The 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.
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The youth are encouraged to bring forth their knowledge and learnings into their own personal vision and mission in life thus, having the confidence and skills that would help sustain their own families as well as to the broader community in Upper Pulangi.
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.
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.
As you surely know by now, we have tried to make our Loyola Jesuit Secondary School (LJSS) “green” in many ways. That is, we have tried to be ecologically sensitive in construction so that we can be environmentally positive in instruction.The biggest effort has come in the use of soil based blocks (SSB) and not kiln burnt bricks in the building of the walls of the many structures on the campus of LJSS. Deforestation contributes to climate change, which we have been experiencing in too many sad ways in recent years.
As we are busy doing planning and fund raising for the new Loyola Jesuit Secondary School (LJSS) in Kasungu, Malawi, we have been describing the effort in a variety of ways. People have asked me recently why I have been referring to this educational commitment of the Zambia-Malawi Jesuit Province as an “option for the poor.”
The phrase “option for the poor” is central to Scripture, to our church social teaching and to our Jesuit mission documents. It indicates a preference of insight and commitment to those with minimal resources for full human development. It urges looking at the world from the perspective of the poor and working to improve the conditions that dehumanise our sisters and brothers.