Wednesday, March 27, 2013

BME validates madaris in Basilan

The Bureau of Madaris Education personnel together with the BEAM-ARMM and Central Office travelled to Basilan on March 11 to 15, 3013, to validate Madaris that applied for financial assistance from Central Office and also as part of the validation process of BEAM-ARMM on the selected madaris to be assisted by the Project. The composite team inspected five (5) Madaris to assess if they qualified for the financial assistance and visited 9 pre-identified madaris in five (5) municipalities in Basilan for incoming "developmental madaris", accompanied by ALIVE and Madrasah Coordinators. 

Some members of the team still all smile despite having to talk on foot
to their waiting launch boat after visiting a community madrasah.
(Photo c/o Parida Panda)
The output of the validation will lead to the final selection of qualified Madaris to be assisted by the BEAM-ARMM and for the Central Office financial assistance. Orientation of the developmental Madrasah operators, assessment on the assistance needed and review the condition of each madrasah, re-sustainability of the madrasah in the process.

Wide information dissemination on the programs of the BME before the ground validation to these Madaris has help in the positive result of the inspection. Out of 5 madaris 4 qualified for pre-report on Occular Inspection and all 9 pre-identified Madaris for BEAM express their willingness to implement the Curriculum for Madrasah.

The Madaris that were visited are situated on different island in Basilan thus, the team had a hard time dealing with the scheduled since the high tide and low tide matters on the island. At one visit, the team was stranded for a night in one island with no electricity, potable water and no extra clothes. The team experienced walking on the middle of the sea on low tide just to go through the boat that will bring them to another island in the temperature so hot.

The attendance/involvement of the barangay officials and Madaris Coordinator greatly facilitated the activity. Their familiarity of the area abridged the time in visiting all the identified madaris in Basilan. Their presence also ensured the safety of the team.

Nonetheless, the team was happy despite the experiences. That is with in mind, that they are there to bring change to the lives of the children, for the children to have an access to education in which we all believe that will change their future for better if not for the best. (Parida Panda, BME)

"Moral Governance"

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

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

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

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


"Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE)"