BRUNEI DARUSSALAM — The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is benchmarking the experiences and best practices of ASEAN-member countries in developing its educational system.
Speaking before the delegates of the 35th ASEAN Council of Teachers +1 Convention held here on 28 September 2019, BARMM Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal said BARMM looks up to its neighboring countries, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, and Malaysia, for inspiration and expertise in education.
It can be recalled that Iqbal sent his team to Indonesia in June 2019 with support from Australia through the Pathways Program.
The team looked into Indonesia’s educational system, which provides integrated education services to all of its people regardless of background.
“We learned a lot from that learning trip to Indonesia and we hope to gain more insights from our neighboring countries,” he said.
Like Indonesia, Iqbal said BARMM will also provide its constituents equal opportunities.
“The Bangsamoro Government shall develop an educational framework relevant and responsive to the needs, ideals, and aspirations of the Bangsamoro people,” he said.
He added education in the Bangsamoro shall be accessible to all – Moro, Christian, and IP.
“We’ve seen this educational system worked in Indonesia,” Iqbal said.
Iqbal shared that the Ministry of Basic Higher and Technical Education is tasked to draft and submit the Bangsamoro Education Code to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority.
The code shall govern the education system in the Bangsamoro and set the strategic direction for the implementation of a balanced educational structure and standard in the Bangsamoro.
He closed his keynote speech by thanking the government and people of Brunei Darussalam for their continued support to the peace process by sending a contingent to the International Monitoring Team.
He also appealed for more investments in the BARMM.
“This will help your brothers and sisters come to their knees after almost 50 years of struggle for self-determination,” said Iqbal. (Regional Information Office – Ministry of Basic Education, BARMM)