Education sector meet, discuss common support for B’Moro children

With the common aspiration for the future of Bangsamoro children, education sector in the Bangsamoro met recently on on September 6, 2018 at Pagana Resto in Cotabato City.

The body were composed of Bangsamoro leaders led by Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the GPH-MILF Peace Panel together with Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) executive director Mohammad S. Yacob, Ustadz Mohammad Alon, officials from Tarbiyyah Committee of the MILF and Department of Education-ARMM and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Accordingly, the meeting was about discussing plans on education in the Bangsamoro especially now that the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) is signed.

Iqbal told partners that education is one of the priorities in the Bangsamoro and the framework of learning system is still based on the Philippine Standard.

Meanwhile, Dir. Yacob said that the BOL is an opportunity to realize education suitable for Bangsamoro.

During the meeting, UNICEF officials expressed that this meeting is an initial support to BOL from their part.

“We are supportive for the Bangsamoro children; we will help the best that we can”.

From the UNICEF were Julia Rees, deputy country representative, Andrew Morris, chief of field office, Fransisco Benavides, education regional advisor, Roshni Basu, adolescent regional advisor and other staff.

To note, UNICEF has been supporting the implementation of the Tahderiyyah Program, which promotes a culture-sensitive curriculum design to cater educational needs of the Bangsamoro children.

The program was implemented by the BDA in close collaboration with the Tarbiyyah Committee and the DepED-ARMM.

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