IFSU, DepEd equip teachers in producing contextualized learning resources

The Ifugao State University (IFSU) together with the Department of Education-Ifugao is capacitating teacher-representatives of secondary public schools to create contextualized learning modules (LMs) through the Ifugao Indigenous Knowledge Educators Training Program (IIKETP).

Contextualization of LMs is one of DepEd's thrusts of interfacing national competencies with those at the community level to maximize learning. This necessitates teachers to facilitate lessons that learners can relate easily by integrating local conditions and culture in the learning process.

Orientation among IFSU mentors and teacher-trainees was conducted on June 23 and 25, 2020. Succeeding trainings will be done on flexible mode in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, the IFSU lent them tablets for online learning while at home. Lectures and digitized knowledge materials were also stored in the gadgets for the teacher-trainees to study.

According to Herminia L. Hoggang, Indigenous Peoples Education Coordinator of DepEd- Ifugao, contextualization of LMs in basic education will provide opportunities for learners to study their own community's way of life. She added that the outputs will be mainstreamed for teachers who share the same learners' circumstances to maximize in their Alternative Delivery Mode when schools resume.

Moreover, Eulalie D.Dulnuan, Director of IFSU’s Ifugao Rice Terraces as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (IRT-GIAHS) Center, opined that learning IKS is timely and adaptive of the current condition we are in.

“From the economic, cultural to its psychological impacts, IKS can give us other perspectives on how to deal with the impacts of COVID. Integrating this time-tested community knowledge and systems in the basic education learning modules can make a difference," stated Dulnuan.

Interestingly, resource persons from DepEd-Ifugao, in their lecture-discussion workshop, cited the inculcation of state of linggop in the contextualization of LMs as an example of a cultural belief that is timely and a health emergency concern. Linggop is an Ifugao term for mental wellness brought about by a feeling of contentment with oneself, and harmonious relationship with the community and the environment.

Dr. Nancy Ann P. Gonzales, IFSU Vice President for Academic Affairs and one of the mentors, encouraged the participants to deliver contextualized modules in different learning areas.

The IIKETP is an offshoot of the Center for Taiwan-Philippines Indigenous and Local Knowledge, and Sustainable Studies launched on July 12, 2019, at IFSU with the National Chengchi University of Taiwan, University of California Los Angeles and the University of Hawaii in Manoa, and Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement Inc. in Kiangan, Ifugao as project collaborators. This year's batch consists of 20 public school teachers in Ifugao.

The first batch of trainees graduated on February 06, 2020. They were able to produce 14 learning modules.