“Attack against illiteracy” has been a motto of the Bangsamoro Development Agency-Human Resource Development (BDA-HRD) Team in a mission to conduct orientation and mapping of beneficiaries for the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Component of the Mindanao Trust Fund Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2).
The said activity was simultaneously conducted on July 31 to August 9, 2018 together with partners from the Community and Family Services International (CFSI), Department of Education (DepED), Instructional Managers (IMs) and the Joint Task Forces on Camp Transformation (JTFCT) across the twenty one communities under the six major camps of the MILF where MTFRDP/2 is being implemented.
According to Hashim Manticayan, learning and development officer and head of BDA-HRD, the act was intended to orient target beneficiaries about the ALS and validate pre-identified learners to determine who are qualified for each of the ALS categories.
“We conducted orientation and Functional Literacy Test (FLT) to target beneficiaries to see who will qualify for basic literacy program e.g. those who cannot read and write, elementary level and secondary”, Manticayan disclosed.
He added that there were 1,477 number of participants who underwent the said validation of 1,011 took FLT and 466 for Basic Literacy Program (BLP).
The team is expected to meet this week to consolidate results of the validation to finalize the list of learners for each category.
Manticayan also reported that aside from the orientation and validation, the team also introduced to the communities the instructional managers (IMs) who were hired to facilitate the learning session for the ALS in the barangay.
“We went there together with the IMs to introduce them to the community and at the same time identify learning centers where ALS classes will take place”, he added.
To note, the IMs have underwent one-week training on July 21-28, 2018 to equip them of necessary knowledge and skills related to ALS teaching.
Manticayan likewise shared the struggle of the team in reaching the remote areas which were not accessible due to road absence, heavy rains and among others.
“Rain or shine, by modern vehicle or carabao-riding, pump boat or even hiking we went on to fulfill our mission of catering educational needs of our people in those communities” he narrated.
Manticayan quoted one DepED official in Marawi City who said that “in ALS there is hope.
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.