Kalindogan 2012: Indigenous Education
Close to three hundred (300) participants comprised of students, educators and IP elders gathered on October 16 to 19, 2012 at the Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education for the 7th Annual Kalindogan Young Leaders Congress with the theme: “IP Education: Ensuring a Sustainable Future for the Indigenous Peoples”. The previous year witnessed the signing of the National IP Education Policy Framework that signified for the indigenous peoples “a real breakthrough in the effort to pursue the dream of an appropriate and relevant IP education.” Hence, this year’s theme, “centered on advocating the recognition and promotion of IP Education,” is a timely response towards the effective appropriation and implementation of the Framework.
In addition, this year’s gathering marks the 15th anniversary of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA). Two occasions, indeed, not only to celebrate but also to reflect upon and respond to in this gathering.
Kalindogan 2012 is sponsored by The Asia Foundation and the Assisi Development Foundation in collaboration with the Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education, the University of Southeastern Philippines, the Department of Education, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and various indigenous community schools in the country.
We hope to share through this documentation the highlights, learnings, the fruitful exchange of ideas, principles and practices during the KALINDOGAN 2012 held at the Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Education, University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), Mintal Campus, Davao City.
Rationale & Objectives
In the midst of various realities and challenges that they face, the Philippine Indigenous Peoples (IPs) continue to remain hopeful and convinced that a relevant education will empower them to claim, exercise and protect their rights in accordance with their culture and tradition.
The signing of the National IP Education Policy Framework in 2011 is a breakthrough in the effort to pursue the dream of an appropriate and relevant IP education. It not only signifies the aspirations and increasing involvement of the IPs but also marks the growing commitment of the Department of Education (DepEd) to set up an educational system that is truly inclusive, respectful of the diversity of learners, and prioritizes the most needy and vulnerable.
It is in this context that the main point for the Kalindogan 2012, 7th National Indigenous Young Leaders Congress is centered on advocating the recognition and promotion of IP Education. The theme, Indigenous Education: Ensuring A Sustainable Future for the Indigenous Peoples emphasizes the crucial role of education in strengthening the capacities of the Indigenous learners/students. It also stresses the importance of engaging IP communities in education to strengthen cultural integrity and ensure meaningful and sustainable development for the IPs.
The Congress will be guided by the following three (3) key objectives:
1. To DISCOVER common values, ideas and ideals, experiences, and aspiration on indigenous education;
2. To STRENGTHEN the basic foundation of various initiatives and best practices on IP education by different groups, communities and institutions both from government and non-government;
3. To INVEST in the future by empowering the youth, community leaders and educators through collaborative partnership and convergence building.