KAPWA-3: THE KNOWLEDGE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE IN THE ACADEME
Dr. Rhoda Galanco, the head teacher of the School of Teacher Education at the University of Baguio said at the 2010 SLT meeting in Baguio:
“Now, more than ever, we should not ignore the importance of having a cultural identity. We are living in a multicultural society where we eventually become acculturated with diverse cultures and consequently lose track of our own identity. In my classrooms, I encounter several students suffering from a cultural identity crisis. They do not know their roots. They do not know their heritage. Their parents are partly responsible because they did not pass on to their children their culture. The schools are partly responsible because we failed to re-acquaint our students with their roots.
These talks on cultural identity and IKSP should be disseminated. Our students are so caught up with scientific theories and explanations they have forgotten about their indigenous knowledge systems and practices, which are, in fact, indigenous science.”
In answer to this, Kapwa-3 specifically aims:
• to bring together the tumandok or lumad (the traditional knowledge holders) and the academe, at par with one another, to learn from each other and re-define Filipino knowing and Filipino knowledge in a culture-fair way
• to provide a forum for Filipino and international scholars, professors and students, who are interested in finding appropriate cultural approaches to researching, teaching, documenting, reporting, preserving and promoting the Filipino culture.
• to map out the relevance of traditional knowledge for Filipino education today.
• to share and discuss AK (academic findings/fieldwork) and IK (the knowledge of the Indigenous People) from among different cultural communities in the Philippines and around the world
• to spark interest among the general public in the humanistic and ecology-friendly values of the ancestral Asian societies and what advantages such values can offer to our 21st century living