2nd National Conference on Indigenous Peoples' Higher Education in the Philippines

Dr. Terry Simpson at the
2nd National Conference on Indigenous Peoples' Higher Education
in the Philippines The Indigenous People received nationwide attention last August 13-15, 2008 at the 2nd National Conference on Indigenous Peoples' Higher Education in the Philippines. The University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) in Obrero, Davao City hosted the Conference with the help of the Pamulaan Center of Indigenous Peoples' Education and in partnership with the Minority Care International (MCI) and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

With the theme of "Valuing Traditions in Shaping the Future", paper presentations are categorized into songs, dances and literature; sustainable resource management, community building and education. MCI invited Dr. Terry Simpson, Division Chair, Education Professor of Secondary Education, Maryville University, Maryville, Tennessee to stand as one of the notable speakers during this academic undertaking. He imparted his knowledge on multicultural education. This two-time outstanding Maryville College Professor in 1996 & 2002 owes his expertise from being an instructor in the sociology of education, instructional strategies, and ethics. Simpson earned a B.A. and M.S. from the University of Tennessee; a M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and an Ed.D., University of Texas A&M-Commerce. His wide range of topics of expertise and interest includes impact of socioeconomic status on educational achievement, education in Estonia, culture and religion in Southern Appalachia, and Supreme Court cases impact on religion and public education.

The rationale behind the Indigenous People's cause is the fact that, unless the Indigenous Knowledge System and Practices (IKSP) of the Indigenous people are assisted by education and are preserved soon, these will soon disappear and will be gone forever. The Conference concluded with a ritual of commitment to the Indigenous Peoples' cause.

The activity is endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC).