A resolution to include in the curriculum of all elementary and junior high school a lesson on Palawan’s cultural heritage was proposed at the provincial board during its regular session Tuesday.
Ex-Officio member Clarito Demaala said that the Department of Education (DepEd)-Schools Division of Palawan should consider the possibility to include the cultural-related lessons in the curriculum.
“Gusto sana natin ma-incorporate na sa mga schools ay talakayan at bigyan ng pansin ang kanilang kultura. Marami tayong mga IPs na kung saan magandang matutunan at mabuhay muli ng mga Kabataan ngayong kung ano ang mayroon sa kanila noong unang panahon,” Demaala said.
He said that if possible, all traditions of every IP community should be incorporated in one lesson.
“Kung pwede sana mapagsama lahat, ‘yong isummarize ng mas maiksi at mas madaling maintindihan ng mga estudyante. Mga natives kasi natin ‘yan kasi sana hindi piliin ang ituturo kundi lahat,” he added.
He said that through this, bullying and discrimination may lessen among Indigenous People because ordinary students will understand the real tradition at their very young age.
Demaala said that incidents of discrimination towards IPs are still apparent in the province that happens not only in schools but also even in the outside.
“Iniisip kasi natin na kapag IP galing sa bundok which is mali kasi they serve as parang mga matatanda natin dito. Kapag nalaman ng mga bata ‘yan mamumulat sila sa tamang paniniwala hindi sa mali,” Demaala explained.
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