Training of Trainers (TOT)
The Training of Trainers for Peace and Human Rights Education: A Refresher’s Course, of the Angel C. Palanca Peace Program Foundation, Inc. with its partners the Commission on Human Rights, PAHRA and Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Philippines, was held on 29 and 30 April 2019 at the Work Room, Second Floor, SGI Philippines Headquarters, 66 Timog Avenue, Quezon City. Themed, 2019: Year of the Youth, The Role of the Millennial in Building Peaceful, Sustainable, and Dignified Future, it aims to provide an advanced workshop for teachers and trainers with at least two years experience in peace and human rights work, focusing on the need for a training of trainers for the youth.
The event was attended by seventeen organizations, namely: UNESCO Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (UNESCO-APNIEVE), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), In Defense of Human Dignity (iDEFEND), Peacemakers’ Circle Foundation, Inc., Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Philippines, National University (NU), Philippine Normal University (PNU), Far Eastern University (FEU), Centro Escolar University (CEU), La Consolacion University of the Philippines (LCUP), Ramon Magsaysay High School Cubao (RMHSC), Children's Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRDC), Dakila, Kilusan, ROAR Integrated Marketing Communications Services Inc., and the Angel C. Palanca Peace Program Foundation, Inc. (ACP3FI).
The Welcome Remarks was made by Ms. Hisako H. Alcantara, General Director of SGI Philippines who gave the message that everyone is equal and deserving of respect. The first speaker, Dr. Rowena Raton – Hibanada discussed “Understanding the Relevance of Teaching Peace and Human Rights in the Challenging Times,” and her key message is the role of people as the greatest resource for building a culture of peace. She highlights the need to create more contextualized resources and research on teacher competencies on peace education, and on the extent of teaching peace education in schools and the community. The second speaker, Prof. Carl O. Dellomos discussed “Sikolohiyang Pilipino sa Pagtuturo ng Kapayapaan at Karapatang Pantao.” He highlighted the “sense of kapwa” which is the basis of Sikolohiyang Pilipino, and the need to strengthen “ugnayan” by doing acts that contribute to relationships towards a shared humanity. The key to effective communication is having a strong link to others, as it is human nature to listen to and believe those who are not different from us.
The third speaker was Prof. Marites Africa for “Pagkakatao: Inner Work for Self Awareness and Transformation.” She discussed that peace is an ecosystem and the secret to peacebuilding is handling differences and honoring the richness that diversity brings to our relationships. The fourth speaker was Mr. Max Arroyo on “Developing Content for the Digital World.” In his talk, he discussed that content marketing is intended to stimulate interest. To make your content stand out, it has to be relevant to the market, readable, relatable. The fifth speaker was Ms. Rash Caritativo on “Digital Activism,” and she talked about the “I” or “self” (loob) relates to the “other” (kapwa) in a manner where we put the other as extensions of ourselves.
The second day’s activities focused on showcasing good practices in teaching peace and human rights. Several groups presented their modules and experiences in teaching peace education including Angel C. Palanca Peace Program Foundation, Task Force Detainees of the Philippines, PAHRA, Commission on Human Rights, and the National University. Prof. Felicia Yeban and Prof. Wilson Chua gave inputs on critical pedagogy after the presentation of the modules. Prof. Yeban said that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to modules, and teaching has to be a whole system of education that is interactive and participatory, and uses reflection sessions. Prof. Chua gave the suggestion that there has to be a dialogical approach to teaching that is done by listening to one another, getting to know the needs of participants, and sharing of experiences. He echoed the views of Prof. Yeban in having more group dynamics that would give participants the chance to share.
The final talk of the day was given by Dr. Feliece Yeban. She shared a brief history of how the modern education system evolved and gave a focus on the changes that have taken place in Peace and Human Rights Education. She stressed on the need for Peace and Human Rights educators to move from “level 1.0”, wherein educators are facilitators focused on understanding of concepts, to “level 2.0”, which is neuro-science based, focusing on emotional intelligence, with the educator acting as mentor/life coach. She ended her talk by sharing a methodology for peace and human rights education to ponder the BANIG Methodology: 1. Batayang Karanasan (Activate)- students real life experience and prior knowledge; 2. Anihan (Define and Ideate)- the problem or phenomena that students identifies relevant to the course and generate as many information using various sources and use of multiple perspectives; 3. Nilay (Design) the knowledge generated from competing ideas using frames or mental model. Provide opportunities for reflection; 4. Inobasyon (Elaborate)- the generated, organized knowledge through by applying knowledge and creating something; 5. Ganap (Synthesize) -students experience in the course by emphasizing the “big picture” discovered interconnected of things-create a story that will resonate with the students.
The training ended with the participants singing a song of solidarity, entitled, “Stop, in the name of love!”