SCHOOL FOR ATI. Delia Pauden (right) holds classes for Ati children in their School for Living Tradition (SLT) in Sitio Pantad, Barangay Igcalawagan, Tobias Fornier town. In an interview on Tuesday (Nov. 19, 2019), Pauden says she teaches traditional dance, language, and weaving industry to their younger generation. (Photo courtesy of Delia Pauden)
SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique — The School for Living Tradition (SLT) of the Ati Indigenous Peoples (IP) in Sitio Pantad, Barangay Igcalawagan in the municipality of Tobias Fornier needs additional fund for its completion.
Delia Pauden, head of the Pantad Ati Tribe Association who also serves as a teacher of the SLT, in an interview Tuesday, said they are asking the Antique provincial government for an additional fund including for construction materials to finish their school.
“Our SLT was funded by the National Cultural Center for the Arts (NCCA) with PHP150,000 last October 2018,” she said.
The fund was used to construct a one-floor concrete building where they hold classes for their traditional dance which they call “Miroy Criñosa”; “Inati” language; and weaving using local materials such as “buri” and “nito” for pouches and bags.
“For this school year, we are about to have our classes this month,” she said.
The SLT was conceptualized for their tribe members to learn and preserve their traditional culture, art, and livelihood.
“If we don’t teach our traditional culture, art, and livelihood, the new generation will tend to forget it,” Pauden said.
Last year, she said they only met in a designated place because they have no classroom. Even without the concrete structure, she said they were able to gather 70 Atis, mostly mothers as well as their children in the community, to join the classes.
“With the concrete structure for our SLT we would be able to have a better place where to learn,” she said.
The fund from the NCCA, Pauden said, was not enough as their school has no wall or flooring yet. (PNA)
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