Tuesday, June 11, 2013

30,000 children to benefit alternative education this school year

Over 30,000 children in remote and poor communities of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be receiving their formal education in School Year 2013-2014 – many for the first time - through learning centers built through the Alternative Delivery Model (ADM) component of Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao (BEAM) program.

BEAM is a program of the Department of Education in ARMM in partnership with the Australian Agency for International Development and implemented by BRAC Philippines, GIZ and UNICEF. It aims to enable the children and youth of Muslim Mindanao to develop and reach their full potential.

BEAM delivers accessible and healthy learning facilities, quality teachers, quality learning materials, and a protective environment for children in need and out of school youth, through efficient, transparent and accountable management systems.

Through BRAC Philippines, BEAM has established 1,000 Learning Centers in the ARMM provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan and Sulu. These learning centers are now benefiting preschool, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students.

Sixteen (16) local non-government organisations directly operate the learning centers as partners of BRAC Philippines.

The establishment of BRAC Learning Centers in poor communities of ARMM is the main feature of BEAM’s Alternative Delivery Model (ADM) Project. The majority of these centres is located in barangays where there is no government school and where many children are unable to receive formal education due to low income, conflict and unstable condition and inadequate transportation facilities. Overall, the project envisions to help improve enrollment and completion rates among schools in ARMM.

The BRAC Education Model employed in the ADM Project follows the curriculum of the K-12 Program of the Department of Education. Instructional materials including those in the mother-tongue have been developed and are being used in the centers. #

"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)"