On October 4-6, 2017, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) through its Executive Director Mohammad S. Yacob shared topics on “Education for Conflict Prevention and Peace Building” during the Regional Conference on Inclusive and Rights-Based Education in Manila organized by the Philippines National Commission for UNESCO.
Dir. Yacob started the topic by history of the Bangsamoro struggle, which accordingly has immediately and directly affected the economic growth and social system of the communities.
Specific issues mentioned were low educational attainments, poor health outcomes and widespread child malnutrition.
“According to the study conducted by BDA the most telling and relevant fact regarding the state of education in the Bangsamoro is that one in every five adults has no schooling at all and only a small proportion has completed high school”, Dir. Yacob stated.
Part also of his presentation was the education situation in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Dir. Yacob then highlighted the subject on Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) in the Bangsamoro.
He shared about the education program of BDA which is the Tahderiyyah (Kindergarten) Program, where a curriculum developed for pre-schoolers is aligned with the national Kindergarten curriculum under the K to 12, but contextualized and adapted for Muslim children. It integrates the true Islamic values into the developmental learning of young children and aims to preserve the culture and traditions of the Bangsamoro areas.
From 2010 up to the present, BDA with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have implemented the Tahderiyyah Curriculum in more than 800 traditional madaris, trained almost 300 hundreds trainers and more than 500 thousands teachers and administrators of traditional madaris. In addition, the ECCD packages were distributed in those 800 schools in conflict affected areas in Mindanao.
The Regional Conference on Inclusive and Rights-Based Education fostered dialogue and sharing of insights on the type of inclusive education that recognizes diverse needs and eliminates barriers.