Bullying, tragic incidents of hazing-related deaths, instances of violence between teachers and students and among students themselves, sowing seeds of distrust through online disinformation – these are just some of the issues of conflict and violence educational institutions face today in the country. While violence in Philippine schools may not be as prevalent as in some other countries, still there have been incidents reported over the years.

As Lyceum of the Philippines University Cavite (LPU Cavite) endeavors to become an internationally accredited university dedicated to innovation and excellence in the service of God and country, it is essential to recognize the pivotal role that peace education plays in achieving this vision. Peace education, with its focus on conflict resolution, social justice, and global citizenship, serves as a foundation for fostering a culture of innovation, inclusivity, and excellence within the university community.

It is the duty of LPU Cavite to educate students to be global citizens capable of navigating the challenges of an interconnected world. Students’ sense of global citizenship is fostered by the ideals of tolerance, empathy, and social responsibility that peace education instills. Through their involvement with social justice, human rights, and sustainable development concerns, students get a more profound comprehension of their function as catalysts for constructive transformation in society. LPU Cavite fosters a community of graduates who are not only academically accomplished but also socially aware and morally upright global citizens via the use of peace education.

Excellence is not only measured by academic achievement but also by the extent to which a university embraces diversity, inclusivity, and equity. Peace education promotes inclusivity by recognizing and celebrating the diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives within the university community. By creating spaces for dialogue, reflection, and understanding, LPU Cavite ensures that all voices are heard and valued. Through peace education initiatives, LPU Cavite strives to create an inclusive learning environment where every student has the opportunity to thrive and excel, regardless of race, gender, religion, or socio-economic status.

Peace education aligns closely with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), serving as a powerful tool for achieving sustainable peace, justice, and inclusive societies. By integrating peace education into its curriculum and practices, LPU Cavite contributes directly to several SDGs:

  • Quality Education (SDG 4): By promoting a climate of tolerance, respect, and understanding, peace education works to ensure that all students receive a high-quality, inclusive education. Through the development of intercultural competency and conflict resolution skills, LPU Cavite guarantees that every student has access to high-quality instruction that fosters chances for lifelong learning.
  • Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions (SDG 16): In addition to helping to create inclusive, accountable, and peaceful societies, peace education is essential for the development of inclusive, effective institutions at all levels. LPU Cavite helps to build strong and resilient institutions that support the rule of law and foster social cohesion by fostering a culture of peace, dialogue, and respect for human rights.
  • Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17): Achieving the SDGs requires collaborative efforts and partnerships between government agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sector. LPU Cavite actively engages in partnerships and collaborations with various stakeholders to promote peace education and advance the SDGs. By fostering meaningful partnerships, LPU Cavite amplifies its impact and contributes to collective efforts towards sustainable development.

Peace education emerges as a key component of Lyceum of the Philippines University Cavite’s success as it works to fulfill its objective of becoming an internationally acknowledged university committed to innovation and quality in the service of God and nation. In addition to promoting an innovative and exceptional culture, LPU Cavite makes a substantial contribution to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals by incorporating peace education into its institutional framework and practices.

LPU Cavite exhibits its role as a catalyst for positive change and a ray of hope for a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world through its dedication to peace education. Through its commitment to peace education, LPU Cavite demonstrates its role as a catalyst for positive change and a beacon of hope for a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.