Councilor pushes for Davao history be taught in schools

Subscribe Now August 17, 2020 at 09:44am

A DAVAO City councilor is pushing for the mandatory teaching of Davao history to all grade levels in both public and private schools.

Councilor Pilar Braga, committee on education, science and technology chairperson, said she filed the ordinance which would require all schools in the city to include in their curriculum the teaching of Davao history to Grade 1 up to college students. The ordinance was passed on second reading on Tuesday, August 11.

Braga said the ordinance aims to instill awareness and deeper understanding among the youth about the history of the city and its diverse culture, beliefs and traditions, which helped share the current atmosphere of the city.

"This would help them appreciate the sacrifices and the struggles of our early leaders and ancestors," the councilor said.

"This would help them deepen their understanding of the city's diverse cultures, belief, values, unique value of life, despite cultural differences and changing times," the councilor added.

She said the "landmark" ordinance will also introduce the local officials who governed the city since it was effectively proclaimed as a chartered city in 1937.

"In the first place, wala pa gyud tay schools nga nagatudlo og Davao history (not a single school has teached Davao history)," Braga said.

Under the ordinance, a technical working group (TWG) will be formed to craft the instructional material.

The TWG will be composed of several members. including from the Division of City Schools, the Davao City Council, City Planning and Development Office, Davao City Library and Information Center, Museo Dabawenyo, Department of Education, Davao Historical Society, different authors of Davao history books and the media.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will also be part of the committee, Braga said.

Among those who will also be consulted, she said, are notable families who also made a huge contribution to the city.

She said they are expected to pass the ordinance and prepare the material, which includes researching, interview, consultation and other validation processes within a year.

She added the contents and the subject outline will be thoroughly screened and will also be based on the competencies per year level.

"This is an instructional material. Di nato pwede dali-dalion ni and i-water down (We cannot rush this and just water down the process) because we wanted to come up with quality material," Braga said.

She projected Davao history be included in the academic year 2022 to 2023.


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