Education and Cultural Diversity: Research and Education among Indigenous Peoples of Northern Philippines
Emerging concerns regarding the development of literacy and numeracy skills and a desire to enhance education outcomes in ethnic communities has recently been the focus of programs in less developed countries in addressing sustainable development and Cultural Diversity. Relatedly, there is an increasing interest in conducting research and education efforts to ethnic communities. There is today a growing concern among Indigenous Peoples (IPs) to conduct their researches for their own consumption and need not rely on what scholars have to say about them. Parallel to this is the realization that there is a need to develop local capacity to conduct research catered to local needs. There is therefore a need to balance research expertise with that of grounded data. Contextualized in contemporary conditions of ethnic communities / indigenous peoples in northern Luzon of the Philippine archipelago, this paper will discuss issues and problems facing mechanisms employed state and organizations to improve the education and social conditions of Philippine ethnic communities. It will also discuss local ambiguities and nuances that matched the hope in articulating practical mechanisms with which cultural competencies of children from ethnic communities are seen to be beneficial. Development concerns need to infuse "cultural competencies" that affirm identity without neglecting change. Encouraging IPs to delve into their own histories and experiences and setting in motion a pattern of change will provide them diversity of cultural perspectives, without confining them to the legacies of the past. The hope in a culture-informed empowerment is found in the analysis of two aspects: "cultural history" and "nuanced representation " that are inextricably linked to changing conditions IPs in Southeast Asia.
Keywords: Cultural Competencies, Research and Education, Cultural Diversity in Local Communities
Ms. Leah Abayao
Research Associate, Research Division, Tebtebba Foundation