Tagakolu Curriculum Design Workshop
After several initial planning sessions and community visits, the team together with youth and elders from the community in Malita spent three days designing the IYL curriculum. This workshop aims to give the community the space to create a more detailed and tangible curriculum for the IYL program in the context of the consolidated dreams of the Tagakolu tribe in Malita. The group agreed to create a three-phased curriculum, which will serve as guide and framework for the Indigenous youth program in their community. Each phase will have a specific theme and time frame. They also developed their own description, aim, goal, process, time frame and intended results for the program.
The group also created a work plan based on the discoveries from the previous workshops and consultations with the youth, elders and the wider community. In particular, they determined the specific activities, objectives, setting (time and venue), and resources per component of learning that will be implemented throughout the program. The bulk of these were from the positive core developed from the series of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) workshops held since November of last year.
The elders reaffirmed their support for the IYL program by defining more concretely their role and responsibilities in the actual implementation of the program. It was encouraging to hear from them their conviction to become active culture bearers who will guide and mentor their youth to live out their culture and pass this on to the next generations.
Similar to past AI workshops, the group went through the AI process where the youth and elders, including the MJ Fathers and staff, told positive stories of cultural learning and leadership development. These stories became the foundation of the curriculum design.
In all of these, our relationship with the Missionaries of Jesus Fathers and Mission Staff has been an important part in realizing these efforts. We are grateful for their constant support and commitment towards positive development of the Tagakolu community.