X-MEN: Building Community of Filipino Indigenous Youth in the Space of Everyday Citizenship Education

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"'Why is it that in the urban streets of Manila, I see many bridges without flowing waters below? Why is it that in the mountains, there are many rivers yet no bridges through which the water buffalo may cross to carry and bring us our food?' --A Manobo child "This query of indigenous children of Manobo posits a question of where the young generations of common Filipinos are located in the current space of development. "The research is a phenomenological account of indigenous Filipino youth leaders serving their own communities for empowerment and development. Data were gathered using tools such as participant observation in the educational practices and processes, focus group discussions, semi- structured interviews and collection of life stories from various indigenous youth leaders of TUKLAS KATUTUBO. "The study conceptualizes the changing identity of Filipino indigenous youth particularly in the areas of citizenship, leadership, gender relations, culture, empowerment and development. It describes the educational practices and learning processes of youth development work and hopes to contribute to the discourse of youth pedagogy of the commons and establish emerging strategies of organizing and mobilizing youth for social action. "It is hoped that the results of this research will add to the changing and growing interest in the theory and practice of community development particularly in the area of community building and development processes. It will also serve as an impetus for policy review of Philippine youth laws, in particular, the Indigenous Peoples' Rights Act and Youth in Nation Building Act and, for recommending policies and strategies that will help locate and recognize the cultures, identities and survival practices of the commons in the midst of dominant economic and political system of our time."



IASC, indigenous institutions, community, citizen participatory management, education