ALCADEV, Hay-ayan, Lianga
Up in the mountains of Han-Ayan, Lianga, Surigao del Sur, a nipa hut stands to serve as a school for the children of the Lumads. Built by the Alternative Learning Center of Agricultural and Livelihood Development , Inc. (ALCADEV), it is a venture on an alternative learning system for Secondary Education for the Indigenous peoples in the area, the Lumads, mostly the Manobos.
How did St. Scholastica’s College come in contact with the ALCADEV? Through the Community of Benedictine Sisters in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur whose apostolate bring them in contact with the Lumads’ situation and needs. In the search for creative and appropriate methods of learning to incarnate its mission for education for justice and social transformation, SSC started the relations with the Lumads through the help of the Marihatag Sisters.
For the past years now, visits to the town particularly to the mountains of Han-ayan where the ALCADEV, is located saw sisters, faculty and students of the college unit bringing goods and school supplies for the children and the school. SSC college teachers shared their expertise on art and woodwork, health exercises and methods of teaching. ALCADEV on its part offered their experience on ways of learning and teaching indigenous peoples as well as in caring for the environment through sharing seeds of native trees and other local products
Every July 11 institutional Eucharistic celebration of the Solemnity of St. Benedict, each unit brings an assigned item as their offering to our adopted mountain school. The grade schoolers bring brightly colored rubber slippers, while the high school give umbrellas and raincoats to provide the children shelter from the rain as they walk to school. The college students offer water proof envelopes containing school supplies like pad paper, notebooks, crayons, pencils and ball pens. All these are gathered by the Institutional Social Action Center then packed and shipped to ALCADEV. There school children and faculty are overjoyed receiving these blessings and convey their deep gratitude to SCC led by our School President.