic education

  • Education for peace subjects

  • Empowers learners to end violence/injustice & promote a culture of peace

  • Four key principles of peace education:(Teachers without Borders, 2011)

    • equitable dialogue

    • study with application towards societal transformation

    • holistic analysis of issues

    • promotion of values


Rq2 how to teach peace education in relation to the identity mission of catholic education

RQ2: How to teach peace education in relation to the identity & mission of Catholic education?

  • the Catholic academe as ‘born in the heart of the church’

    (Ex corde

    ecclesiae, JPII, 1990)


Four essential characteristics of the catholic academe jpii 1990

Four essential characteristics of the Catholic academe (JPII, 1990):

  • moral, spiritual, religious dimension in research, science & technology in the totality of the human person

  • continuing reflection in the light of Catholic faith

  • fidelity to the Church message

  • commitment to service towards the transcendent goal


Peace education rooted in the identity and mission of catholic education

  • Locus of peace education in the mission and identity of Catholic education

  • Christ is our Peace

‘A Catholic institute must have the courage to speak uncomfortable truths which do not please public opinion, but which are necessary to safeguard the authentic good of society.’ (JPII, 1990, Ex corde ecclesiae, n.32)


Peace education rooted in the identity and mission of catholic education

  • Church Social Teachings (CST) as content for peace education

  • Evangelization & integral human development through works of justice and peace

‘The Gospel, interpreted in the social teachings of the Church is an urgent call to promote the development of those peoples who are striving to escape hunger, misery, endemic diseases and ignorance and of those looking for a wider share in the benefits of civilization’.

(Pope Paul VI, 1967, Populorum Progressio)


Peace education rooted in the identity and mission of catholic education

RQ3: What is the connection of peace education to our calling or vocation to the educational apostolate?

  • ‘ intellectual charity’ - to lead students to truth as an act of love

‘When teachers and administrators deviate from the vision of its institutional Catholic identity and mission, it will lead to moral, intellectual and spiritual confusion’. (Pope Benedict XVI)


Rq4 what are some pedagogic applications of peace education in the catholic institute s curriculum

RQ4: What are some pedagogic applications of peace education in the Catholic institute’s curriculum?

  • Online resources: Teachers Without Borders Peace Education Program (TWBPEP), Peace Education Foundation (PEF), Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE)

  • Vatican documents on the identity and mission of Catholic education


Church social teaching cst sources

Church Social Teaching (CST)sources:

Catholic Social Teaching:A Key to Catholic Identity

(Office for Social Justice Archdiocese of Saint Paul, Minneapolis, USA)

http://www.osjspm.org

Caritas in veritate (Pope Benedict XVI, 2009)

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (Pontifical Council for Justice & Peace , 2004)


Peace education rooted in the identity and mission of catholic education

  • Academic research sources:

  • International Handbook on Catholic Education (Springer Pub. Netherlands 2007)

  • International Studies on Catholic Education journal (Routledge, Taylor & Francis, UK)

  • Journal of Peace Education (Routledge, Taylor & Francis, UK)


Peace education rooted in the identity and mission of catholic education

  • International Peace Research Association (IPRA) & its Peace Education Council (PEC) biennial conferences (Canada, Belgium, Australia):

  • peace education through Benedictine peace values in the Music Appreciation & Theology college classrooms

  • inter-religious peace education

  • peace education & integral human development through the Church Social Teaching (CST) on ‘preferential option for the poor’


Peace education rooted in the identity and mission of catholic education

  • School/college settings: peace garden, peace center, peace camp, paxawardee, peace forums, students’ thesis project

  • Linkage with peace education networks & foundations such as Catholic Peacebuilding Network (CPN) & Peace Education Network in the Phils. (PenPhil)

  • Institutional support for faculty development on peace education & Catholic education identity through seminar-workshops


Peace education rooted in the identity and mission of catholic education

  • Peace education & the Church’s contribution to the public forum regarding morality & ethics

  • Form students conscience to discover the truth that leads to the good

  • education that is ‘informative’ & ‘performative’ or life-changing

  • (Pope Benedict XVI, 2008, SpeSalvi)


Summary conclusions

Summary & Conclusions

  • Foundation and pedagogy for peace education rooted in the mission & identity of Catholic education

  • Knowledge-skills-application (k-s-a) when integrating peace education in the curriculum

  • We are all peace educators


Recommendations for further studies

Recommendations for further studies

  • extent of Catholicity in the institute

  • academic vis a visspiritual formation

  • charism of religious congregation

  • Catholic intellectual tradition

in relation

to peace education


Peace education rooted in the identity and mission of catholic education

“God has created me to do him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another”

(Blessed Cardinal

John Henry Newman,

Meditations on Christian Doctrine, 1852)


Peace education rooted in the identity and mission of catholic education

Peace Education Rooted in the Identity and Mission of Catholic Education

Professor Dr Angelina Gutiérrez

St. Scholastica’s College - Manila

CEAP National Convention "Building a Culture of Peace:

Shaping the Vision, Living the Dream”

Session: Integrating Peace Education in the Curriculum

Davao City, Sept. 22, 2011


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