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LPU links with Artic University on Hunter-Gatherer Education


COSeL Director Dr. Marilyn Ngales and Program Manager Mrs. Leonora Astete presented papers and contributed to discourses in the Workshop on Hunter Gatherer Education – Directions for Research and Advocacy and in the International Conference on Indigeniety and Education at the University of Tromsø, Arctic University of Norway last September 24-28.

The sessions carried fruitful discussions and sharing on the status of Hunter -gatherer education in Namibia, Botswana, Congo in Africa, and Sami in the Arctic. Some of the talks highlighted indigenous education and the indigenization of education, mother-tongue based education, Sami indigenous education and literature, as well as issues in curricula and government guidelines on indigenous education. Dr. Ngales and Mrs. Astete, drawing from ten years of continued partnerships with hunter-gatherer communities, pitched in concerns and gains in indigenous education among the Agta in the north, the Batak of Palawan, the Dumagat of Quezon and Aurora, and the Ayta of Central Luzon.

                                   Dr. Marilyn Ngales delivers her keynote message during the Workshop on Hunter Gatherer Education -                                             Directions for Research and Advocacy at the University of Tromsø, Artic University of Norway

                                            Mrs. Leonora Astete presents her paper focusing on the role place plays in the culture –based program                                           initiatives with the  hunter-gatherer societies


“There is a need to strengthen hunter gatherer- education to include advocating for land rights,” Dr. Ngales reiterated in the dialogues, echoing community sentiments that land rights and education are inevitably tied together. She also pushed for the ideal relationship of the academe with indigenous communities: instead of working in and for indigenous communities, the academe should be working with indigenous communities. “The preposition is crucial,” she emphasized.


The Centre for Sami Studies in the person of Velina Ninkova and the Department of Social Sciences represented by Jennifer Hays, both of the University of Tromsø, organized and coordinated this workshop and international conference. The gathering brought together various development workers involved in hunter-gatherer education and research in the Philippines, Africa, Greenland, the US, Germany, Indonesia and Norway.