The experience of Apu Palamguwan Center (APC) to sustain education as an indigenous community is important in strengthening the understanding of and opportunities for Education for Sustainable Development. The community seeks to ecologically manage their resources in ways that allow for cultural and economic development.
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Peter Walpole and his team’s engagement with the Pulangiyen community in Bendum is one of accompanying the people in finding ways to live sustainably. Since 1992, initiatives were undertaken to address the different community concerns: land security, livelihood, health, education, resource management, and peace. The engagement is characterized by a deep respect for the people’s culture and identity, and the various initiatives are founded on the basis of culture.
Bentela daw Sayuda is the Pulangiyen value of visiting and sharing information; it is part of the Bridging Leadership in Mindanao (BLM) project of ESSC. BLM is an engagement with the youth of Mindanao, especially young adults in Indigenous People communities that aims to help in the stability and sustainability of Mindanao youth’s culture, the environment and their resources.
A group of professionals from Australia recently visited Bendum, exploring ways of assisting and supporting the emergence of Bendum as a center for ecology. Julie Edwards, CEO of Jesuit Social Services in Australia, with Clinton Murray and Nelson Riofrio, pro bono architects, and Miles Murray, a Year 10 Student from Xavier College, were in Bendum for five days.