Learn How to Make Beadworks with Lumad Bakwit School
Pakiglambigit with Bakwit School of Lumad Community
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Last 7 February, 2019, I had the opportunity to co-facilitated beadworks activity with the UP ISSI management and staff and the Grade 10 students of Bakwit School. The Bakwit kids taught us how to make creative beadworks as part of inclusion between the institute and the Lumad community.
“Bakwit kids are part entrepreneurs. While busy on their morning school, Bakwit kids find time designing beadworks in the afternoon. Here you can see earrings, bracelets, and necklaces beadworks done by the Bakwit kids. Prices range from Ph50 to Php250 depending on the size of beadworks. These kids got their beadworks skills from an enterprising volunteer and were able to translate the skills to a simple business. Help our Bakwit kids, you may visit them at the makeshift Bakwit School located at the Open Plaza of UP Institute for Small-Scale Industries. They will be at the Institute until 8 February 2019 only.” as summarized by Mr. Roy Apacible of Information and Public Affairs Office (IPAO) UP ISSI.
The one and a half hour of learning progress into making bracelets, rings, pendant and earrings. To make me remember the steps of the design I make, I wrote them randomly through notes but as the activity continues, we were able to grasp the pattern of the beadworks. Jean my partner told us that they learn the skills from volunteer groups while some of these kids learned it from their parents. In return, we taught them the costing and pricing methods. We also bought some of the kid’s finished products as well the beadworks we’ve created.
The social activity with the Lumad is part of the “Pakilambigit: Isang hapon ng pakikiisa sa Bakwith School. It involves culture and arts – dance, songs, illustrations and play shared among UP ISSI staff and Bakwit children, elders and teachers.
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