2560 Leon Guinto Street

Singalong, Malate, Manila




We remain advocates of Justice and Peace

August 28,2015

Justice and Peace runs in the blood of every Benedictine educator and child stemming out from the advocacy of the Benedictine Sisters, and originating from the Man of Peace himself, St. Benedict.

We would always find justice and peace in the school themes of SSC; we blessed the Peace Center in 2012; launched the Peace Education Modules and Program on September 14, 2013; the Grade School has the Peace Garden, Anti-bullying seminars and activities were conducted in Grade School and High School; Peace Makers were created in Junior High School in SY 2014-2015, justice and peace has always been embedded in instruction; the Fine Arts Department decorated the Sacred Heart courtyard with Peace Cranes three years ago; all these are just a few among the many other projects and programs that the school has done across units through the years. And on July 23-25, 2015, the head teachers, student formation leaders, coordinators of student formation, guidance counselors, the unit heads, representatives from the office personnel and general services personnel, the VPAA, and HRD Manager attended a seminar-workshop on Restorative Justice or Restorative Discipline as implemented in schools. The facilitators were Mr. Jeremy Simons and Mr. Michael Frank Alar.

Mr. Jeremy Simons, a summa cum laude graduate of the Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs: Asian Development Pike Honors Program from Gordon College, USA and with Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va, USA has 13 years of experience in Conflict Transformation Education as well as facilitating Restorative Justice, Peace building and Participatory Development Planning in Teaching Community-based Restorative Justice at the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) and Conflict Transformation at Asian Theological Seminary (ATS) in Quezon City, Specializing in Restorative and Alternative Justice Systems Design and consulting and training with the Integrated Gender Development Division of Davao City and a variety of Peace building NGOs and Educational Institutions in Mindanao, and as Training Director for iEmergence, a Davao-based NGO conducting asset-based community development in tribal communities in Mindanao

On the other hand, Mr. Michael Frank Alar, graduated Magna cum laude from Siliman University with the degree of B.A. in Political Science, got an Advanced Specialist degree in Peace and Development Studies in Universitat Jaume I, Spain, earned a Diploma in Islamic Studies & Interfaith Relations in Henry Martyn Institute, India; and an M.A. in International Peace Studies from International University of Japan, Japan. He has 15 years of experience working on initiatives that built, managed and transformed relationships with state and non-state actors in peace processes in a politically sensitive and fragile environment in the Philippines. As a conflict transformation practitioner, he has designed and facilitated workshops aimed at building partners’ capacities in Conflict Transformation, Dialogue, Peace Processes and Project Cycle Management, designed peace building and reconciliation programs, and led program teams in the implementation of projects in support of peace processes in Mindanao.

The workshop was truly a learning experience for all the participants.

This is just the beginning. There will be a lot of follow-up activities to do yet. But the participants are very hopeful and positive on what this initiative would lead us to; that in all things God may be glorified!

by Prof. Virginia Fornias, Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs