The Bangsamoro people’s quest for self-determination has been pockmarked by long period of conflict, with battle weary communities adding their voices to support the implementation of peace agreements that were reached by the 2 major Moro Fronts (1976 with the MNLF) and 2014 (with the MILF). But beyond the silencing of guns, how will the peace gains be preserved?

What is the role of institutions in preserving these peace gains? Moreover, what is the role of the individual in promoting peace?

The Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) recognizes that there are many roads and tracks that will lead to sustainable peace. One of these paths is through education.

Two new projects that the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society is undertaking is in partnership with the Pathways to Education in Mindanao, in itself a programme supported by the DFAT.

One project will mainstream peace education in pilot schools in Parang (Maguindanao) and Kapatagan (Lanao del Sur), the other will seek to build an enabling peace environments in 2 pilot barangays of South Upi and in one barangay in Ampatuan.

Both projects seek to contribute to sustained peace building by working with children in their formative years, strengthening community institutions that provide education and protection of children as well as inculcating peace values rooted in their faith beliefs, cultural traditions and universal principles. The projects will seek to influence paradigms and mindsets of peoples in and outside of the project communities that could improve and transform social relations.

“It is a fresh and a very good project to be implemented and peace education inculcated in youg minds can lead to shaping morally upright young men and women in the future, District Supervisor, Professor Malilim Kasan said.