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The CTSMI community is composed entirely of Lumad students, teachers, non-teaching personnel and parents. He's Spirit       E ducati...

The CTSMI community is composed entirely of Lumad students, teachers, non-teaching personnel and parents. He's Spirit   
Education is one of the basic needs of a person. The government must ensure that it is provided to all citizens especially the poor sector. In addition to food and land, housing, water, clean environment, health, employment, social protection, participation and peace.

According to the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) mass action campaign now led by a veteran activist, Sec. Liza Maza.

Thus in remote areas like in Brgy. Maco in Compostela Valley recently visited NAPC representatives.

October 25 was celebrated the fourth year of the Community Technical College of Southeastern Mindanao, Inc. (CTCSMI). In 2013, academics, human rights groups, leaders-grassroots, and religious organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) work together for such an escort to serve the Lumad communities. It aims to serve the Lumad youth and their communities by developing a school that promotes their culture, rights, livelihood and future.

A comprehensive focus on the welfare and well-being of the Lumad is the central program implemented by CTCSMI. It is a school that promotes youth awareness with their parents and the whole community to uphold their dreams and the ability to self-reliance, to rise and to inherit the importance of their collective action.

At present, there are 165 college scholars in the CTCSMI community. They study for free and live in the dormitory of CTCSMI. They were scattered at Liceo De Davao in Tagum, University of Mindanao, St. Mary's College, North Davao College and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or Tesda. It takes courses related to the development of their community such as education, nursing, acupuncture, engineering, production of organic agriculture, fishing and accountancy.

In attendance of the NAPC representatives, the students immediately assembled for the show.

One of them met with CTCSMI teacher Adelaida Pregua, 57, who was also a member of the agricultural instructors and also taught Senior High School. "We shape the youth (para) after they have learned to be more willing and willing to participate in changing their situation and actively developing their community," Adelaida said.

"It's not just a theory of learning," she says. "Now, they're getting ready. For example, CTCSMI has its own Nature-Based Health Program. (Here,) alternatives (from indigenous components) to the treatment routines. Using herbal medicine and acupuncture they are exploring the application of their studies. "

Similarly to Organic Agricultural Production, CTCSMI has its own farms. Here, there is the application of the theory that students studying in the course of Agriculture have been applying. Meanwhile, the CTCSMI community also recognizes that the increase of students who can graduate from Education is important. So many of the first batch of teachers actually taught at CTCSMI, graduating from Liceo De Davao today.

Presently, there are 46 preschool (elementary) and elementary, 204 junior high schools, 83 senior high schools and 163 colleges residing in the dormitory of CTCSMI. The purpose of the school is to make everyone more comfortable, so they work to expose children's learning resources.
Kristine May. <b> Yes Spirit </ b>

Kristine May. He's Spirit

Kristine May, 21, tells how she became a teacher at CTCSMI.

"I just finished a Bachelor of Elementary Education at the University of Southeastern Philippines. (But) I chose to teach it because it was an alternative teaching style. Our curriculum contains patriotic, experiential and scientific teaching methods, "Kristine said.

He is pleased to see that he is witnessing the development of the Lumad children. "I want them to grow up not to stay in the community's aspirations and eventually become part of their support for their occupation."

He promises to himself that he will not leave the children poorly in knowledge and unprepared in the world full of contradictions and problems. "These schools are important and the government should support the people's own efforts," he said.

If the children are watching for the children, it is likely that the Lumad children can raise the awareness of this school in this school.

CTCSMI students were happy, enthusiastic and actively listened to at the gathering. One of the students was Regine Binag, 12, the eldest of five siblings and in Grade 7. "I came here because my parents could not afford to study me at the DepEd (Department of Education) school. Here I (in school) live because our place is far away, "Regine said.

His story, he wants CTCSMI because everyone is in peace, silently and they learn "not bourgeois" things-they teach them the importance of self-esteem.

"I dream of graduating from school so we can go to poverty and help other Lumad children," Regine said. Perhaps because of the good example of CTCSMI teachers, as well as Regine, wanting to be a teacher too. "I want to be a teacher someday to teach me to read, write, and teach goodwill or behavior (my children)," he added.

At CTCSMI, encourage the entire family's participation in the programs. The whole administration, teachers and all of its non-teaching personnel believe that the Lumad community is fully embraced from various areas and breeds the program to steadily improve their service delivery.

Emaly Presno is a Witness here, 39. Two children are educated at CTCSMI and are active in its health program.

"It is very easy to enter the CTCSMI program because the children's education is free. From uniforms, school supplies, quality of education including health, nutritious food and shelter for CTCSMI-free scholars, "said Emaly.

Emaly told NAPC representatives to visit "alive" in this school the spirit of promoting the "ten basic needs of the people". It is a great thing to them that parents and the exchange of their children's education are their active participation and appreciation of a comprehensive program that will uphold the Lumad's ability to independently.

According to Pia Perez, executive director and administrator of CTCSMI, many more are needed and must be done to fully help our Lumad citizens. But the school is a huge step.
CTCSMI teachers.
CTCSMI teachers. He's Spirit

"We encourage us to continue to enjoy it, our services continue to grow and support from private and even government officials who are real people," Pia said.

According to NAPC, CTCSMI is an inspiration to others in promoting an education that meets and addresses the comprehensive needs of Lumad's peoples.

"Due to the unity of unity and participation of the entire CTCSMI community, it proves that nothing is impossible when willing and united. It is not impossible for the government to pursue these people's efforts as long as they want and seriously respond to the needs of the poor. It should be enough to support enough support, help and services of the government, "Maza concluded.

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