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Bendum Young Foresters in Asia-Pacific Forestry Conference 2016

JABI-with-Arnel-posing-in-the-muralThe Pulangiyen young foresters – Jason, Ariel, Israel and Brian, and Arnel Santander, ESSC youth training manager, came from Northern Mindanao to join the Asia Pacific Forestry Week 2016 in Clark, Pampanga. The Theme “Growing our Future” fits what the community have been working within their gaup (ancestral domain).

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.

Working for Peace and Sustainaiblity – “Pandawat, Dalupaan ha Gaup”

image-272A pandawat is when we welcome a stranger as a friend; it is when we share food, life experiences and our hopes. So great is our hope and aspiration we ask our loved ones, ancestors, all life on the land (tanghaga) and Migtanghaga (Creator) to join us in this celebration of and gratitude for life.

Today’s youth is challenged by uncertainty: Peter Walpole SJ

youth_in_bendum-300x248As discussion and controversy ebb to and fro in the wake of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’, Fr Peter Walpole SJ and his team roll up their sleeves as usual and continue their long-term work on the river flood planes and forestry education in the Philippians.

Environmental science for social change: Science in context

science_in_contextEducation is neither the subjugation or simplification of meaning, nor the elimination of mystery. I need to feel the land where I am, its life and history, its story in order to open up my story. There needs to be time for input, reflection, analysis, conversation, discernment (head and heart) and clear community action. Children are not prepared for life – for living – if they do not experience this approach to engaging and learning. It’s not just IQ, it’s I care, which makes for living.

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.