Teaching the new generation about the correct Bangsamoro history and its struggle for self-determination will take center stage as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) started to celebrate this year’s Bangsamoro Week of Peace Monday.
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“There is a need for the new generation to appreciate and learn about the struggle of our ancestors,” said Amir Mawallil, ARMM’s Office on the Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA) executive director.
Mawallil said the efforts to sustain the education on Bangsamoro history was part of the region’s continuing move amid threat of misinformation and historical misinterpretation.
“It is important to ensure that the young generation should know the correct history about the Bangsamoro. We draw our inspirations from our history,” he said.
ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman led the opening of celebrations related to the Bangsamoro Week of Peace on Monday in Cotabato City, the seat of ARMM government.
“Our annual week of peace in the region is a time for us to remember the sacrifices and victories we share as Bangsamoros,” Hataman said.
This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Bangsamoro: Revisiting the Past, Continuing the Cause.”
“In a way, (the Bangsamoro Week of Peace) is an act of resistance against constant attempts to erase our people’s struggle from our nation’s history. The Jabidah Massacre which we will commemorate on March 18 is just one of the many facts we share as Bangsamoros, and yet others insist that it is fiction,” Hataman pointed out.
Leaders from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) were invited to share messages of peace, along with representatives from different groups such as the security sector, women, indigenous peoples, and the youth.
A simultaneous Bangsamoro History Forum will be carried out throughout the region, which is composed of the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, and the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-tawi.
Source: Manila Bulletin