MSU-Maguindanao Faculty Wins "Best Presenter" during the 3rd OPAPRU Research Conference

In line with the celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month 2023 with the theme “Kapayapaan: Responsibilidad ng Bawat Mamamayan”, MSU-Maguindanao through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension, Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao, and the Master of Arts in Peace and Development studies faculty and alumni presented research papers to the 3rd OPAPRU Research Conference on September 7-8, 2023, at Chardonnay by Astoria, Pasig City, Philippines.

The research papers which were in line with the conference theme “Building Resilient Communities: Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalism” were among the 12 accepted papers from more than 50 online submissions:

(1) Youth Participation in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism: The Significant Role of Immersive Peace Education – Dr. Raquel Santiago-Arenas, Prof. Grant Warren D. Lu, Mr. Rico Kionisala
(2) The Role of Madaris Education in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism – Dr. Margie D. Fiesta, Ms. Roslainee Salilaguia

At the end of the research conference, Dir. Grant Warren D. Lu of the IPDM was the Conference’s Best Presenter. Their research on immersive approach to peace education was one of the outputs of the strengthened offering of the Fundamentals of Peace Education which the teaching of FPE101 from traditional academic set-ups to more engaging learning exposures from peace organizations and site visits. The study revolved on determining how this immersive approach has influenced MSU-Maguindanao students in viewing violent extremism and radicalized movements to VE in their communities. 

PAPRU Carlito Galvez Jr. highlighted in his message the partnership of OPAPRU and MSU to the implementation of MNLF Camp Transformation Programs, and how partnering with the academe has changed the perceptions of MNLF communities to building greater communities in the Bangsamoro region.

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