In an effort to push for the smooth sail of the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project II (MTF-RDP/2), the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) in close coordination with the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) conducted the 2nd Planning Workshop for the Alternative Learning System last 18 June at Em Manor Hotel in Cotabato City.
The activity was conducted in order to present the key inputs related to the ALS as a component of the MTF-RDP/2, which concerns about education and literacy of the target communities.
In his words of wisdom, Learning and Development Assistant Uz Mokamad Alon quoted that education is a cultural process by which successive generation takes their places in the history adding that ‘educating the masses should be given priority by those in authority and have the capacity to undertake the educational reform agenda’ for the younger generation to benefit from.
Mohamad Salih, who serves as Project Board member and a Task Force for Camps Transformation member supported the call for educating the Bangsamoro youth in particular as he pointed out that learning is a continuous process, which does not end.
Salih also asserted that this initiative (MTF-RDP/2) is part of confidence-building which means that this is a follow-through activity of the previous engagements relative to the MTF-RDP.
Meanwhile, messages of support were also given by DepED-ARMM and other key partners’ representatives.
Thelma Artil of DepEd-ARMM committed to fully support the program in their area. Aside from Artil, Julkipli Arsad and Armando Patagan also represented the agency.
Hashim Manticayan expressed thanks to all partners who pushed themselves to join and realize the program.
CFSI Team headed by Engr. Nasser Sinarimbo, Project Coordinator were also present in the activity.
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.