DepEd Develops Curriculum for Indigenous Peoples

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MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Education (DepEd) has initiated the development of an education curriculum that was designed to meet the learning needs of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) communities.Through DepEd's Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS), the Alternative Learning System (ALS) curriculum for IPs was developed in response to the Education For All (EFA) campaign to provide the basic learning needs of all marginalized learners.According to Education Secretary Brother Armin Luistro, the IP Education Curriculum for the ALS was developed in the year 2006 in coordination with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCJP) and was validated by various indigenous cultural communities (ICCs) in the Philippines. The IP Curriculum is to be implemented by trained ALS implementers with IP learners."The learning competencies of the IP Curriculum were drawn from the existing ALS curriculum for the basic literacy, elementary and secondary levels," Luistro explained. The curriculum content, however, was based on the Indigenous People Rights Act (IPRA) or the Republic Act (RA) no. 8371."The education goal of the IP Curriculum is the attainment of the functional literacy for the IPs," he added.Luistro said the IP Curriculum reflects the core areas of the IP's concerns such as family life that touches on the life span of an IP as a member of the family from birth to death. "It delineates the varying roles of the members of the family and how these affect the individual and the whole ICC in their respective domains," he said.It also touches on the health, sanitation, and nutrition which brings into the fore the IP's concept of self and the environment and how each interplays with the other. …