SIKAT: Advocating Indigenous Learning In Contemporary Setting
Direct your children onto the right path,
and when they are older, they will not leave it.
– Proverbs 22:6 NLT
It was by going around the summer capital of the SOCCSKSARGEN Region that a school piqued my interest. Visiting the school had instantly part of my agenda.
According to the teachers that I talked to, the School of Indigenous Knowledge and Tradition (SIKAT) was founded in 2001. Years ago, there were other SIKAT schools around the country but for some reasons, they ceased to operate. Only the T’boli SIKAT has survived the test of times.
The T’boli SIKAT follows the basic curriculum set by the Department of Education (DepEd) but they integrate indigenous learning so that the T’boli culture and tradition are ensured to be passed on to the next generation. T’boli SIKAT has scheduled performances of indigenous music, arts, and sports every Wednesday.
This school year, the population is 134 pupils with four hardworking teachers managing the six grades. The medium of learning is T’boli.