“Recognizing education as a necessary means to realize other human rights and fundamental freedoms…Many Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) communities continue to lack access to decent basic social services; they have limited opportunities to engage in the mainstream economy, and suffer social, economic and political marginalization. A major factor contributing to their disadvantaged position is the lack of access to culture-responsive basic education.”
–BR. ARMIN LUISTRO Department of Education Secretary
Salupongan International is committed to sustaining culture-responsive basic education programs and schools that help Lumad students and communities obtain their basic right to an education.
SI currently supports hundreds of indigenous scholars, teachers and faculty from Salupongan International Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Centers (STTICLC) and Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation Inc. (MISFI) Academy throughout Southern Mindanao (Region XI). STTICLC AND MISFI Academy has provided free, quality culture-responsive education to underserved indigenous and rural communities throughout Southern Mindanao (Region XI) for over a decade.
Our partner schools focus on providing a culture responsive education that is rooted in upholding indigenous culture and traditions, cultivation and protection of ancestral lands, the right to self determination and serving the economic, political and socio-cultural needs of the respective communities they serve.
We invite you to join us in our commitment in helping our fellow Lumad brothers and sisters in obtaining and “recognizing education as a necessary means to realize other human rights and fundamental freedoms” through supporting Salupongan International’s “Right to Education, Autonomy and Dignity” (R.E.A.D.) Project.
The R.E.A.D. Project is SI’s educational support program that focuses on helping assist and sustaining the necessary resources in order for our partner community schools to provide free, quality culture responsive education to the underserved Lumad and marginalized communities throughout Southern Mindanao.
Donate today to our R.E.A.D. Project and sponsor a student or teacher, provide needed books and school supplies, strengthen school infrastructures and help sustain the education of Lumad learners for generations to come.