BY ASANGAN T. MADALE
Minister Mohagher Iqbal of MBHTE lead the launching of the Bangsamoro Education Reform and Development Plan 2035 (BERDP) to provide best learning among the children within the region that kick-off last December 5 held at Davao city in a simple ceremony here.
Minister Mohager Iqbal of the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education told reporters that BERDP 2035 serves as the leading document in formulating education plans and policies in the Bangsamoro region until 2035.
It is anchored on the seven principles of inclusivity, equity, rights-based, rooted in context, integrated, balance and moral governance, adding the launching of the plan was one of the highlights of first ever MBHTEs education summit. Education Summit Focal Alfadhar Pajiji underscored during the launching that the policy document is part of the quest to further improve the education system in the region, “the BERDP is developed due to MBHTEs, vision of ensuring responsive, quality, integrated, and balanced education for the Bangsamoro Pajiji. As provided in the polcy briefer, BERDP has four overarching policy goals-access and participation, quality and relevance , governance ,and equity.
He explain that these overarching policy goals will ensure inclusive and equitable access, participation, quality, relevant, and responsive education for all learners . It will ensure ethical governance at all levels of education for all learners. Further, it will and systematic and gradual institutionalization of Madaris educational system in Bangsamoro region.
As a backgrounder; Pajiji disclosed that BERDP all started in 2019 with the support of United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He noted that BERDP is also parallel to the Basic Education Development Plan (BEDP) 2030 of the Department of Education in which both plans aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number four on quality education established by the United Nation in September 2015.
UNICEP Country Representative in the Philippines Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov in her message expressed their continued support for the region. “we are one with the Bangsamoro Government in welcoming all children back to school-including those with disabilities, the internally displaced, and the members of indigenous communities” Oyun said, adding that “every day in the classroom is a chance to build a stronger, more efficient, and unclusive educational system towards realizing the rights of every child”