“Matuwid na Pamamahala Tungo sa ARMM na Masagana’t Mapayapa”

Saturday, August 18, 2012

DepEd-ARMM officials visited BRAC school system

Five (3) senior DepEd-ARMM officials were invited to Bangladesh to visit BRAC school system, the precursor of the AusAID-BRAC Alternative Delivery Model (ADM) schools now implemented in school-less barangays/sitios in the ARMM. Among the visiting officials were Atty Jamar Kulayan, DepEd-ARMM Regional Secretary; Ustadz Alzad Sattar, Undersecretary for Madrasah Education; Atty Maisara Dandamun-Latiph, Assistant Secretary for Programs; Director Aliah Cali of the Bureau of Madrasah Education; and Marjuni Maddi, Officer-in-charge of the Policy and Planning Division.

BRAC is considered the world's largest non-government organization. As of June 2008, it maintains 37,500 Primary Schools and 24,750 Pre-Primary schools have been established by BRAC enrolling nearly 3 million children, 65% of whom are girls. The schools have a drop-out rate of less than 5%. With these figures, BRAC is about five times larger that DepEd-ARMM in terms of student enrolment and 18 times larger in terms of number of elementary schools.
DepEd-ARMM and BRAC officials during the welcome program at the BRAC headquarters in Dhakka.
(Photo c/o Dir Aliah Cali, BME)
Sec Atty Jamar Kulayan cherished the meeting with BRAC founder and was impressed by the commitment of the BRAC workforce to their work. BRAC founder Fazle Hasan Abed is a Ramon Magsaysay Awardee, considered as Asia's Nobel Prize; the UNDP Mahbub Ul Haq Award and the inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) by the Queen of the United Kingdom in the 2010 New Year Honours for services in tackling poverty and empowering the poor in Bangladesh and globally.

Usec Sattar was all praised on the BRAC sturdiness to respond to educational challenges in a big way, one that is as far as a government entity. PPD Chief Jun Maddi was appreciated the key focus on monitoring, evaluation and research and how data are being used to define and refine programs.

Dir Aliah was impressed by classroom innovations that are largely child-centered and child-friendly and see their relevance and applicability in the pilot madaris in the ARMM. Asec Latiph was impressed by the BRAC commitment to financial transparency and accountability.

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"Matuwid na pamamahala tungo sa ARMM sa masagana't mapayapa"

English - "Good governance for a progressive and peaceful ARMM."

Sinama - "Hap pamarinta tudju ARMM na sambu maka salamat"

Bahasa Sug - "Dan mabuntul tudju pa ARMM masambu iban mahatul"

Meranaw - "Mathitu a kandatu sa ARMM ko katagompiya go kalilintad"