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Notre Dame of Jolo College Culture of Peace through Soil Painting


The Peace Center of Notre dame of Jolo  College convened student peace animators in a one-day culture of peace workshop through the integration of Soil Painting last July 24, 2011 at the said campus in Jolo, province of Sulu.

Peace Center Director Ms. Janice Jalali disclosed that “it is one of the initiatives of the center in bridging peace among the students”. NDJC integrates the culture of peace in the various activities within the school and outside communities.

NDJC Peace Centers Programs, funded by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), conducted the one-day Culture of Peace and Soil Painting Workshop dubbed Down to Earth: Sharing stories from hues and shades in collaboration with partners to include Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and the Philippine Youth Leadership Program.

Soil Painting Workshop was a re-entry plan of Mr. Ryan Victor Miranda, 3rd year mass Communication student of Ateneo de Zamboanga University and youth leader of the PYLP batch 7 along with the Peace center Director.

The workshop focussed on understanding the context of Mindanao Situation specifically one owns locality and projecting a positive image being the land of promise, land of conflict to a land of a brighter future.

The integration of soil as a medium to create masterpieces of arts that depicts greater visions for our community was clearly emphasized by the resource speakers namely Mr. Miranda and Mr. Aldrin Abdurahim, PAZ IRD Coordinator.

NDJC’s Soil Painting Workshop enhanced greater appreciation from the peace animators of one’s cultures and the uniqueness that it has towards developing pro-active solutions to peace education, peace and development and enhancing Muslim- Christian and Indigenous Peoples relations.

“UNICEF shared that Children are the world’s best investment”. It is with this exhortation that Mr. Miranda shared the inspirations of propagating soil painting as creative arts for peace.

“This is not your typical story. This is the story of any well-meaning citizen who can offer to the community children and to Mother Earth as well, which, as we all know, has been very generous to us in all aspects” he added.

The activity focused on having a small workshop on painting using the different kinds of soil as a medium in creating a picture. Accordingly, Soil plays a vital role in the existence of almost all individuals especially in creating a cultural story from its own hues and shades.

In the workshop, peace animators were taught  with the fundamentals of soil painting and at the same time creating a story on how they see Mindanao as their place which they call home though peace education, peace and development and Muslim-Christian and Indigenous peoples relations.

At the end of the workshop, the peace animators shared great appreciation on the culture of peace with emphasis on the soil painting as an art and an approach to propagate peace.

Mr. Abdurahim, who facilitated the synthesis and plenary discussions revealed the fundamentals of peace and challenged the animators to inspire other youth and students of NDJC so as to bring positive images on the Archipelago of Sulu.

Moreover, the activity enlightened the team of the Peace center to continue the many ideals for peace through the power of the young people. Indeed, peace animators were not just trained but have yielded more stories to be inspired with.

By Aldrin B. Abdurahim

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