REFLECTIONS BY SAMANTHA LUMANG: Peace Education: Transforming the Human Soul
(v.) to surpass or go beyond the range or limits of something.
When people ask me what the Teach Peace Build Peace Movement is all about and what we do as peace advocates, “transcend” is one word that could best represent and answer that. ( Credits to Ate Apple during the Peace Kwentuhan Session)
We transcend the conventional ideas of what education is. It is so much more than just sharpening the mind and training it to be academically competent. It is so much more than just memorizing the multiplication table or understanding what e=mc^2 is.
Education, specifically peace education, is all about transforming the human soul and mind and developing itself through values formation. It’s seeing the peace that is innate in each and every person and using that as a tool to bring forth understanding and unity in society.
If we continue to nurture our children of today, strengthening their inner peace, teaching them about peaceful living, in turn, they will one day transcend the future we envision. They will create peace in the most unbelieveable ways we can imagine. They will bring together people of different generations, different backgrounds, different races, different beliefs and appreciate one another for what makes them unique. They will fill the world with love and respect, so much so that it resolves all forms of conflict.
They will make the impossible things possible.
There is great opportunity for a brighter future, but we can only hope and dream so much. We need to act and form today’s young and imaginative minds into the potential leaders and peacemakers of tomorrow who will transcend. Transcend all biases, transcend all conflicts, transcend all misunderstandings.
Despite the many things that keep me busy in school, I am always refreshed and recharged in heart whenever I see these kids grow more and more into the peace heroes we wish for them to be. They inspire me to continue the mission of creating a culture of peace and live it everyday. These kids prove that peace can come from anyone and begin with anyone.
Peace is not easily accepted by all but truly, all are accepted by peace.
Schools and Communities of Peace Heroes Formation Program | Peace Mission 2018, Maguindanao
Samantha Lumang is one of Teach Peace Build Peace Movement’s (TPBPM) Youth Peace Ambassadors, a Musician for Peace Ambassador, a Multimedia Artist and Lead Trainer of the Teach Peace Build Peace Movement in various communities.
Currently, she is a BEST (Benildean Excellence in Scholastics and Talents) scholar at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde taking up Bachelor of Science Major in Industrial Design.