DepEd-Benguet holds first IPEd sum­mit

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AROUND 4,200 Indige­nous peo­ple com­posed of Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) per­son­nels, School Heads, teach­ers, Com­mu­nity El­ders, Gov­ern­ment Of­fi­cials headed by Benguet Gover­nor Cre­cen­cio Pa­calso and stake­hold­ers par­tic­i­pated in the first Indige­nous Peo­ples Ed­u­ca­tion(IPEd) Sum­mit with a theme, “IPEd at Work” which was held at Wan­gal Sports Com­plex, La Trinidad, Benguet, Oc­to­ber 8.

“What makes you an Indige­nous Peo­ple (IP)? It’s not your at­tire, it’s not your lan­guage but it’s the way you think in an IP way,” says Key­note Speaker Belmer F. Yano, the IPEd Con­sul­tant and Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of North­ern Lu­zon of IPEd Coun­cil of El­ders(COE) in his mes­sage. “IPEd is not just a pro­gram but to change the way and level of think­ing and un­der­stand­ing of knowl­edge be­hind what we do as IPs is more im­por­tant, he added.

DepEd has in­sti­tuted a Na­tional IPEd Pro­gram in pur­suit of the Na­tional Indige­nous Peo­ples Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy Frame­work based on DepEd Or­der No. 62, S. 2011 en­ti­tled Adopt­ing the Na­tional IP Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy Frame­work and Repub­lic Act (RA) No. 10533, the En­hanced Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Act of 2013.

This IPEd refers to the pro­gram that sup­ports ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives un­der­taken through for­mal, non-for­mal and in­for­mal modal­i­ties with em­pha­sis on any of, but not limited to, the key ar­eas of indige­nous knowl­edge Sys­tem(ILS) and Com­mu­nity cy­cle­based cur­ricu­lum and as­sess­ment goals, as­pi­ra­tions and com­pe­ten­cies spe­cific to the Indige­nous Cul­tural Com­mu­nity(ICC), en­gage­ment of el­ders in other com­mu­nity mem­bers in the teach­in­glearn­ing process, as­sess­ment, and man­age­ment of the ini­tia­tive recog­ni­tion and con­tin­u­ing prac­tices of the com­mu­nity’s ILS, and the rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of ICC’s(Sec­tion 8.4, Im­ple­ment­ing Rules and Reg­u­la­tions of RA No. 10533).

The pur­pose of the sum­mit is to en­sure that DepEd-Benguet will be mov­ing for­ward in one di­rec­tion to­wards the smooth re­al­iza­tion of the goals of IPEd.

The ac­tiv­i­ties con­ducted dur­ing this one­day af­fair were; rit­ual, pro­gramme, Award­ing of Best TAWID Cen­ter(LRC), Con­sul­ta­tive Ad­vi­sory Body Com­mu­nity El­ders Con­fer­ence, Benguet IP Show­down and Indige­nous Games Chal­lenge (Kadan­gkadang, Sang­gol, Yakyak-ing and Gin­uyu­dan/Tug of War). How­ever, par­tic­i­pants in the games must be in their com­plete Benguet At­tire.

De­spite the sun­scorch­ing weather at noon­time and early down­pour of rain in the af­ter­noon, the par­tic­i­pants ac­tively joined and en­joyed the ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided. Meals and Indige­nous snacks of par­tic­i­pants were pro­vided. The par­tic­i­pants are look­ing for­ward for more blessed IPEd Sum­mits to come.

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