“As we celebrate the 10th year of engaging the indigenous peoples (IPs), we push the development and promotion of their rights-based education consistent with their aspiration and vision for ancestral domain,” Ambat said during the recent Indigenous People’s Education (IPED) Congress here.
In the Cordillera, establishing and strengthening partnership with the IP also mean celebrating and advancing togetherness, she said.
The bond between DepEd and the IPs she said, is never as tight as provided for under Department Order 62 adopting the National Indigenous People’s Education Policy Framework.
Under the Order, the Department has recognized and integrated IP culture and values in the curriculum. This follows the provision and use of learning materials adaptable to IP learners.
Meanwhile, Ambat pledged to address the needs for the Alternative Learning System (ALS) department. She cited the need for regular classroom and creation of teacher-item for ALS in schools, especially among IP communities.
“It’s high time to solve the scenario where learning is given under the mango tree”, Ambat stressed. (JDP/LL-PIA CAR, Kalinga)