[Photo by Big Jay Lagang, 105.9 Balita FM]
The university professors and various support groups are currently working on streamlining the Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) education to the demands of the present time by updating the IP curriculum.
University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao professor Myfel Paluga said the move to fine-tune the IP curriculum is to respond to the educational needs of the IPs without compromising their culture and tradition.
Paluga said this will help change the present perception of the Lumad as primitive.
“The aim is to preserve their culture. We are doing our best that we protect their indigenous knowledge systems and practices, they will also be updated with the needs of the 21st Century,” he said.
Paluga added that educating the IPs with the latest scientific knowledge should go along with recognizing their heritage and culture.
But Paluga admitted that crafting a 21st century-responsive IP curriculum is challenging and should be painstakingly done so as not to isolate the IPs from the community in terms of education.
“The challenge now with the IP education is how to create a curriculum that prepares them for the future and not forgetting their past and origin,” he said.
| Published in 105.9 Balita FM’s Facebook page: 21st Century-responsive IP education eyed, June 8, 2016