DepEd adopts IP education agenda
By TONY PE. RIMANDO
January 18, 2012, 3:12pm
PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines – A national policy framework (NPF) has been adopted by the Department of Education (DepEd) recently to answer the basic education needs of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) who live in mountain villages and sitios of Mindanao, and other areas of the country.
Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro said the NPF for IPs is in line with the country’s commitment to achieve its Education for All (EFA) targets, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are in pursuant to the DepEd Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda (BESRA).
Luistro explained through DepEd Order No. 62, ...view middle of the document...
That, among the current disadvantages that IPs face, access to culture-responsive basic education stands out as one of the most critical to address it being an essential means for the IPs to claim their rights, exercise self-determination, and expand the choices available to them.
That, elementary and secondary schools accessible to IPs have limited or no capacity to provide culturally appropriate education that is responsive to their context, respects their identities and promotes the value of their traditional knowledge, skills, and other aspects of their cultural heritage.
This is the kind of education that removes barriers to their meaningful participation in the various levels and spheres of society, and empowers them to exercise their rights and duties as Filipino citizens.
That, there are existing models and best practices on IP education based on successful projects and interventions by DepEd, non-government organizations (NGOs), IP organizations (IPOs) and other community-based initiatives, which need to be consolidated to formulate a systematic and coherent IP Education Program.
As this developed, the hiring and deployment of qualified teachers in remote communities of Mindanao and other parts of the country that are inhabited by IPs have been pledged by DepEd starting School Year 2012-2013, pursuant to the agency’s recently adopted national IP education policy framework.
This was announced recently Luistro who also called for the...