The UST Graduate School – Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics (UST GS CCCPET), in partnership with the UST Institute of Religion, continued to provide valuable assistance to the Samar Provincial Government through technical assistance in the Samar Province Cultural Education Curriculum (SPCEC). The SPCEC is part of the Cultural Heritage Values Interpretation Towards Education and Utilization for Community Development: A Cultural Mapping Continuing Project Phase 2. Dovetailing from the CCCPET-facilitated cultural mapping of Samar in 2017, the curriculum development guideline was formally submitted in January 2021, premised on the home, community, and the school as critical agents of empowerment.
Phase 2 formulated a curriculum for Cultural Education based on the Samar Province Cultural Mapping Outputs. This was done to develop the cultural competencies of students in Basic Education and Adult Education, linked the cultural competencies to the Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELC) of the Department of Education and provided guides for the development of a culture-based learning modules. The project covered the utilization of the cultural mapping data for the crafting the SPCEC for Grades 1-12 and Adult Education as bases for development of cultural education modules and other relevant instruction materials.
Phase 3, set to begin in May 2021, will embark on module development and classroom training which will be modified due to the mobility constraints due to the covid19 pandemic.
The USTGS-CCCPET team, headed by Assoc. Prof. Eric B. Zerrudo PhD, collaborated with the Curriculum Development Team, composed of UST Institute of Religion (IR) faculty members, represented by Prof. Joan Christi T. Bagaipo PhD, and professors from other Samar universities. The Samar Provincial Government and the Department of Education Samar strongly supported the project.