THE Department of Education (DepEd) has adopted the indigenous people (IP) education curriculum framework that aims to provide guidance to schools and other education programs as they engage with indigenous communities in contextualizing the new Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-to-12) curriculum.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the curriculum framework will benefit more than 1.19 million IP students enrolled in public schools, as well as learners enrolled in community and civil society organization-run schools.
Luistro added that the Education department has started a training program for teachers and school heads in schools serving indigenous communities.
He said the design of a culturally-appropriate and responsive curriculum is anchored on the defining features of indigenous communities such as their ancestral domain, community’s worldview, indigenous cultural institutions, including respect for the communities’ expression of spirituality and their cultural identity.
“DepEd values indigenous languages in the implementation of a Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) among indigenous learners in order to regenerate and enrich the community’s Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSPs) and Indigenous Learning Systems (ILS). The curriculum is designed to enable indigenous learners to be future culture-bearers, capable of exercising their right to self-determination as they interact with other cultures,” Luistro noted.