DepEd Reforms Target Indigenous Peoples

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MANILA, Philippines -To support schoolchildren belonging to minority groups, the Department of Education (DepEd) is holding a month-long exhibit seeking to explore innovations in education that will target indigenous peoples (IPs).Sponsored by the "Response to Indigenous and Muslim Education (PRIME) Program, the exhibit, dubbed "Bunsod: Katutubong Dunong Pagtuturo Pagkatuto," is also in observance of the National Indigenous Peoples' Month. It will be on display for the whole month of October at the main lobby of Rizal Building in DepEd Complex, Pasig."As a response to our commitment to make education universal and inclusive, DepEd has been extending efforts to cross the boundaries on culture, tradition and religion," said Education Secretary Armin Luistro.Luistro added that DepEd, with assistance from the Australian government, is making quality education more accessible to indigenous peoples through PRIME. "While this PRIME project will boost the Education For All goal of the department, it is also the government's way of responding to the needs of indigenous peoples and Muslim communities for relevant and responsive basic education, one that removes barriers to meaningful participation in society and empowers learners to exercise their rights and duties as Filipino citizens," he said.Supported by the Australian Assistance for International Development (AusAid), DepEd is developing learning materials, training teachers and adapting the curriculum to make teaching and learning culturally-sensitive and relevant to IPs and Muslim schoolchildren. …