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Organic market in Valladolid, Spain: Helping educational projects in the Philippines

2015_09_30_N&E_Photo1The University School of Agricultural Engineering (INEA in Spanish) in Valladolid, Spain held its latest edition of the Ecological and Solidarity Market last 16 September jointly with growers of organic gardens, a green project that the community has looked forward to since 10 years ago.

On this occasion, the funds raised were donated to the Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center (APC)  in Bendum in northern Mindanao, Philippines that provides Kinder to Grade 6 classes for about 300 students. APC has been operating an upland elementary school for the Pulangiyen indigenous communities for more than 10 years. And for this school year, APC offered Grade 7 classes and around 30 students are currently enrolled.

Furniture carpentry with Upper Pulangi youth in northern Mindanao, Philippines

2014_09_30_N&E_Photo2This Hulas Furniture Carpentry Course of Tuen hu Uyag is a four-week training course and is an institutional collaboration between the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) and Pusat Pengembangan dan Pelatihan Industri Kayu (PIKA), a Jesuit vocational school for woodworking technology in Semarang, Indonesia.

Tha background of APC

apcThrough the assistance of ESSC, the Cultural Empowerment Center (CEC) was set-up in Bendum in 1993. CEC’s main objective was to provide a venue for child literacy and adult education, community livelihood activities, health program, resource mapping, community management training and documentation of their ancestral domain claims. In 1997, the community decided to name the literacy program Cultural Education Program. As the community sought to more formalize the education system in Bendum, the name was changed to Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center.

APC experience in mother tongue-based education

APC grade school studentsThe Pulangiyen people’s indigenous grade school in this picturesque community in the middle of Mindanao’s heartland – Bukidnon – is now fast becoming a model in the push of using a people’s mother tongue as the language of instruction in a multilingual and culture-based education (MLE-CBE) toward sustainable development. The Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center (APC) was founded on the desire of the Pulangiyen people to read, write and be educated in the context of their culture and life.