Painting murals gives parents, teachers, youth an empowering role for promoting peace

By Lou Ellen L Antonio

Youth volunteers from  Mindanao State University Okir organization extend assistance for the mural painting at Guimba Lilod Elementary School. (Lou Ellen L. Antonio/ PIA ICIC)

MARAWI CITY, May 19– For youth volunteers, teachers, and parents of learners of Guimba Lilod Elementary School, painting murals has been empowering for them to join the community in promoting peace. 

Asniah Mauna-Macauyag, a mother of a kinder and grade 1 pupil, said that her desire to be a role model to her children motivated her to participate in the peace mural painting activity. She shared that parents should show their children how to unite with other people in doing activities. 

“Kahit papano makita ng anak mo na parang sinasabayan ang activity sa school para malaman niya gaano kahalaga ang pagsali sa activity. Mas maganda na ipakita sa anak mo  ang dapat gawin,” she said.

[At least your child can see that you participate in the activities conducted at their school so that your children will know how important it is to participate in the activity. It is better to show your child what should be done.]

Macauyag also stressed that parents should set an example for their children on how to get along with other people.

“Ang kapayapaan, iyon  ang dapat ipakita sa bata. Ipakita ng parents na nakikisama sila. Iyon ang gustong ipakita sa anak ko,” she added. 

[Peace, this should be shown to the child. Parents should show how they get along with other people. That is what I want to show to my child.]

Sohaima Hadji Solaiman, principal of Guimba Lilod Elementary School, said that children should live in a better and peaceful community.  

“Yung peace napakaimportante, iyon ang tool magamit natin para maging role model sa mga bata na mapakita sa kanila na walang violence na nangyayari o conflict,” she said. 

[Peace is very important, it is the tool we can use to be a role model to children and to show them that there is no violence or conflict.]

Meanwhile, Saifa Bucay, a youth volunteer and a member of Mindanao State University Okir organization shared that she and her two colleagues did not hesitate to support the said painting activity when the Department of Education – Marawi Operations Center (DepEd Marawi OpCen) tapped them. They were tasked to do the layout of the said paint mural anchored to the theme of Marawi Week of Peace event. 

“Actually may pasok kami but we want to contribute also,” she said.

[Actually we have classes but we want to contribute as well.]

The design of the paint mural, as shared by Bucay, features that peace starts from within the person and will eventually be felt through the families, friends and environment. 

With painting tools from Save the Children Philippines, the DepEd Marawi OpCen spearheaded the said activity in line with the conduct of Marawi Week of Peace. Philippine Information Agency

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