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CHED directs colleges, universities to integrate peace and IP studies in curricula

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By Merlina Hernando-Malipot 

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has directed higher education institutions (HEIs) to integrate Peace Studies and Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) Studies into the relevant higher education curricula starting the academic year (AY) 2019-2020.

Dr. Prospero De Vera III (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

Dr. Prospero De Vera III
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CHED Chairman J. Prospero De Vera III issued two separate CHED Memorandum Orders (CMOs) related to this. Both signed on April 2, he issued CMO No. 1 s. 2019 and CMO No. 2 s. 2019, enjoining HEIs to offer Peace Studies and IP Studies, respectively.

De Vera, in the CMO No. 1 s. 2019 or “Integration of Peace Studies/Education Into the Relevant Higher Education Curricula” said that all public and private HEIs may offer Peace Studies/ Education in their respective curricula through, but not limited to: integrate/incorporate with other subjects such as history, social sciences, sociology, political science, management and humanities or offer it as an elective subject.

Recognizing that there are HEIs that already offer the Peace Studies/Education either as major courses, program, specialization, or a degree program – among others – De Vera said the CHED “encourages these HEIs to help other HEIs and train potential peace educators on developing and implementing Peace Studies/Education.”

De Vera added that these HEIs “may apply for financial assistance to conduct capacity building trainings” for faculty on Peace Education to the Office of Programs and Standards Development (OPSD) which has available funds for such training under its Faculty Development Program (Continuing Professional Education).

HEIs without capability of offering Peace Studies/Education “may also submit their applications for financial assistance to the OPSD to conduct a Peace Education Training for their faculty in partnership with other HEIs/organizations.”

De Vera said that HEIs may start offering Peace Studies/Education on the first semester of AY 2019-2020 “as an integrated topic to an existing subject/course.” If this will be offered as an elective subject/course, he explained that the HEIs “must submit its revised curriculum, course outcomes, course description, curriculum map, faculty profile to handle the elective/subject to the CHED Regional Office one (1) term prior to the opening of the AY.

Meanwhile, De Vera – in the CMO No. 2 s. 2019 or “Integration of Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) Studies/Education Into the Relevant Higher Education Curricula” said that all public and private HEIs may offer IP Education in their respective curricula through, but not limited to:integrate/incorporate with other subjects such as history, social sciences, political science, sociology, and humanities or include readings about the IP and Muslims in the New General Education curriculum, particularly in Philippine History.

Since there are HEIs that already offer the IP Studies/Education either as a stand-alone or integrated subject (mandated or elective), major courses, or program specialization – among others – CHED also “encourages these HEIs to help other HEIs and train potential IP educators on developing and implementing IP Studies/Education.”

Just like in Peace Studies, De Vera said these HEIs “may apply for financial assistance to conduct capacity building trainings” for faculty on IP Education to the OPSD which has available funds for such training under its Faculty Development Program.

De Vera said that HEIs may start offering IP Studies/Education on the first semester of AY 2019-2020 “as an integrated topic to an existing subject/course or as part of reading materials in a general education subject/course.”

All public and private HEIs, De Vera said, are enjoined to offer Peace Studies ad IP Education in their respective curricula and for the CHED-ROs “to closely monitor” their offering.

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