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Catholic schools address Mindanao conflict in CEAP National Convention 2017

In its 76th founding anniversary, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) held a three-day national convention focusing on the communion of communities.

With the theme Communio: Building and Sustaining Ecclesial Communities for Life, 3,200 delegates from 1,500 Catholic schools convened at the SMX Convention Center Davao to address the ongoing conflict in Mindanao. In a report made by Mindanews, Catholic institutions in the country are pooling together to help improve the teaching standards of schools in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). (Read: Catholic schools help Muslim schools)

CEAP President Fr. Joel Tabora cited that the “educational delivery is worst in Muslim Mindanao”. This is attributed to the historical injustices done to the Muslims and Lumads. Furthermore, he emphasized that the injustices are not only a “Mindanao problem but a national problem.” “The war in Mindanao has a religious dimension but its roots are clearly in social injustice,” Tabora said.

CEAP schools in Mindanao are moving towards an interfaith approach and intercultural dialogue to identify the issues in Mindanao. Moreover, the Catholic institutions are determining what contributions could be made to fight extremism in general.

Posted on: 10.02.2017

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