For his outstanding contributions to promoting peace through education, Filipino educator and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner Ronald Adamat has been honored with the 2020 Mahatma MK Gandhi Prize for Non-Violent Peace.

Adamat was one of the only two honorees granted the prestigious award from a pool of 258 nominees from all over the world.

With this, he becomes the only Filipino to win the coveted Gandhi Peace Prize, which acknowledged his efforts in promoting peace through the use of education and social welfare initiatives. 

Among his most successful and well-known programs is the peace organization Volunteer Individuals for Peace Inc. (VIP), which he established to integrate both Peace Studies and Indigenous Peoples’ Studies into the higher education curricula in 2019.

Adamat received the award on March 27 through a virtual awarding ceremony organized by the Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) and hosted by the non-profit organization Mahatma MK Gandhi Foundation.

Photo from CHED’s Official Facebook Page

According to Adamat, the award will serve as a reminder of his commitment to furthering peace through education. 

“The Mahatma Gandhi Prize for Non-Violent Peace Award shall be a reminder that it is always my responsibility to promote non-violent peace through education, and to this, I say: “Peace Education raises our youth as future leaders to become peacemakers. It inculcates the much-needed values the youth must have to effect change for the world’s positive transformation,” the CHED commissioner shared in his acceptance speech.

The Mahatma MK Gandhi Prize for Non-Violent Peace has been around for almost three decades, honoring and propagating the novel spirit of peace that MK Gandhi started. 

Some of the most influential personalities it’s been given to are Nelson Mandela (South Africa), Jimmy Carter (USA), and Margaret Thatcher (Great Britain), among others.

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