The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) signed Memorandum of Cooperation with the SMART Communications Inc. on February 28, 2017 at Kutawato Hall A, Em Manor Hotel, Cotabato City.
According to Mohammad S. Yacob, BDA executive director, “this signing of BDA and SMART is a breakthrough for us as we step up our strategy into digital learning for our Bangsamoro children being catered through our Tahderiyyah Program”.
Yacob reported that through the MoC, the SMART Communications will put into android applications the Tahderiyyah Curriculum.
Android is defined as an open-source operating system used for smartphones and tablet computers while android application is a software application running on the Android platform. (google.com)
“We hope that this partnership will give us more modern strategy in the implementation of educational program which will help us reach those children in distant areas”, Yacob added.
Darwin F. Flores, Department Head for Community Partnership Public Affairs of SMART Communications told that “we believe that development is not exclusive only in Manila and cities, it’s meant for all”.
“The next step for us would be to work with your education committee and plan execution or implementation of making the content of Tahderiyyah available as an apps”, Flores added.
“Thank you very much for the opportunity that you are giving us to be of service to the Bangsamoro community”, he expressed.
Flores presented some mobile apps of Batibot (a Philippine Children’s television series produced by PCTV and based on Sesame Street).
“This may be the solutions to a problem such as lack of classrooms, lack of qualified teachers and lack of books”, Flores ended.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by the BDA Board of Directors (BOD) member Taupiq Alagasi, staff and representatives from the SMART group and from the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP).
The Tahderiyyah Program is implemented by the BDA with support from the Government of Australia and in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).