To ensure that no child will be left behind in education opportunities, the Department of Education (DepEd) has entered into a partnership with the De La Salle Brothers (DLSBI) and the Pundasyon Hanunuo Mangyan Association (PHMA) to strengthen the indigenous peoples’ education by improving culture-based education and culture-responsive school management.
The concept will first be tested in Umabang Elementary School and Bailan Elementary School in Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro province.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the project can uphold every indigenous learner’s right to basic education in the Philippines.
“In partnership with the Indigenous Peoples’ communities and with the support of other stakeholders, we will continue to address education concerns of indigenous learners,” he added.
Using the K-to-12 curriculum, the De La Salle Brothers will provide technical assistance in the development of a curriculum that is specific to the Hanunuo Mangyan community. The competencies eyed for development include indigenous knowledge systems and practices, indigenous learning systems, and community history. Trainings are also scheduled for school heads, teachers and learning facilitators in the two schools.
“Our main goal is to determine the best modes of delivering basic education to the indigenous communities nationwide,” said Alberto Muyot, DepEd undersecretary for legal affairs.
De La Salle Brother Jose Mari Jimenez said the Mangyan group is very rich in culture and should be appreciated well by both the Mangyan and non-Mangyan schoolchildren in the country.
PHMA Chairman Anhing Maligday and vice chairman Lope Santiago both thanked the groups for the support they gave and for reviving the two schools that will serve as a learning center for the communities.