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PEOPLES DAY CELEBRATION 2016
by: Jaypee G. Dionila
Indigenous Peoples are often thought of as the primary stewards of the planet’s biological resources. Their ways of life and Cosmo visions have contributed to the protection of the natural environment on which they depend on. It is no coincidence that when the World Wildlife Fund listed the top 200 areas with the highest and most threatened biodiversity, they found that 95 percent are on Indigenous territories.
Indigenous communities and the environments they maintain are increasingly under assault from mining, oil, dam building, logging, and agro-industrial projects.
Indigenous communities resist this invasion with tremendous courage and skill, but their protests are too often ignored by governments and corporations.
This is consistent with the aims of K to 12 Basic Education Program and the National Indigenous People’s Education (IPEd) which stipulates that within the framework of maintaining inclusive and effective learning environments, The DepEd nurtured among all learners’ respect for human rights and cultural diversity.
In line with the above mentioned policy and program thrusts, EVA Aeta Elementary School enjoined to support the national celebration by undertaking appropriate and relevant activities held last August 12, 2016.
Maam Christine Chelo P. Gabriel, the school Teacher-In-Charge, welcomes the guests and gave us knowledge on what the celebration is all about followed by the roll-call and energizer for every grade level lead by Mr. Jaypee G. Dionila, grade-II adviser.
The teachers conducted an appropriate learning activities that promote the objectives and message of the national celebration activities that promote the awareness of and respect for indigenous cultural communities. The pupils sing a song entitled “Ako’y Isang Pinoy” to prove not to everybody else but to their own self that they are also a Filipino citizen.
The teachers of EVA Aeta Elementary School invited resource speakers namely Mr. Joecris Ragasa and Ms. Aleli Bagtas, they are both teaching in abroad. They spent their vacation here and they conducted of advocacy activities for teaching and non-teaching personnel. They participated in the cultural dance presentation of IP pupils and shared their reading materials given to all EVA Aeta pupils. Simple refreshments are also given after the said celebration.