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Philippine PEN’s anthology and teacher training workshops in Mindanao

Thursday 11 April 2013 - 1:00am

Philippine PEN has held a series of successful teacher training workshops since 2010 with the aim to promote Philippine literature and advocate for its continuing relevance in the educational curricula. In 2013 Philippine PEN Centre will focus its activities on the southernmost group of islands in the Philippines, Mindanao, a region that has been the scene of both natural disaster and political conflict. Within the For the Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College 2013 programme Philippine PEN plans to organise teacher training workshops in Mindanao and produce a handbook that will support the work of literature teachers across the country. Within the Centre’s Mindanao Peace Literature Project Philippine PEN also plans to publish an anthology that addresses the issues of peace and conflict in Mindanao through the power of creative writing.

Philippine PEN Centre’s activities form part of a new International Programmes initiative jointly supported by PEN International and the Swedish International Development Agency. The aim of the new initiative is to support civil society and capacity building activities in several countries including, among others, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Central Asia, Cambodia, Nepal, Ghana, Guinea, Malawi and Puerto Rico.

For more information please contact International Programmes Officer Emese Kovács:

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