ILIGAN CITY – December 01, 2017 – Parents and teachers convened in a seminar workshop held by Maranao Development Center Inc. (MARADECA Inc.) in RC – Alkhwarizmi International College Foundation Inc. (RC-AKIC Inc.) last November 30, 2017.
The activity sought to identify the role of the parents-teachers community associations in preventing the youth from being recruited into terrorism activities.
Two topics were discussed during the seminar. The first topic was “ISLAM A WAY OF PEACE – VIEWS OF ISLAM IN EXTREMIST ACTIVITIES.” by Dr. Asnawil G. Ronsing, Dean of King Faisal Center of Mindanao State University (MSU).
He gave an emphasis on three significant points like fanaticism – interpreting the Qur-an and Hadith in a superficial interpretation; fundamentalism – interpreting Islam in different ways, and extremism, the act of exceeding the prescribed standards of Islam.
Dr. Ronsing disclosed that the Bangsamoro people’s war against the invaders for a long period of time could have contributed to the growing occurence of terrorism and radicalism in the country particularly in Mindanao.
In addition, the elimination of the “Good Morals and Right Conduct” subjects in the curiculum has affected the molding of our children’s behavior but urged the participants to keep the faith in the standards of Islam.
“Once you get out from the standards then you become radicals. Islam enjoins and connotes love, peace, living together, tolerance and coexistence.” Dr Ronsing said.
The second topic discussed by Dr. Alma G. Maranda, faculty member of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) was the “ROLE OF GUIDANCE COUSELOR, PTCA IN PREVENTING EXTREMIST ACTIVITIES.”
She highlighted the role of parents and teachers in molding the behavior of children in multi-sectoral ways using a collaborative approach.
“We parents are the frontliners in shaping the behavior of our children. But we should include other parents, the Ulamas, teachers and other sectors to prevent our children from adopting violent extremism” explained Dr. Maranda.
“The solution of violent extremism starts in our own home. And as mother, we must be sensitive to any signs and changing of mentalities of our children especially those in the stage of adolescence.” she added.
She pointed out that adolescence is a stage of adventures, excitements and temptations.
Children who have already changed their line of thinking usually have secretive activities, showing support to radical groups and have literatures books and magazines that they use to organize and recruit members. MASHOD IBRAHIM SALIK