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Friday, April 2, 2010

Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples' Education: Educating the IPs of Mindanao, Philippines



The Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples' Education was established in 2004.It is an educational institution founded by Benjamin Abadiano (A 2004 Ramon Magsaysay Award winner for Emergent Leadership, and the present elected president of Assisi Development Foundation) .The program is devoted to educate the indigenous peoples in the Philippines ,specifically in Mindanao region . Primarily, its goal is “to create culturally appropriate and relevant pathways of professional training and formation for indigenous youth and leaders.”




The PAMULAAN Center for IP Education is located inside University of Southeastern Philippines – College of Governance Business and Economics (USEP-CGBE)in Mintal, Davao City. This is the first learning institution In Asia dedicated for the educating of the indigenous people. The institution is driven to produce ethnically suitable and applicable pathways of teaching and development for the indigenous children, youth, community leaders, and development workers. This learning institution expects to generate graduates who are fully equipped with expertise and skills to become catalyst of change and promote sustainable development to their respective ethnic communities.


The word “Pamulaan" is derived from the word “lumad-Matigsalog, which stands for “seedbed". The program is geared towards student’s awareness on the socio -economic developments and technologies of the fast changing world .It is also a way to inculcate their minds of their present status, their life and culture.


With help of several partners from the diverse government and non-government organizations like the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples, Cartwheel Foundation, Assisi Development Foundation, the Office of Sen. Ramon Magsaysay Jr., and Ilawan Center for Volunteer and Leadership ,the Pamulaan became a long awaited reality to these students and to the ethnic communities of Mindanao. The learning center was their way to transformation and their hope towards the development of their individual villages.




The students from different indigenous tribes in this educational program will be able to enjoy complete tuition, miscellaneous fees, dorm stay and full board and lodging and travel expenses to project and practicum locations. They also have access to Pamulaan heritage house and library displaying their separate and diverse indigenous cultures. The IP students will be able to live harmoniously with other students from other ethnic groups ,and exchange understanding and knowledge to each other.

These are the courses offered at Pamulaan Center:

1. BA in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development
2. BS in Indigenous Peoples Education
3. BA in Peace Building and Multi-Cultural Studies
4. BS in Indigenous Agriculture

Pamulaan Center for IP Education also offers ladderized and modular courses for associate degree and short-term courses for community leaders and development workers.

For more information you can visit their website @
http://pamulaan.assisi-foundation.org/

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