[Blueboard] ACED volunteers help indigenize education in Kalinga public school

mfrancia at ateneo.edu mfrancia at ateneo.edu
Thu Aug 6 09:28:44 PHT 2009

ACED volunteers help indigenize education in Kalinga public school

ACED volunteer Maria Cameron initiated a partnership with Dananao  
Elementary School in Kalinga by applying the strategies of ACED in  
developing public schools, beginning with school profiling last  
December 2008. Soon after the profiling, Maria and her husband Edwin  
Wise pursued the partnership by starting a project that involved the  
development and publication of indigenized educational materials. ACED  
has helped Dananao Elementary School in the production of indigenous  
instructional materials for the students with the help of a Php  
275,000.00 grant from the Australian Government's Direct Aid Program.

Twenty one colorfully-illustrated Ichananaw story books were produced  
which re-tell some of the Ichananaw people's legends, fables and  
history. The books were written in Chinananaw (the Ichananaw?s  
indigenous language), English and Filipino. Each story was told orally  
by Ichananaw old folks, translated to English by Maria Cameron and  
translated to Filipino by ACED volunteers from the Ateneo de Manila.  
The books were illustrated by Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK)  
artists pro bono, members of the tribe and Maria and Edwin.

Other materials that were produced include the following:

     -    Ichananaw Knowledge Bank that consists of nine hardbound  
volumes of secondary materials gathered during the visit,
     -    Annaja Ukali Ta-u (Here is our Culture) that contains some  
accounts of Ichananaw beliefs, practices and customs along with a  
collection of 34 songs composed by an Ichananaw, and
     -    Ichananaw Songs and Stories which is a compilation of over  
60 Ichananaw songs and stories.
     -    A coffee table book entitled ?Namamfaru gway imis ru-atana  
na achu gway bendisyon? (A warm smile opens the door to many  
blessings) comprising different photographs of the tribe?s current way  
of life and a
     -    Chinananaw- English-Ilocano-Tagalog Dictionary comprising  
almost 2,000 words and phrases documented during the five months visit  
of Maria and Edwin.

These materials were launched and presented to the public last July  
10, 2009 at the Australian Embassy during the National Aborigines and  
Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week 2009. Maria and Edwin  
were supported on this project by the Philippines Australia Studies  
Centre of La Trobe University, Australia and the AusAID-funded VIDA  
volunteer program.

Read related articles posted in the following publications:

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Manila Bulletin

Misael Joan S. Francia
Community Development Officer
Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED)

426-6001 loc. 4029
Telefax: 426-5693
mfrancia at ateneo.edu

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