September is pretty special to me. It’s my birthday month (yay!) and it happens to be the month of peace – an advocacy close to my heart.
Every September, we celebrate the National Peace Consciousness Month here in the Philippines. Various activities are being conducted by the government, international and local NGOs, local government units and communities, the security sectors, the academe and other peace stakeholders to increase awareness on peace and conflict issues and initiatives. This year, the Bangsamoro Peace Process takes center stage in this month-long celebration and the theme called on for unity among Filipinos to ensure peace and continued progress in the country.
On the other hand, September 21, is being observed around the world as the International Day of Peace. It is a special day to acknowledge the contributions of those working for peace as well as to call on all nations to honor this day of non-violence and cease-fire. This year’s theme is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.
In response to this calling and in solidarity with all those whose passion is to pursue peace, I am launching this peace blog. Wiiiii! Through this blog, I’d like to capture the spirit of the peace month, hence, every “blogging day” could be like September – Everyday September! (This is my first really and I’m still studying this platform but I’m already excited to get started so here it is, a work in progress.)
I believe that to achieve lasting peace, we need to build an enabling environment for it to flourish. One of the ways to do this is by educating the young people of today with the values and skills of peace, by cultivating a culture of peace. I’d like to contribute to this big and challenging task by featuring here in Everyday September, amazing parents and teachers who could teach us a thing or two on conflict resolution; local initiatives on peacebuilding; resources for peace education; and other issues of peace and conflict. I hope this will be useful to parents, teachers, peace advocates and anyone who’d like to “give peace a chance.”
Have an amazing September and peace be with you all!
 Culture of Peace consists of “values, attitudes and behaviours that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations” (United Nations).