NAKEM Conferences, MMSU hold MLE Forum, launch “SUKIMAT”
Nakem Conferences Philippines and Nakem Conferences International, in partnership with the Mariano Marcos State University jointly held the first-ever Mother Language Education Forum in Ilocos Norte. The forum was held July 16 at MMSU Laoag.
In that same gathering, the Nakem also launched Sukimat: Researches on Ilokano and Amianan Studies, a joint publication of the Nakem International and Nakem Philippines.
Dr. Miriam Pascua, President of MMSU, gave the opening remarks. Provincial board member Hon. Maria Elena Nalupta, representing Governor Michael Keon, gave an inspirational commitment to support the MLE initiative in the province.
The forum discussed the urgency of MLE as a new approach to responding to the challenges of Philippine education.
Aurelio Solver Agcaoili of the University of Hawai’i, the Nakem Conferences International and the alliance, 170+Talaytayan MLE, delivered a presentation entitled “Mother Language Education, Cultural Democracy, and Social Justice” while Ricky Ma. Duran Nolasco of the University of the Philippines and president of 170+Talaytayan MLE delivered a lecture entitled, “Mother-Tongue Based Education and Sustainable Development.”
Earlier, on July 6, Agcaoili and Nolasco, together with Hon. Magtanggol Gunigundo, Atty. Manuel Lino Faelnar, Prof. Ched Arzadon, and Dr. Paraluman Giron were part of the Manila contingent for the first-ever Zamboanga City forum on MLE.
Gunigundo is the author of the House Bill 3179 that proposed for a Mother-Language Education until the sixth grade.
Faelnar is executive director of LUDABI, a group of Bisayan advocates pursuing the cause of diversity and pluralism and the promotion the Bisayan languages.
Arzadon teaches at the University of the Philippines’ College of Education while Giron is regional director of the Department of Education’s MIMAROPA.
Sukimat, the 4th book of Nakem Conferences, and the first joint publication of Nakem International and Nakem Philippines, gathers the essays of 12 researchers who presented their works in during the 2007 and 2008 Nakem conferences held at MMSU and St. Mary’s University, respectively. These essays came from a pool of more than a hundred researches.
Meanwhile, those who served as reactors to the presentation were Dr. Norma Fernando, superintendent of Batac City Schools; Dr. Cecil Aribuabo, superintendent of Ilocos Norte Schools; Prof. Araceli Pastor, superintendent of Laoag City Schools; and Peter La. Julian, Philippine Daily Inquirer Northern Luzon bureau.
Other lectures and fora on MLE and related issues where Agcaoili will deliver a lecture or presentation have been slated for Dagupan City; for Tuguegarao City’s St Louis University; for Bayombong’s St. Mary’s University; and for Manila’s Polytechnique University of the Philippines.