“Paano kami makakapag-aral ng mapayapa at makakatulong sa aming mga magulang at komunidad, kung nariyan lagi ang presensya ng militar na nagkakampo sa aming mga paaralan? Nandito kami para humingi ng suporta , para makapagpatuloy kami sa aming pag-aaral, para manumbalik ang payapa naming pamumuhay. Hayaan ninyo kaming sumayaw sa saliw ng aming katutubong musika, hindi sa tunog ng mga bala!”
This was the sentiment 15-year-old Lando, a Manobo student of Salugpongan Ta’Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center, Inc. (STTICLCI), grieved out to legislators and child rights advocates who attended the Salubungan activity organized by the Save our Schools Network today at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani auditorium.
Lando, along with his 12 classmates, teacher and community leader, travelled all the way from their hometown Talaingod, Davao del Norte to Manila for a cultural caravan entitled Og Iskwela Puron (to school… I wish) which highlights their journey of hope and struggle for their right to education through a showcase of their traditional arts and culture.
Behind the colourful and spirited stage play the Teatro Salugpongan performed during the program lays the rather pain-stricken and heart-wrenching situation they face. These students, together with their community, have experienced rights violations committed by no other than the elements of the Armed Force of the Philippines (AFP).
Read the rest of the article on: https://saveourschoolsnetwork.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/save-our-schools-manobo-childrens-wish/