THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday signed a partnership agreement with various indigenous peoples groups nationwide to strengthen the indigenous people education (IPEd) in the country.
Part of the affirmation of commitment to the IP education is the inauguration of a pakedlan, an indigenous space for the gathering of Kankanaey peoples of Benguet at the Baguio Teachers Camp.
Andres Ngao-i, chairperson of IPEd council of elders in the Cordillera Administration Region, said that DepEd’s commitment 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.
“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,” he added.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said it is vital for the country to strengthen its IP education, especially with the 2015 Asean integration.
“Mahalaga na naka-angkla ang ating kurikulum sa ating kultura ng Pilipino dahil may papasok na ibang kultura. Kapag wala ang katutubong kaalaman na nakapasok sa ating kurikulum, mawawalan tayo ng kaluluwa [It is important that our curriculum is anchored on Filipino culture because of the entry of other cultures. If there are no lessons on indigenous cultures in our curriculum, we will lose our soul],” Luistro added.