The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will reach out to all interested parties to ensure inclusive consultations on the Bangsamoro Education Code.
Minister Mohagher Iqbal, BARMM education minister, said all sectors will have equitable representation during the consultations.
“We will reach out to parents, community leaders, local government units, women and youth organizations, religious groups, Indigenous Peoples (IP), education managers, and representatives from the private sector,” said Iqbal.
Iqbal said the education code consultations have reached out to at least 1,000 education stakeholders from across BARMM to date with the help of Australia through the Pathways Program and The Asia Foundation.
The education code is a legal system that consolidates the rights and obligations of the people, the state, and interested parties in developing accessible quality education in the Bangsamoro.
Iqbal said the code will govern both public and private educational institutions in the BARMM.
“We will be developing an educational framework that is relevant and responsive to the needs, ideals, and aspirations of all people in the Bangsamoro. This means that we need everyone on board in crafting the code,” he said.
Iqbal stressed that education in the Bangsamoro should be accessible to all children regardless of their religion, tribe, and culture.
He said BARMM will employ appropriate teaching and learning methods based on existing context as well as customary traditions such as those practiced by the IP communities.
Iqbal added BARMM will also integrate the teaching of Islamic and Arabic studies in the region’s educational system as prescribed by the Bangsamoro Organic Law.
"Together with the national government and our development partners, we will be investing heavily in the education of our children so that no child will be left behind in the Bangsamoro," said Iqbal. # (PAS-RCU/MBHTE)
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