EDITORIAL| An inclusive education

EDUCATION as an important life-long investment cannot be overemphasized. It enables individuals to aspire to improve his current station in life and to achieve his full potential.

For indigenous peoples, education is not only an individual’s achievement, but that of the community as well. It molds children to participate in the process of development and in the exercise of their socio-cultural rights. The knowledge and skills they bring back to the community can be crucial in changing the tide of their marginalization and the pursuit of their right to their own economic and social development.

Last Monday, a tripartite education program was launched to help indigenous peoples in the city avail of a educational assistance. The National Council of Indigenous Peoples, Datu Bago Awardees Organization, Inc. and the government of the Republic of San Marino, forged an agreement to assist IP students who are already enrolled at the tertiary level.

The small but wealthy nation of San Marino will provide micro insurance to the approved NCIP grantees. Each grantee will have be covered by the insurance which also includes both parents and three siblings under 21 years of age.

The NCIP will conduct the screening and selection process while the DBAO will seek financial support for the grantees.

IP students face multiple barriers and they need all the support they can get to achieve their dream of acquiring an education.

The need to expand the opportunity to get knowledge and skills should also be taken into consideration, if it has not been studied already. Adult literacy courses and vocational trainings that will be accessible to the community might be pursued.

This will enable both young and old to have access to new skills and deepen their understanding of the rapid changes happening in their community and the country. They can then actively participate in the socio-economic, cultural and political life of the community.

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