Peace education is the best way to achieve world peace, according to Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez. Unfortunately, this is not something many of us are education about.
In 2013, United Nations secretary general Ban Ki Moon dedicated the International Day of Peace, which is every September 21, to world peace. In the foreword of “Peace Education: Exploring Ethical and Philosophical Foundations” by James Page, former United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization director-general Koichiro Matsuura noted the fundamental importance of peace education to the mission of UNESCO and the U.N.
One of the advocacies of the reigning Miss World Philippines is peace education. As part of her Beauty With a Purpose project, she visited ground zero of Marawi, a war-torn city in Lanao del Sur, Philippines.
“I think world peace is very possible,” Rodriguez told me in my interview with her during her send-off party at the Patricia Hall of Annabel’s Restaurant in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 8, 2018. “That’s my advocacy so I could relate to that a lot.”
Rodriguez is part of Project Become. The project aims to give quality education to the children of Marawi, which was attacked on May 23, 2017 by the Maute group, a supporter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
“The best way to achieve world peace is through peace education, implementing peace education within the curriculum of each school,” Rodriguez added. “Of course, it will be contextualized depending where you live.”
Miss World 2018 will be the 68th edition of the international beauty pageant known for having the most number of candidates. Rodriguez is one of the 118 contestants from around the world vying for the crown.
Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar of India will crown her successor on December 8, 2018 at the Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China. If Rodriguez becomes the successor, she will be the second Filipino to ever hold the title, following Miss World 2013 Meagan Young.
Watch my interview with Rodriguez here: