I TEACH PEACE CHAMPION: (NORHANIFAH ALIKHAN) Putting Love at the Heart of Teaching
“After we introduced the different peace songs and chants to our pupils, it became a reminder for them to be friendly to one another… I realized that teaching peace can be fun, interactive and innovative at the same time.”
More than giving service to the younger generation, love is in the heart of every educator. We teach in order to mold and guide them to have a better future.
Norhanifah Alikhan is an I TEACH PEACE Champion from Camp Bagong Amai Pakpak Elementary School in Marawi City. Her view of education changed after she attended the Teachers Leaders for Peace program and became an I TEACH PEACE Champion. “Before, we were focused on the intellectual aspect of the curriculum. After we became part of the Kapatiran Schools, we’ve always made sure to integrate peace education with our teachings and our different activities in our school,” she said.
During the Teacher Leaders for Peace program in Davao last January, the teachers were taught about the importance and the different ways of creating a peaceful environment for students which include activities such as peace claps, peace jargons and peace chants. She shared, “I am trying to understand their behavior and now, I am able to teach them using the right approach.” This made her realize that teaching can be fun, interactive, and innovative at the same time.
After the formation session, Norhanifah Alikhan was one of the teachers who re-echoed what she learned to her learners. This resulted to positive outcomes such as decreased number of bullying cases at their school. “After we introduced the different peace songs and chants to our pupils, it became a reminder for them to be friendly to one another.” She even recalled the time when she cannot leave the learners even just for a few minutes because there will be chaos inside the classroom. But now, they have become more disciplined.
This made Norhanifah Alikhan’s teaching experience not just fun but also, even more meaningful.
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.