Bangsamoro education ministry welcomes support of development partners

THE REGION
March 14, 2019

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COTABATO City--The newly-installed Bangsamoro Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) welcomed the support of development partners to improving the delivery of education in the region.
    
Moro Islamic Liberation Front Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal convened a meeting with development partners here on March 7, 2019 – two weeks following his appointment as member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority and as MBHTE minister.
    
“Our development partners are vital to achieving our education reform agenda,” Iqbal said, stressing that education is the number one priority of the new Bangsamoro Government.
    
Citing the provisions of Bangsamoro Organic Law, Iqbal said the Bangsamoro Government will establish, maintain, and support a complete and integrated system of quality education, which shall be a subsystem of the national education system.
    
“The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) shall develop an educational framework relevant and responsive to the needs, ideals, and aspirations of the Bangsamoro people,” he said.
    
Iqbal added implementing BARMM’s education reforms could be overwhelming. But he said the support of development partners is reassuring.
    
Among the development partners present during the meeting were the Australian Government-funded Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao or Pathways Program; Save the Children Philippines; USAID’s Mindanao Youth for Development Program; Plan International Philippines; UNICEF Philippines; and Catholic Relief Services.
    
Also present during the meeting were representatives from Nonviolent Peaceforce; UN-Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs; Synergeia Foundation; Forum ZFD; Community and Family Services International; Islamic Relief Philippines; International Children’s Action Network; ACTED; Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP); IDEALS, Inc.; Maranao People Development Center, Inc.; and A Single Drop for Safe Water.
    
Pathways Program Curriculum, Learning, and Delivery Adviser Bonna Duron – Luder shared during the meeting that the Australian Government through the Pathways Program is ready to support the ministry in institutional strengthening, curriculum review and development, policy advocacy, and data management.
    
PBSP on the other hand will mobilize the private sector to support the ministry while UNICEF Philippines will provide technical assistance in education sector planning.
    
“We look forward to working closely with our development partners soon,” said Iqbal.

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