PEACE HERO KIDS: ( ASNAIRA BANDANG) piece of peace
When I was called and selected to be part of the Peace Heroes Child Ambassadors, I was happy, and I thought that it was just an ordinary seminar where we are only going to listen to someone. But as I entered the room, I felt the excitement and particular kind of happiness because there are a lot of new people – who even mingled and interacted, played and had fun with us. That was the time that I knew that I will have a new ‘ate’ and ‘kuya’, who are the TPBPM’s Volunteers. Up to now, they still inspire and motivate us not just to study well and reach for our dreams, but also make us appreciate the beauty of doing good and its impact for a peaceful world. One of my most unforgettable experiences with TPBPM was when we were asked to close our eyes, and Ate Honey was saying something.
All I felt was peace. Ate Honey made us feel the importance of having peace at that very moment. From the day I became a Peace Hero, TPBPM changed the way I live. I met a lot of new people, friends and even improved my relationship with the school community, like my teachers and other schoolmates. But the most significant change that I had was, I already avoid having conflicts with anyone, and getting mad immediately because I realized that no matter what happens, I need to be patient and I need to accept everyone’s differences. I learned during our sessions that no matter what religion a person belongs to, we need to make friends and accept them.
To other kids, who are also involved in TPBPM’s SCPHFP, I hope that you do not fight with each other. I know you can achieve that if you know how to respect everyone – their identity, religion, beliefs, and faith. Let us always remember that no matter how small or big we think we are, it is essential that we get to help other people in the best way that we can; for peace is about sharing whatever we have to others. Let us always remember all the lessons we gained from being a peace hero child ambassador for all of these can help us build a peaceful community.
Soteya Trasadas is a graduate of International Studies Major in International Politics Minor in Peace Studies from Miriam College. She is currently a member of Teach Peace Build Peace Movement’s (TPBPM) Management Team as a Program Associate and one of the organization’s Lead Trainers. She is also a part of TPBPM’s Core Team particularly in the field of Secretariat, Communications and Assessment, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting.