SIKAT: Advocating Indigenous Learning In Contemporary Setting

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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.

School of Indigenous Knowledge and Tradition in Lake Sebu, South CotabatoAccording 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.

School of Indigenous Knowledge and Tradition in Lake Sebu, South CotabatoThe 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.

School of Indigenous Knowledge and Tradition in Lake Sebu, South CotabatoAs a private and community school, SIKAT is reliant to the contributions for its upkeep including the compensation of its teachers. So, that in itself is another big challenge for T’boli SIKAT.

School of Indigenous Knowledge and Tradition in Lake Sebu, South CotabatoCultural preservation, heritage conservation, and indigenous learning are advocacy that every citizen must take part as they embody and define our rich ancestry as a nation of diverse roots.

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