Education stakeholders across the region will once again signify their support to the K to 12 implementation and Indigenous Peoples Education (IPEd) on October 3 to 4 during the Regional Basic Education Congress at Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet.
The Department of Education – Cordillera Administrative Region (DepEd-CAR) will be revisiting the milestones in the integration of IPEd in the K to 12 curriculum as well as to sustain and recognize the support of local leaders, regional line agencies, elders, and other stakeholders in its pursuit to quality, accessible, and culture-sensitive education.
The Department will be unveiling a refined IPEd Roadmap which details the next steps and aspirations of IPEd from 2016 to 2021 during the first day. Regional Director Beatriz G. Torno will be reporting on the state of basic education in the region as well.
“This event will not only showcase the rich culture here in the Cordilleras but also bring to the fore the important contributions of our community elders, teachers, and schools in the identifying of worthwhile knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be integrated or contextualized into the K to 12 curriculum,” said the director.
Torno said that it will also be an opportunity for sharing of best practices and experiences in the implementation of K to 12.
“We would also like to present to our stakeholders indigenized learning resources which are available online using the region’s Learning Resource Management and Development System (LRMDS),” she added.
It may be recalled that the Department unveiled a six-year plan or roadmap last 2011 enumerating the activities and strategies to make basic education in the region sensitive to its culture. One achievement is the presence of indigenized learning materials for use in schools.
The congress will kick off with a “Honga”, an Ifugao ritual invoking blessings and prosperity as well as a thanksgiving rite, followed by the opening of exhibits and booths. The booths which will not only display products from the different provinces but will also present their efforts in K to 12 implementation.
On the same day, the Best Brigada Eskwela Implementers and finalists will be feted. The awardees in the elementary level are Monamon Proper Elementay School in Mt. Province, Lamut Central School in Ifugao, and Loo Elementary School in Benguet.
Awardees in the secondary level are Mataragan National Agricultural School in Abra, Tublay School of Home Industries in Benguet and Tabuk City National High School in Tabuk City.
The second day will be filled with sharing of success stories of Alternative Learning System (ALS) graduates, scholarship grantees, entrepreneurs, and even research studies.
In the afternoon, the Teachers’ Got Talent the IP Way will be an opportunity to close-up the National Teachers’ Month with a series of contests in ethnic dance and musical renditions as well as Indigenous games.
The Department of Education recognizes the Cordillera region as the leading implementer of Indigenous Peoples Education. Other regions have had their benchmarking her in the previous years. – Georaloy I. Palao-ay
NOTE: Program Paper can be downloaded through THIS LINK.