The move by the Department of Education to close three hinterland schools serving the Ata-Manobo tribe in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, affects adversely almost 3,000 lumad children. Replacing them with a public high school using military personnel as para-teachers is an absolute violation of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Basahin: ‘Lumad’ schools militarized.

by REV. FR. REX R. B. REYES JR. General Secretary of the NCCP.

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