The mobile teachers or instructional managers whom the Bangsamoro Development Agency has recently deployed to cater to the educational needs of the underprivileged communities within the six acknowledged camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), have expressed commitment to help the agency towards the goal of making education accessible to all.
In a feed backing activity conducted on September 7, 2018 in Cotabato City, the IMs shared experiences and the different activities they have accomplished in the ground.
Aisah Acob, one of the 24 IMs who hails from Marawi City at Camp Bilal, shared that her students would simply sit in the grassy areas just to ensure they gain knowledge and skills from the learnings being imparted by the teacher.
“We have no proper place or venue to conduct sessions or building to hold our classes”, she said.
Yet, we are determined to make the learning process as fruitful as we can, she confided.
Similar concerns were also voiced out by other IMs from other camps.
Moreover, the distance traveled by the IMs are quite far to reach their students as in the case of Zukarno Guiaman of Camp Badr, Said Madag and Suraida Ampatuan of Camp Omar and Amera Anta of Camp Rajamuda among others.
According to them, the communities are reached either by modern vehicle or carabao-riding, pump boat or even hiking.
For Saida Madag, assigned in Brgy. Limpongo, Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao under Camp Omar, that this challenge does not hamper her determination to serve the Bangsamoro.
“When I got the chance to be hired as one of BDA- ALS mobile teachers, I thought to myself, I’m going to use this opportunity to help people to the best of my ability”, Saida recalls.
She added that now that this rare chance to serve the Bangsamoro is in my hands once again, I would waste no time to make others’ dreams to earn knowledge become a reality, insha’Allah”, she stressed.
During this feed backing session, all of the ALS IMs have provided inputs/reports to the BDA, CFSI and World Bank representatives.
Rhadzni M. Taalim, Project Coordinator, Hashim Manticayan, Learning and Development Officer and his staff attended and facilitated the activity.
The Community and Family Services International was also part of the activity, being the project management unit who constantly provides guidance and support to the team.
Nelia Agbon, on the other hand, represented the World Bank.
BDA Camps Project Support Team – Community Development Officers were also present to listen to the IMs feed backs. CDOs like Luqman Tandalong (Camp Rajamuda), Alimuddin Hadjinor (Camp Omar), Tawab Kararon (Camp Abubakar) and other CPST representatives attended.
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.