strengthen commitment to Indigenous Peoples' education
BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 13 -- The Department of Education (DepEd) and
indigenous peoples’ (IP) groups nationwide gathered together on Thursday to
strengthen partnership for IP education (IPEd) through the symbolic signing
of affirmation of commitment.
“Ang ating ipinagdiriwang ngayon ay isang lakbayin na hindi pa tapos. Hindi
ito madali dahil kailangan nating umakyat, at sa ating pag-akyat, walang
maiiwan. Kailangan sabay-sabay, tulung-tulong at walang bibitiw para
masigurado natin na ang ating inumpisahan ay matatapos,” Education Secretary
Br. Armin Luistro said. “Kailangan nating siguraduhin na buhay ang
katutubong kaalaman sa loob ng sistema ng edukasyon.”
Part of the affirmation of commitment to IPEd is the inauguration of a
pakedlan, an indigenous space for coming together among the Kankanaey
peoples of Benguet, at the Baguio Teachers Camp, where a ritual was
conducted together with the IP community representatives from Luzon, Visayas,
and Mindanao to culminate the gains of IPEd. The inauguration of a pakedlan
symbolizes the recognition of indigenous learning systems within the
Luistro also said that the gains of IPEd are not DepEd’s milestones alone,
but of the IPs also.
“Ang tatlong DepEd Orders ukol sa IP education ay galing sa inyo (the IPs).
Ang sumulat niyan ay kayo. Ang IP education guidelines at curriculum
framework ay galing sa sama-samang mungkahi at karanasan (ninyo) sa mga
nakalipas na taon ng pagsusulong ng IP education.”
Andres Ngao-i, chairperson of IPEd council of elders in the Cordillera
Administration Region, said that DepEd’s commitment to IPEd is evident in
the agency’s efforts to make education culture-sensitive,
culture-responsive, and learner-centered.
“We are all happy that we are true to our IP curriculum; but we did not do
it alone. We did this in partnership with DepEd and the local government
units, too,” Ngao-i said. He also added, “Our job is not yet done. Let us
continue the implementation of this historic Indigenous Peoples education.
This is historical in our regions and our country.”
Luistro said that it is vital for the country to strengthen its IP
education, especially with the 2015 ASEAN integration, adding, “Mahalaga na
naka-angkla ang ating kurikulum sa ating kulturanng Pilipino dahil may
papasok na ibang kultura. Kapag wala ang katutubong kaalaman na nakapasok sa
ating kurikulum, mawawalan tayo ng kaluluwa.” (DepEd)