Wednesday 21st of August 2019

IFSU to train pool of IPED educators

In its efforts to embark its niche on indigenous peoples education (IPED), the Ifugao State University (IFSU) launched its Ifugao Indigenous Knowledge Educators Training Program in partnership with the Department of Education-Ifugao.

The Program aims to build up a core of indigenous knowledge educators from DepEd and IFSU with the active participation of different knowledge holders and experts from the communities and academe. With this objective, IFSU and DepEd entered into a Memorandum of Agreement as partners in the implementation of the Program.

The Ifugao Indigenous Knowledge Educators Training Program (IKETP) is one of the five program components of the Center for Taiwan-Philippines Indigenous and Local Knowledge and Sustainable Studies (CTPILS) launched on July 12, 2019 at IFSU.

“At the end of the Program, it is expected that at least 80 educators, knowledge holders and IFSU mentors are capacitated and would have produced 40 instructional materials for indigenous knowledge and sustainable studies,” said Eulalie D. Dulnuan, Director for Research and Development Center for the IRT-GIAHS and Project Manager for CTPILS.

She added that, “The Program is divided into two semesters per year that will run for three years. A total of 96 hours is expected to be completed by trainees to cover the course training. The trainees and other participants are scheduled to meet once in a month for two days. Most of the training activities will be conducted at the International Innovation Center for Indigenous Studies, GIAHS Center, IFSU Main Campus, Nayon, Lamut, Ifugao.”

Marlon M. Martin, Chief Operations Officer of the Save Ifugao Terraces Movement and one of the project’s collaborators on the other hand said that the program should emphasize that culture among indigenous peoples is based in the ancestral domain (AD) and should not be merely as the geographic territory (land, air and water) of the Ifugaos but includes all their belief systems, values, custom law and other community practices.

He added that, “The AD is a classroom in itself. IPED will not focus merely on the manifestations or products of culture like dances, songs, and material artifacts but shall prioritize more on its principles, ethics and philosophy. IPED should emphasize on the utility (usefulness, functionality, appropriateness) of culture as a way of moving forward towards development.”

The program is also anchored with the principles of active community participation, inclusivity and empowering learners on their identity and culture. In a wider perspective, the program will be an avenue to bridge and promote intercultural understanding and appreciation; and strengthen the Ifugao positive values, philosophies and practices among learners and educators.

The Program is a realization of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between IFSU and National Chengchi University of Taiwan to promote international academic cooperation and exchange of research and experiences with University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of Hawaii at Manoa as collaborative partners.

At the local level, DepEd and the Save Ifugao Rice Terraces Movement are the program partners.