With an aim to improve the madrasah (Islamic school) system in the Bangsamoro, the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) joined a 5-day study tour on September 13-17, 2016 at Jakarta, Indonesia. .
The study tour was organized by the Department of Education- Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) through the support of DFAT Australia and hosted by the Jakarta-based Al Azhar Islamic Foundation
“We became part of the team because of our Tahderiyyah Program aiming for the balanced education of the children in the Bangsamoro which is also the same goal with the DepEd-ARMM through the Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao (BEAM) ARMM where they also support improvement of madrasah in the ARMM ares”, BDA Executive Director Mohammad Yacob said.
Director Yacob shared that during the trip, they visited various landmarks in Indonesia such as the largest masjid in Jakarta.
“We went to Ministry of Education which handles the general/public schools in Indonesia and to the Ministry of Religious Affairs that takes charge of the madrasah system in Indonesia”, Yacob told.
Yacob was impressed by the good education system he witnessed in Indonesia having public/private madrasah education system, managed and supported by the Indonesian communities that eventually become one of the excellent institutions in the country offering quality education and produces quality graduates.
“Our goal through our Tahderiyyah program is to improve madrasah system for our children, and this tour has exposed us to such inspiring system which our partners from DFAT Australia and United Nations’ Children’s Fund (UNICEF) wanted for us for this trip”, Yacob stated.
He further stated that “as a personal reflection, and being the executive director of BDA, I believe that there is no impossible for us to adapt or replicate those good practices. If Indonesia has reached that point, with a vision to create leaders and change-makers, we at the Bangsamoro can also do in sha Allah.”
“I believe that we can also create Moro leaders who are knowledgeable in Islam and secular education and we can make change by producing professional and intellectual Muslim leaders,” Yacob ended.
Together Director Yacob was Julie Maliga BDA-TP Coordinator.
The delegates included representatives from the Tarbiyyah (education) Committee of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), DepED-ARMM, and BEAM-ARMM.
The Tahderiyyah program is another product of UNICEF and BDA’s collaborative efforts to reach children in the conflict-affected areas (CAAs) in Mindanao. It generally aims to facilitate easy access to quality Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) services and Basic Education to the CAAs.
The program was piloted in 2009 and now being implemented in three 335 schools across six (6) regions Central Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Ranaw, Zamboanga Peninsula, Zamboanga and Basilan and Davao with the island province of Sulu.
The Tahderiyyah Program has three components namely, Early Childhood Development (ECD), CP and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH).