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It has al­ways been very good to let chil­dren the value of ed­u­ca­tion and im­por­tance of go­ing to school at the ear­li­est stage pos­si­ble, par­tic­u­larly in the ele­men­tary level where their for­ma­tion and foun­da­tion are molded.

Chil­dren at their ear­li­est ages should learn and re­al­ize the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion in their lives. As teach­ers, our best tool is at­ti­tude. Hav­ing a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude about read­ing and a cu­rios­ity about learn­ing new things in­stills sim­i­lar be­liefs in stu­dents. Show them that ed­u­ca­tion is the ticket to ful­fill­ing their dreams and hav­ing a pro­duc­tive life.

Teach the value of ed­u­ca­tion early in a child’s life. Chil­dren are nat­u­rally cu­ri­ous and ob­ser­vant. Tell them to read books and that they need to learn to read to be able to also share such en­joy­ment. Read to them of­ten help them de­velop their lan­guage skills.

Im­press on chil­dren the im­por­tance of school. This means get­ting them to school on time and mod­el­ing the im­por­tance of punc­tu­al­ity. Take an in­ter­est in all their home­work and make sure the re­quired as­sign­ments are com­pleted be­fore the due dat es.

Take chil­dren to ed­u­ca­tional yet fun parks. In­stead of tak­ing them to the malls, take them to a mu­seum, science cen­ter or zoo. Ex­plain to them that con­tin­u­ing their ed­u­ca­tion will al­low them to un­der­stand more about the world around them. This strat­egy will cer­tainly make them more mo­ti­vated to learn and study.

In­tro­duce the com­puter to chil­dren. Com­put­ers never fail to amaze peo­ple, es­pe­cially young chil­dren. Let them play grade-level soft­ware games that will pro­vide fun and en­ter­tain­ment. Em­pha­size to chil­dren that learn­ing about com­puter use, videos and ed­u­ca­tion go hand in hand.

Teach the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion daily. You could in­cor­po­rate math­e­mat­ics into daily tasks and sit­u­a­tions. Their love for learn­ing could start if you rely on them to do spe­cific tasks. In­cor­po­rate count­ing, read­ing and writ­ing within those sim­ple tasks. For ex­am­ple, you could take them to the mar­ket and have them pick out a cer­tain num­ber items (like five ap­ples or four or­anges).

If you want them to love ed­u­ca­tion, make sure to place them in an en­vi­ron­ment that fos­ters com­fort, fun and learn­ing at the same time. This way, a child will no­tice and grow to re­spect the time you put into his or her ed­u­ca­tion.

— oOo— The au­thor is Teacher III at LOLU Ele­men­tary School


As per Divi­sion Me­moran­dum No.194, s. 2017, re­leased by the Divi­sion of An­ge­les City on June 13, 2017, en­ti­tled “Pub­lic Man­i­fes­ta­tion of DepEd’s Dec­la­ra­tion of Schools as Zones of Peace, as a Reit­er­a­tion of Depart­ment Or­der No. 44, s.2005, all schools in An­ge­les City are in­structed to post tar­pau­lin, declar­ing schools as Zones of Peace to make the mes­sage per­ma­nent and no­tice­able.

But, what is the true mean­ing of the word Peace? As de­fined in the Mer­riam Web­ster, Peace is a state of tran­quil­ity or quiet: such as a free­dom from civil dis­tur­bance. We say that a per­son is at peace, when his mind is cool, calm and at ease. We say that a na­tion, a com­mu­nity or a school is at peace, when it is free from war, from chaos, quar­rels and dis­agree­ments.

Nowa­days, the cul­ture of vi­o­lence which per­vades our so­ci­ety, glo­ri­fy­ing war rather than ed­u­cat­ing for peace, non­vi­o­lence, and co­op­er­a­tion; the wide spread of ter­ror­ism, which is pro­duc­ing con­tin­ued, un­re­lent­ing at­tacks on civil­ian and mil­i­tary tar­gets; the widen­ing of the gap be­tween rich and poor which is caused by eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion and marginal­iza­tion; the eth­nic, re­li­gious and racial in­tol­er­ances which become the prin­ci­pal sources of mod­ern armed con­flict; the lack of pro­tec­tion and re­spect for chil­dren and youth, which con­tin­ues to be ex­ploited and vic­tim­ized, par­tic­u­larly in vi­o­lent con­flict sit­u­a­tions where harm­ing chil­dren have become not only a con­se­quence, but fre­quently a strat­egy of war; the lack of democracy and just gov­er­nance at all lev­els of so­ci­ety which is caus­ing con­flicts and re­plac­ing the rule of law with the rule of force; the pres­ence of food crises in some places which causes re­duc­tion of food pro­duc­tion, hunger and star­va­tion; and the pro­lif­er­a­tion of drug Ad­dic­tion which causes com­mit­ment of Crimes such as : theft or dam­age of prop­erty, Rapes, Killings/ Mur­ders etc. are ram­pantly be­ing ob­served in the com­mu­nity or so­ci­ety. These sit­u­a­tions cause agony, worry, un­rest, distress, rest­less­ness, Fearand dis­qui­etofthep­eo­pleinthecom­mu­ni­ty­wheretheschool­sare­si­t­u­ated. Few view­points have been so of­ten, so freely raised as that one of peace. But peace is among the most overused and of­ten abused clips of man’s de­sires.

The idea of peace is as an­cient as de­vel­op­ment, but the pre­req­ui­sites of peace trans­form with the trans­form­ing world. To­day, peo­ple need a new mean­ing of peace, one by which they can dis­tin­guish not only the many pres­sures to peace but also the many as­pects of true and gen­uine peace.

Peace is a com­mon word. It is much more than the nonex­is­tence of con­flict. But, the word peace means many dif­fer­ent ideas from a non­phys­i­cal view­point.

Ac­cord­ing to Spinoza, “Peace is not an ab­sence of war; it is a virtue, a state of mind, a dis­po­si­tion of benev­o­lence, trust and jus­tice”.

Peace is a virtue, means a good trait or kind, cour­te­ous, mod­est dis­po­si­tion of char­ac­ter that leads to good be­hav­ior towards other peo­ple.

Peace is a state of mind con­notes a men­tal state of well-be­ing, tran­quil­ity or quiet which cre­ates hap­pi­ness and a feel­ing of in­ner peace. Es­sen­tially, It is a stress-free state of se­cu­rity and calm­ness that comes when ev­ery­thing is co­ex­ist­ing in per­fect har­mony and free­dom. Peace is a dis­po­si­tion of benev­o­lence, trust and jus­tice, ex­pounds that: It is the ca­pac­ity for some­one to un­der­stand the feel­ings of other peo­ple. Peace di­rects our heart to feel what other peo­ple are feel­ing. Love will not be felt with a closed heart. Lov­ing our fel­low men is peace it­self;

It is com­pas­sion­ate. It gives us the op­por­tu­nity to know what other peo­ple have been through. We sym­pa­thize and em­pathize be­cause we know their tri­als and tribu­la­tions in life;

It makes us de­fine the mean­ing of sen­si­tiv­ity, which is gen­tle, kind, car­ing, and love. And love is the quin­tes­sen­tial as­pect of peace. With­out sen­si­tiv­ity, there will be no gen­tle­ness, kind­ness, car­ing and love. With­out no gen­tle­ness, kind­ness, car­ing and love, there will be no peace at all;

It con­veys re­spect. Re­spect begets re­spect. would be peace­ful;

It brings about good­will which is a friendly dis­po­si­tion with benev­o­lence and kind­ness. Thus, we start think­ing about oth­ers more than we about our­selves;

In to­day’s fast chang­ing world where Global eco­nomic bal­ances are shift­ing fast in all domains of man­u­fac­tur­ing, trad­ing, and fi­nance, we need Peace that is an in­no­va­tive force, an ac­tive process that com­prises both ful­fill­ment of man’s ba­sic needs and grat­i­fi­ca­tion of spir­i­tual goals.

True peace goes hand in hand with jus­tice. The God-given peace that our cre­ator wants for us, is founded on jus­tice, where ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­one He cre­ated is in right re­la­tion­ship with each other and can at­tain their God-given po­ten­tial.

Gen­uine peace needs to be la­bor­ing at, like a life­long re­la­tion­ship. It means ap­pre­ci­at­ing and ac­cept­ing all peo­ple as our own broth­ers and sis­ters and re­spect­ing other peo­ple’s progress, as well as our own. And it means shap­ing a fu­ture for the next gen­er­a­tions so they can re­al­ize life in all its full­ness and peace in its to­tal­ity.

This is all THE TRUE MEAN­ING OF PEACE for what ev­ery SCHOOL de­sires for the fu­ture lead­ers of our na­tion. If ev­ery­one re­spects each other, the world — oOo— The au­thor is Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram Su­per­vi­sor

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