In piloting an education model that is sensitive to the experiences of young indigenous peoples in the Philippines, Pamulaan has shown the way for government to scale up.
The Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Education is a formal, tertiary school providing education for indigenous peoples as a means to build their self-reliance. Departing from mainstream systems of instruction, Pamulaan espouses an education rooted in the life and culture of indigenous peoples. Cultural values and traditions inspire school programs that focus on forming leaders amongst the youth, as well as developing the indigenous peoples’ elders. Founded as a unique partnership between non-government organizations (NGOs), academia, and the state, Pamulaan has gone far in its first ten years.