IP Education/ PJP II Program

Indigenous Peoples Education Program/ Pope John Paul II Children’s Program


Supporting initiatives on culture-sensitive and relevant education for various indigenous communities in the country.

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  1. To improve the access of IPs to formal and alternative education
  2. To increase awareness and appreciation of IPs of their Indigenous Knowledge, Systems and Practices (IKSP Promotion)
  3. To develop/enhance the competence of IPs /ICCs on IP education and management systems (IP Community-Ownership and Management)
  4. To set up sustainability mechanisms for IP education



  • 10 elementary schools turned over to the DepEd
  • 13 Pre-schools turned over to the DepEd
  • 26 Daycare Centers turned over to the DSWD
  • 12 Daycare Centers sustained by Church Local Partners and IPOs
  • 4 Daycare Centers sustained by IPOs
  • 516 IP children and youth in public and private schools supported through the HOPE REACH Educational Assistance
  • 4 IPOs established and remained functional
  • 3 Learning Farms and Livelihood Projects established and sustained
  • The Mahayag Bulega Organization utilized 4-hectare lot from the City Government of Malaybalay as school site and Learning Farm for the sustainability of its elementary school, Pigpamulahan Tribal School.



  • Increased pride in one’s identity and culture as manifested by awareness about their tribe’s history, ability to speak the mother tongue, and ability to present their traditional dance and songs;
  • Increased ability to read, write and perform simple mathematical computation;
  • Deeper recognition of the value of education as indicated by active involvement of students, parents and community leaders in the school activities and in the parents-teachers association;
  • Acquisition of knowledge and skills in traditional and contemporary technologies ranging from handicraft making, weaving, sustainable agriculture to bookkeeping and organizational development;
  • Strengthened capacity and commitment to ancestral domain and natural resources as demonstrated by firm stand against the entry of environmentally destructive projects like mining, logging and others
  • Enhanced confidence and responsibility to exercise rights, like voting without help from others and linking with the LGUs and other government agencies to access basic services.

Local Educators’ Advancement Program (LEAP) Local Educators Advance Program (LEAP) has been organized as a continuing initiative for the empowerment of IP educators to eventually become major forces in establishing relevant IP education in IP communities and in advancing the cause of IP education as a crucial aspect of nation building. The previous themes were:

LEAP 1: Sustaining Initiatives in Indigenous Education, May 17 to 28, 2007 LEAP 2: Strengthening Partnership and Systems for the Advancement of IP Education, May 29 to 31, 2011