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Strengthening culture-based education through continuing education for community teachers

Culture-based education continues to grow and evolve in Bendum, in response to the community’s changing needs. For instance, from the basic program of Kinder to Grade 6, APC has now developed the basis by which it can offer Gulang, its counterpart to a mainstream school’s junior high. Since 2015, APC has been running classes for

Sustainable water as a goal for every rural community

How can we talk about the gift of water in a meaningful way today? We need to know the science of water and the stories that make it real. The water cycle we learn about in school: how water evaporates as morning mist and under the heat of the sun, how it rises and flows

Hulas batch 14 completes skills training, youth formation courses

The two-month Hulas (training) program on carpentry, sewing, herbal making, and youth formation was concluded last July. Families of all the 19 participants who came from Barangay Sila-e, Mapulo, Nabawang, St. Peter, Miaray, and Sitio Bendum attended the closing program or aldaw hu kalampusan. During the closing program, finished products created by the group of

Renewing ecological life and mission

Our Culture and Ecology Center in Bendum hosted the Jesuit Conference Asia-Pacific -Reconciliation with Creation (JCAP-RwC) Workshop from June 06 to 10, 2016 with the theme: “A Call to Share Transformed Lifestyles for Action.” Thirty-five delegates from ten member countries of JCAP participated in the said three-day workshop. Delegates from Australia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Myanmar,

Strengthening culture-based education through continuing education for community teachers

Thelma Compade and Arman Sagula with Datu Nestor Menaling of Bendum.

Culture-based education continues to grow and evolve in Bendum, in response to the community’s changing needs. For instance, from the basic program of Kinder to Grade 6, APC has now developed the basis by which it can offer Gulang, its counterpart to a mainstream school’s junior high. Since 2015, APC has been running classes for students in Grades 7 – 9, and will be offering Grade 10 this coming school year. APC also has five connecting schools in other villages in Upper Pulangi.

Community participation is critical to APC, and one of the school’s distinct features is the role that community teachers play. Teachers need to be of the culture and know the language, but there is also a recognition of the need for them to build their skills and capacities. For the most part, this has been done through the assistance of volunteers and partners who can support the teachers through training and workshops.

The expansion of the school’s operations and offerings challenges the local teachers to further upgrade and refine their skills. Last year, two of the APC community volunteer teachers, Thelma Compade and Arman Sagula, had the opportunity to participate in the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program or ETEEAP, offered by Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro. The ETEEAP is an accelerated college degree program, implemented in a distance learning format. This allows the community teachers the flexibility to continue teaching at APC, while accomplishing the work modules required by the program. Their work experience and prior non-formal learning experience are also awarded academic equivalency under the ETEEAP. Thelma and Arman recently completed the requirements of the program and will graduate on March 31.

Arman is a graduate of APC and currently teaches Natural Resource Management to the Gulang students (Grades 7-9) while Thelma teaches Kinder 1 and 2. Both high school graduates, ETEEAP provided them the opportunity to obtain a college degree in education within a year.

Congratulations, Arman and Thelma!