The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) through its Tahderiyyah Program (TP) joined two national workshop conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH).
The first activity was a validation workshop on Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) on January 18 while the second was education planning workshop on January 19-20, 2017 all at Bayview Park Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, UN Avenue, Ermita, Manila.
According to Julie Maliga, TP coordinator, the validation workshop was aimed to share the evaluation findings with key education and ECCD stakeholders in the Philippines and to receive comments and suggestions to validate findings, strengthen the recommendations, and finalize the evaluation report.
It was facilitated by the Oxford Policy Management.
“The UNICEF contracted the Oxford Policy Management to study the current status of its policies with regards to its implementation in the ground”, Maliga said.
“They have done it already in our areas last 2016. They went to the Tahderiyyah Centres and conducted interview with the teachers regarding the Tahderiyyah Program”, she added.
Maliga reported that the Tahderiyyah Program was included on the presentation about ECCD.
Mohammad S. Yacob, BDA executive director said that the inclusion of Tahderiyyah Program in the presentation means recognition for the program and the agency and it helps in advancing or promoting the program to a national audience in events like the said workshop.
In the planning workshop, Maliga, reported that participating agencies discussed about goals and milestones
“The workshop was about planning in the implementation of UNICEF with the partners for the year 2017-2018.We talked about the goal and milestone of every agency”, she added.
Director Yacob presented BDA priorities which includes education.
“He presented the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) focusing on its Education sub-theme”, Maliga told.
“We expressed that we are partner in promoting balanced education for Bangsamoro children. We should help one another towards this cause for our children”, Yacob stated.
Other participating agencies in the activity were the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office, DepEd- Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and among others.
Tahderiyyah Program is implemented by the BDA with support from the DFAT Australia and in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).