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CPS receives a grant from US Institute of Peace

The prestigious United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has recently awarded a grant to UH Manoa Center for Philippine Studies, per letter of USIP President Jim Marshall to Dr. Federico Magdalena, project investigator.

Entitled "Teaching Enriched History and Bridging Cultures: In Search of Peace in Mindanao, Philippines," the project shall implement a local history curriculum ingested with peace education for undergraduate students in three campuses of Mindanao State University (Iligan, Marawi and Bongao). It enhances teacher capacity through a training program to effectively handle Muslim and Lumad histories, and promotes a culture of peace in the region in support of the peace talks between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Philippine government.

The Center partners with MSU for this initiative, with funding support from USIP starting in May 2013 through April 2015. Dr. Faina Ulindang, Dr. Samuel Anonas, and Dr. Jamail Kamlian serve as coordinators from MSU for its implementation.

MSU is the second largest state university in the Philippines mandated to promote integration of the Muslims to Philippine society and polity. It celebrated its golden anniversary in 2011.

In May 2013, the project team will conduct a teacher capacity building workshop in Iligan City for at least 30 mentors from this university. At the start of the first semester in June, they will be ready to teach the revised history curriculum to some 3,000 students. This is a required course to all students.

This project is part of the larger eMindanao initiative, which has an online course component for UHM students and their counterparts at Mindanao State University and Ateneo de Zamboanga University.

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress to increase the nationís capacity to manage international conflict without violence. By supporting events across the country that cover a wide range of peace and conflict mitigation topics, USIP aims to contribute in a significant way to the national conversation on addressing and preventing international conflict. USIP welcomes proposals of an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary nature.

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