DAVAO DEL NORTE, January 19 (PIA) - - To address the lack of schools in the area, the Department of Education – Davao del Norte Division opened 12 new public schools in the indigenous people’s (IP) communities in Kapalong and Talaingod.
Davao del Norte Schools Division Superintendent Josephine Fadul disclosed in an interview that the 12 schools were placed in IP communities to give access to public education.
Superintendent Fadul also emphasized that the division hired 22 new teachers for said schools.
“At first, they were paid through the local school board fund from the provincial government and the municipal
government but now, they are already national paid teachers,” she said.
Fadul stressed that the teachers were trained with IP education and multi-grade systems to suit the need of the community.
“The tribal leaders, themselves, trained the teachers on their culture because even though they are in the same municipalities, each tribe has its unique customs and traditions,” she said.
Fadul also revealed that the schools started with make-shift classrooms set up with the help of the tribal chieftain, barangay captains and the mayors.