Camp community in Maguindanao shared that access to education has been one of their dreams yet beyond their reach for the long time. Now, with the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Component of the Mindanao Trust Fund-Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2), they are now learning how to read and write.
Under the ALS Component of the Project, there are 1, 885 learners (917, female and 968 male) across the six camps of the MILF where the MTFRDP/2 is being implemented.
Instructional Managers (IMs) are hired by the project to facilitate learning sessions with the beneficiaries of the project.
Classes are regularly monitored by partners from the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) and the Department of Education-ARMM.
Need for education in the Bangsamoro is a reality. As per the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) of 2014, 7 out of 10 students will not finish high school due to some factors e.g. poverty and lack of support on education, and the effect of conflict in this part of the country.
ALS, a component of the MTFRDP/2 aims to cater education needs of vulnerable groups, particularly out of school youth, women, orphans and indigenous people.
MTFRDP/2 is a program partnership signed between the BDA and the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) which aim is to improve access of targeted communities in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao to basic socio-economic infrastructure and alternative learning system.
This intervention is comprised of engaging the communities through a community-driven development and alternative learning system with an end in view of making those productive, participative and peaceful communities. Moreover, this is in line with the Normalization Aspect of the CAB.
MTFRDP/2 is supported by the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) with various donors such as the European Union, the government of Sweden, Australia, Canada, United States, New Zealand and the World Bank, which also serves as Trust Fund Administrator and Secretariat.
The Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) is also supporting the project.
To date, mapping of learners and giving of functional literacy tests have been conducted earlier last month prior to the proper start of the classes.