In the light of ongoing peace talks in Mindanao and the disturbing religious fanaticism in the Middle East, Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School is organizing #MindaNOW: Righting Mindanao’s History – A Regional Teachers’ Training-Workshop set on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the AdI-SMCS School Gymnasium.
This partly-subsidized teachers’ training-workshop targets Social Studies and Values Education (or Christian Life Education) teachers in both high school and grade school. It aims to:
1. respond to the need of teachers to have updated and first-hand information on the geopolitics in Mindanao and the Middle East, meeting the thrust of K-to-12 in the Araling Panlipunan curriculum;
2. hone pedagogical skills of teachers by reinforcing their understanding and responsiveness of history, geography, politics, economy, and national development in the Philippines, in Asia, and the world;
3. equip our teachers with facts and perspectives necessary for effective analysis of social issues, hopefully leading to helping students propose possible solutions; and
4. provide experiences in line with the themes in the curriculum of K-to-12 in Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao which include contribution to national development and world unity.
The affair will feature the following topics and speakers:
1. The Historical Context of Bangsamoro, by anthropologist Dr. Heidi Gloria, member of the Board of Advisers of Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia, professor of Ateneo de Davao University, and member of the National Historical Institute Board of Directors
2. Finding the Filipino Muslims’ Identity by Prof. Datu Mussolini Lidasan, Executive Director of Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia, professor of Ateneo de Davao University, former National President of Aksyon Mindanaw, and former United Nations Community Development Specialist of UN Multi-Donor Programme
3. Righting Mindanao’s History, by Rev. Fr. Albert Alejo, of the Society of Jesus, anthropologist, co-founder of Mindanawon Initiatives for Cultural Dialogue, professor of Ateneo de Davao University, and founding member of the Coalition of Mindanao for Cultural Dialogue
The teachers’ training-workshop will have a registration fee of eight hundred fifty pesos (PhP850.00) per person to partly cover the costs of two (2) snacks, lunch, handouts, venue, certificates, and speakers’ professional fees (including speakers’ board, lodging, and transportation).