Tuesday, March 26, 2013

BEAM-ARMM ADM opens door for a child with special needs

COTABATO CITY – True to its mission of empowering people to realize their potentials to the fullest, BRAC Philippines through local partner, Kapagawida Development Services Association, Inc. (KDSAI), provides wheelchair to a Grade 1 learner who has a congenital mobility impairment on 17 March, this year, in Buluan town.

Seven-year old Alibay M. Katua of BRAC Learning Center in Barangay Upper Silling, Buluan, province of Maguindanao, was born with no legs but the impairment did not hinder her to attend class every day.

Despite the disability, Alibay did not lose hope that one day, like any able children, she too will be in school. Her parents, Akmad and Kapisa, are already thankful that her daughter able to receive free education through the BRAC Learning Center.

“The provision of wheelchair to our daughter is a big bonus. This is too much. Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude,” Kapisa Katua said with teary eyes.

Rehana Angeles, Alibay’s learning facilitator said, “The activity gave a sense of hope not only to Alibay’s family but to all parents. BRAC is really genuine in creating a discrimination-free environment.”

The turn-over ceremony was attended by Department of Education-Maguindao Division 1 Coordinator for BRAC, Sammy M. Modales; BRAC Philippines Provincial Manager for Maguindanao, Md. Abdullah-Al-Mahtab Khan; Barangay Upper Silling Chairman, Jayson M. Lantong and KDSAI Executive Director Nomairie Mustapha.

The establishment of Upper Silling BRAC Learning Center is part of Alternative Delivery Model Project under the Basic Education Assistance in Muslim Mindanao (BEAM-ARMM) Program funded by Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

"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)"