IPEd Frame­work de­vel­op­ment for teach­ers and learn­ers

Sun.Star Baguio - - Opinion -

WHAT is IP Ed­u­ca­tion for? Are we try­ing to bring back the old days? How can we do the con­tex­tu­al­iza­tion or indi­g­e­niza­tion in our lessons? Most teach­ers are be­ing con­fused and usu­ally pose these ques­tions.

De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion adopted a Na­tional Indige­nous Peo­ples Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy Frame­work on 2011. DepEd Or­der No. 62, s. 2011 was then con­tex­tu­al­ized by the re­gional of­fice for all schools di­vi­sion of­fices to for­mu­late its own in­ter-cul­tural IPEd Frame­work. Hence, con­sul­ta­tions with the coun­cil of el­ders, con­fer­ences and sem­i­nars were done.

Most schools di­vi­sion of­fices in Cordillera Re­gion are yet to start its IPEd Frame­work as com­pared to other di­vi­sions in the coun­try who were al­most done with their frame­work. Mr. Belmer Yano, Benguet Coun­cil of El­ders Chair­per­son, noted that as IPs, be­ing the ma­jor­ity in the re­gion, it made them com­pla­cent on the se­ri­ous­ness of IP Ed­u­ca­tion. In fact, sev­eral schools di­vi­sion of­fices in Min­danao have to­tally em­braced that it is through IP Ed­u­ca­tion that their iden­tity as IPs will be strength­ened and that IPs be rec­og­nized by the gov­ern­ment.

On Oc­to­ber 16 – 18, 2018, I was given the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the Benguet Di­vi­sion Indige­nous Peo­ples Ed­u­ca­tion Frame­work En­hance­ment Con­fer­ence at Venus ParkView Ho­tel, Kisad Road, Baguio City. It was at­tended by School Heads, IPEd Co­or­di­na­tors and Coun­cil of El­ders of Benguet Di­vi­sion. The fol­low­ing were my re­al­iza­tions af­ter the ses­sions with Mr. Yano; the end goal of IPEd is un­der­stand­ing who we are and that all IP learn­ers must have the ca­pac­ity to the­o­rize from ex­pe­ri­ences. Our iden­tity as peo­ples who can eas­ily con­nect and re­late to each other have been all for­got­ten merely be­cause of our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. Yes, it is ed­u­ca­tion who made us for­get who we re­ally are. But, this IPEd is a tool to cor­rect the mis­takes of the past.

Cur­ricu­lum mak­ers to­gether with the coun­cil of el­ders are then try­ing to re­claim the core and key knowl­edge in the past that can be ap­plied in to­day’s tech­nol­ogy. Cur­ricu­lum guides made by the cen­tral of­fice will be con­tex­tu­al­ized based on cul­ture – for ex­am­ple, Ibaloy think­ing or knowl­edge sys­tems to be put in the cur­ricu­lum. IPEd is not nec­es­sar­ily teach­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties, rit­u­als and prac­tices of the past but to de­velop learn­ers to “BE” – to be the chil­dren we want them to be. Teach­ers are then be­ing chal­lenged with this ques­tion – what kind of learner are you de­vel­op­ing? Do­ing the Tayaw, Bindiyan and play­ing our mu­si­cal in­stru­ments can be eas­ily ac­quired by our learn­ers but use­less when they can­not re­late with life.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of IPEd in Benguet Di­vi­sion is be­ing guided by DepEd Or­der No. 50, s. 2016 - Hir­ing Guide­lines for Teacher I Po­si­tion in Schools Im­ple­ment­ing IPEd ef­fec­tive School Year 2016 - 2017. For teacher ap­pli­cants, kindly read the con­tents of the or­der. //Wil­ber Gon­dales—Kabayan, Benguet

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