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DepEd Secretary Visits FTTS


Fil-Turkish Tolerance School gets int’l citation for peace building efforts

The Filipino-Turkish Tolerance School (FTTS) in Pitogo in the west coast has been internationally recognized as one of the 3 organizations and institutions that exhibit best practices in promoting peace through education and whose work displayed a commitment to fostering peace throughout the world.

The citation was conferred to the Filipino Turkish Tolerance School during the recently concluded Peacebuilding through Education International Conference held at the Times Center in New York City under the auspices of The Fountain Magazine, Peace Islands Institute and the Alliance for Shared Values—which are non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting community service, education and interfaith understanding to elevate humanity and bring greater peace.

The plaque was received by Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro and Ferhat Kazkondu on behalf of the school during awarding rites that capped the day-long conference September 24.

The citation reads: “In recognition of extraordinary stewardship of friendship and peaceful co-existence; dedication and contributions to peace building through education is an unflagging championship of cultural harmony”.

Sec. Luistro during his recent visit to Zamboanga City for a series of inauguration of school building projects initiated by the City Government, found time to visit the Filipino Turkish Tolerance School to have a look-see of the facilities and its education programs. He was accompanied by Mayor Celso Lobregat during his visit to FTTS.

The DEPED official highly praised the school for its remarkable achievements, as he encouraged the school administration to continue with the good work of promoting peace and harmony through education.

FTTS began operation in Zamboanga in 1997 by a group of Turkish educators, who, despite the odds and challenges pursued their mission to prepare the young generation for a great future not only by espousing quality education but by emphasizing in their young minds universal values, respecting different cultures and the appreciation of other faiths as well as their own.

With quality facilities and quality education, the school has been making waves academically and achieved national and international feats in various fields specifically Math and Science subjects. Most of its graduates during its 15-year existence are gainfully employed here and abroad.

FTTS is a non-sectarian and a co-educational institution where religion is not an issue, as Christian and Muslim students, administrators, faculty and staff live harmoniously without rancor and animosity in each other’s heart. It is a school where universal values take precedence.

With the motto “where love, concern and success meet”, the Filipino-Turkish Tolerance School believes that the best way to attain the elusive peace is through dialogue, and education.

Meanwhile, the two other institutions that were honored for their unique efforts were Search for a Common Ground based in Washington, DC and the PLURAL+ Video Festival of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

The Peacebuilding through Education International Conference sought to explore how education, at the primary and secondary school level, can serve as an effective and sustainable tool in promoting peace and resolving conflicts, both in and out of the classroom. Education leaders from all over the globe attended the event and they included Education Secretary Luistro and his counterparts from Afghanistan, Tanzania, New Jersey, president of the Alliance for Shared Values, officials from the School of Education of the University of Cambridge and University of Iowa.

Other educational institutions that helped organize the event were Yale University, New York Institute for Technology, Baruch College and Quinnnipiac University.

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(Sheila Covarrubias)


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