This paper aims to contribute to peace education initiatives. A critical review of mainstream children's literature in the Philippines in terms of themes and values related to peace and conflict precedes a discussion of alternative sources for children's stories from traditional, ethnic literature. The review is informed by an understanding of the multi-dimensional character of peace education efforts. A recent study on peace education in the country recommends the need to develop a critical mass of people who will reject war and violence and advance a culture of peace by expanding the reach of education campaigns to include those sectors that have hardly been reached. Children, especially those belonging to the UNICEF defined group who needs special protection (CNSP) may best participate in peace education thru children's stories. The writing, production and use of children's stories to this end, however, require a vigorous campaign to change the way people think and feel about peace and violence. As an initiative, writers of contemporary stories for children should be provided with the rich resouce of traditional, ethnic literature to enable them to become agencies of behavior change among Filipino children. There are many inspirations for this task which are already found to exist in the culture which the writers only need to re-discover.
|Keywords:||Peace, Peace Education, Children, Stories, Folk Literature|
Professor, College of Arts & Letters,, Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines
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