THE Department of Education (DepEd)-Northern Mindanao recently launched the Indigenous Peoples (IP) Education in all provinces of the region.

DepEd-Northern Mindanao Regional Director Allan Farnazo said they have launched 40 schools in all the four provinces of the region this month.

About 23 classrooms were turned-over to Bukidnon province along with its 54 teachers while two schools and five teachers were turned-over to Malaybalay City.

Another three separate schools and six teachers were built and turned-over in Valencia City.

Five classrooms were also inaugurated in Gingoog City along with its eight teachers.

In Iligan City, four schools and six teachers were provided for lumad children in hinterland barangays in the area.

For Misamis Oriental, two schools were built to lumad communities along with three teachers.

Over 80 classrooms were built by DepEd-Northern Mindanao in the month of June alone.

Under the DepEd mandate, the education sector adopted the Indigenous Peoples Education Curriculum Framework "in recognition of the right of indigenous peoples to culturally rooted and responsive basic education".

It adds that DepEd targets to provide guidance to schools and other education programs as they engage with indigenous communities in contextualizing the K to 12 curriculum based on their educational and social contexts.

Among the IP tribes that Deped 10 caters are the Higaonon, Manobo, Bukidnon, Subanen, Talaandig, Tigwahanon, Umayamnon, Matigsalog, and Kamigin tribes.

Unique

Farnazo said the IP education is unique as it is based on a culturally-appropriate and responsive curriculum anchored on defining the features of IP communities like their ancestral domain, community worldview, and its cultural institutions.

"The IP schools will be using a curriculum guided by the principles of inclusion, participation, and empowerment. Ug kini siya consistent with the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA)," he said.

Asked if this is the government's way to counter insurgency, Farnazo said, "I don't need to discuss that, you know where we are on that issue. But we in DepEd, we try to collectively include our IP brothers and sisters in achieving their dreams."

"Instead na doon sila sa streets at labas magsisigaw ng hustisya, I think that hustisya should be first learned and studied and be won in the classrooms," Farnazo said.