SMU opens Children of Mary School-Hukhukyung

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By Karminia Gabrielle P. Reyes

PRESENT. Miss Marita Naabus  checks the attendance of the Grade One pupils from Sitio Hukhukyung and the neighboring sitios Hadey and Anga  during  the first day of classes at the newly opened school. (Photo by JCV)

Saint Mary’s University expanded basic education access to 69 Indigenous Peoples(IPs) at Hukhukyung,Labang, Ambaguio, Nueva Vizcaya.
In partnership with the National Commission for Indigenous People (NCIP) and Department of Education(DepEd) , SMU opened the Children of Mary School-Hukhukyung at this far-flung area of Ambaguio on June 22, 2015.
The school has a multi-grade set-up with a separate Kindergarten, Grades One-Two and Grades Three-Four with enrolment broken down into 15(K);14(Gr. 1), 14(Gr. 2);13(Gr. 3) ,13(Gr. 4) a total of 69 pupils.
Three licensed teachers were hired to teach adopting the K-4 curriculum. They are Mrs. Francesca Libuatan(K), Miss Marita Naabus (Gr.1- 2) and Mrs. Floresca Binando (Gr.3- 4)Dr. Ma. Cristeta M. Aduca, principal of SMU Grade School, is its appointed head.
Aduca said that her service as the school’s head is free and voluntary.
“This is part of the SMU’s extension project and together with the coordinators and stakeholders of SMU, we are committed to reach far-flung areas and engage different communities by addressing education needs through the Community Extension Service Project and Indigenous Knowledge of Arts and Traditions (IKAT) of SMU headed by Dr. Darwin Dacles,” Aduca explained.
The selection of Hukhukyung as an extension project of SMU was the fruit of the survey initiated by IKAT in 2010 under Rev. Fr. Manuel Valencia,CICM, ex-SMU president.
Dacles worked out the necessary papers for the approval of Children of Mary School-Hukhukyung as a legitimate IP school and in February 2015, the license for its operation was finally awarded.#