Filipino educator Ronald Adamat of the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has been named the winner of the 2020 Mahatma MK Gandhi Prize for Non-Violent Peace, the first Filipino to receive the award.
The CHED Commissioner is among two honorees chosen from 258 nominees to receive the prestigious prize awarded to peace advocates who have shown dedication to their work even in the midst of a global pandemic.
Adamat was recognized for his initiatives in promoting peace through education and his various advocacies for indigenous peoples, peace and development, and agriculture, among others.
Adamat established the peace organization Volunteer Individuals for Peace Inc. (VIP) and took initiative for the integration of both peace studies and indigenous peoples’ studies into the higher education curricula in 2019.
The Filipino commissioner was honored in the virtual awarding ceremony which was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and was hosted by the non-profit organization Mahatma MK Gandhi Foundation and organized by the Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) on March 27, 2022.
“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,” CHED Commissioner Ronald Adamat said in his awards acceptance speech.
The Mahatma MK Gandhi Foundation carries forward the novel spirit of peace as propagated by the great leader MK Gandhi, and for the past 27 years, the organization has been giving prestigious recognition to those who have contributed to peace.
Among the previous awardees were Nelson Mandela (South Africa), Jimmy Carter (USA), and Margaret Thatcher (Great Britain), among others.
Filipinos who made history for leading human rights efforts and peaceful advocacies include Fr. Flaviano “Flavie” Villanueva, the first Filipino to win the Human Rights Tulip Award, and press freedom champion Maria Ressa, the first Filipino Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
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