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New history aims to aid peace efforts

  • Manuel T. Cayon, Davao City
  • Philippines
  • September 22, 2011
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Catholic educators meeting in Davao City, southern Philippines announced today they aim to correct historical biases and inaccuracies about Mindanao and its inhabitants, especially the Muslims and indigenous people, in elementary and high school textbooks.

Members of the Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP), meeting for a three-day national convention that began yesterday, agreed to rewrite history textbooks that religious leaders say “shore up biases against the Muslim and indigenous culture.”

Father Antonio Moreno, SJ, president of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, said the CEAP is specifically concerned about the biases and their effects on Church initiatives for interreligious dialogue in Mindanao and prevention of violence along religious lines in mixed communities.

He added that the project would last for 18 months, after which it would be subject to a Mindanao-wide consultation involving Muslim academic and professional communities and leaders of indigenous peoples.
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