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KADAGATAN embraces a cultural-based science and social studies curriculum. The term “Kadagatan” means seas or ocean in the Cebuano language. It incorporates Filipino culture and core values in teaching tropical marine ecology. Its aim is to engage students about environmental stewardship and to inspire them to take action in sustaining the wellbeing of their environment. This curriculum focuses on Filipinos and their intimate relationship with the sea, but the concepts covered in three modules are universal. Through standards and inquiry-based lessons and virtual activities, students will be taken on a journey into their past and place, beginning with the center most region of the Philippines, the Visayas. From there, students will explore the country’s diverse and rich coastal communities and dive into the deep trenches of Philippine water, all within understanding the context and connections to our global environment.
KADAGATAN was a collaborative project of the Asia Collection at the University of Hawai’i at Hamilton Library and the University of Hawai’i Center for Southeast Asian Studies. It was funded by the University of Hawai’i Vicechancellor for Research and Training. KADAGATAN was developed to create teaching modules for the Chicago Public Schools. The modules are also available for public access by schools across the United States.