School to teach children with their indigenous culture opens in Sarangani

  • A project to preserve and pass tribal culture to the next generation opened in Sarangani
  • Cultural masters and cultural teachers will guide the learners inside the School of Living Traditions
  • Classes begins with their tradition call and banging of “agong” followed by tribal prayer and songs

MANILA, Philippines – A project that will ensure that the indigenous culture, beliefs, practices, and history of Tagakaolo people will be preserved and passed on to the next generation was unveiled in the municipality of Malungon in the Sarangani province.

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The Tagakaolo School of Living Traditions (SLT) and a village museum for the Blaan tribe in Sitio Lamlifew in Barangay Datal Tampal has just started operating, as per PIA website.

“Through this SLT, the local government of Malungon hopes to preserve the culture and traditions of the indigenous people, specifically the Tagakaolo, and pass these on to the young generation,” Monard Galgo, municipal indigenous people’s permanent representative, said.

Datu Beto Angonia, municipal vice chieftain for Tagakaobo, said they document the indigenous knowledge system of the tribe and display them inside the SLT; saying, “This SLT will remind the Tagakaolo children the importance of their indigenous culture.”

Sulong Tribu Program manager Celito Tirando said the school will be developed to fortify the IP education curriculum of nearby public schools and will ensure that authentic indigenous knowledge will be taught in it.

Sulong Tribu, the IP development program of the provincial government of Sarangani, Tirando said, will assist in the SLT initially with the purchase of materials for the skills training and capability building of the cultural mentors and it will be sustained, formalized, and integrated in the public school system.

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The SLT was built as a traditional house and made entirely of bamboo with cogon grass as roofing material.

Although informal, training sessions begin with the tradition call and banging of “agong” followed by tribal prayer, songs and storytelling before getting into learning.

There, children will be taught on making indigenous accessories like beaded necklaces and headdresses by cultural masters and cultural teachers.

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They will also be trained in the weaving of traditional basket, embroidery, weaving of loom and blanket, playing native musics, indigenous tools, relics and others.

Classes inside SLT will be done outside regular school hours, preferably weekends.

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