Inter camp competition, ALS beneficiaries meet for battle of the brains

Almost seventy Alternative Learning System (ALS) learners have participated in the inter-camps literacy competition organized and hosted by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) in close collaboration with the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) on 5-7 January 2019 at Em Manor Hotel in Cotabato City with a theme ‘Karunungan: Pundasyon ng Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran ng Bangsamoro’.

Rhadzni M. Taalim, BDA Project Coordinator for the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTF-RDP/2) in which ALS program is part of, hailed the instructional managers across the six previously acknowledged Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) camps as “heroes because they are teaching in an abnormal environment” unlike regular schools.

Taalim also added that these IMs who dedicate their life to ensure education is brought to these remotest communities are serving ‘Jihad’ by serving the Bangsamoro people in their own ways.

The twenty-four (24) IMs engaged by BDA in the camps such as Abubakar, Badr, Bilal, Bushra, Omar and Rajamuda conduct learning sessions covering the learners under basic literacy program (BLP), elementary and secondary.

“Your minds are shifting for your learners”, Taalim said of the IMs which made him believe that ‘your minds are incredible’.

In his inspiration message, Hashim B. Manticayan, BDA Learning and Development Officer under MTF-RDP/2 stressed that nobody will be left behind especially in the aspect of education particularly now that an incoming Bangsamoro government will be in place sooner.

“You are blessed to have been chosen among the almost 2000 learners across the camps and join this literacy exercise”, Manticayan told the participating ALS learners.

Meanwhile, Kadafy Bagundang, one of the IMs assigned in Camp Badr told his co-IMs to deliver their responsibility with ‘ikhlas’ (sincerity) as his words of wisdom during the opening program on January 5.

An array of mind-energizing activities are prepared like poster making contest, quiz bee competition, story-telling, solidarity night and team building activities among others.

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.


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