Working together towards transition on education for Bangsamoro children

With the significant development in the peace process specifically the current progress of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) has recently joined partners from the Bangsamoro Transition Committee (BTC), BTC Commissioners, Bangsamoro Leadership Management Institute (BLMI), Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Committees like the Tarbiyyah Committee and the Social Welfare, and the Department of Education-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepED-ARMM) on April 2-5, 2018 at Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City for a Collaboration Meeting and Transition Planning.

The 3-day activity was aimed at identifying areas of cooperation between DepED-ARMM, BDA and the Tarbiyyah Committee in anticipation of possible transition and identify next steps for the pre-transition period.

During the activity, several topics were discussed such as the vision for education for Bangsamoro children, updates on the BBL and the salient points and timelines for the transition process and Bangsamoro’s vision of madrasah education.

Participants also worked together for sets of workshops such as pre-transition planning, listing, clarifying and categorizing FAQs on the BBL and the transition and those that impact on education and on group work on the current challenges faced in madrasah education and recommendations to address the challenges.

This Collaboration Meeting and Transition Planning between the key stakeholders on education in the Bangsamoro was funded by the DFAT Australia through the Pathways Program.

It was further informed that this activity is part of the government’s efforts to organize records and documentations that will help ensure smooth transition and handover of the agency and the DepED-ARMM is taking this task being the in the region to be replaced by the anticipated Bangsamoro government.

BDA being the development arm of the MILF has been tasked in pursuing development projects in the conflict affected areas in Mindanao including programs on education. The agency managed the implementation of the Tahderiyyah Tahderiyyah (Kindergarten) Curriculum in over 400 communities in collaboration with the DepED ARMM through the Bureau of Madaris Education and the Tarbiyyah Committee.

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