(Reposted from: The Philippine Broadcast Hub. August 18, 2021)
MANILA, Philippines — Canada is donating additional funding of US$1.1 million or approximately P44 million in peace education in the Philippines, according to a press release issued by the Canadian Embassy in the country.
Specifically, the Canadian government has approved the release of the said amount to extend the implementation of the “1001 Nights Civic and Peace Education Program” to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
The Animating Change: 1001 Nights project seeks to support the learning continuity of children in grades four to six during the COVID-19 pandemic, while promoting peace and stability in the BARMM.
“1001 Nights” is a multi-platform educational entertainment program that uses cartoons to teach children life skills and civic values, including non-violence, human rights, democracy, and gender equality, in both formal and informal learning environments.
By increasing children’s understanding of civic values, the project aims to reduce the vulnerability of children in the BARMM to the drivers of instability.
The project will provide training and educational support to 50,000 children (30,000 girls), 5,000 parents/caregivers (3,000 women), and 1,500 teachers (1000 women) in 100 schools in the region.
It will be delivered by Vancouver-based Big Bad Boo Studios, Inc., in coordination with the BARMM’s Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education.
The “1001 Nights Civic and Peace Education Program” is based upon a very popular and award-winning animated television series called “1001 Nights”, which has aired as commercial entertainment on premier television networks in over 70 countries to a global audience of over 100 million people.