30,000 children in ARMM to benefit alternative education this school year
Cotabato City – Over 30,000 children in remote and poor communities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be receiving formal education this school year, many for the first time, through learning centers established by BRAC Philippines, which handles the Alternative Delivery Model (ADM) component of the Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao (BEAM)-ARMM program.
BEAM is a program of the Department of Education in ARMM in partnership with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) being implemented by BRAC Philippines, GIZ and UNICEF. It aims to enable children and youths in the ARMM reach their full potential with the help of quality formal education.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman welcomes the opening of additional BRAC learning centers, which he said augments ongoing efforts of the regional government to improve the literacy and competence of children especially in remote areas.
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 that cater to preschool, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students in the ARMM provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan and Sulu. Majority of these centers are located in communities without government school and where a great number of 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 enrolment and completion rates among schools in ARMM.
The learning centers employ innovative teaching methods and are directly run by sixteen local non-government organizations who serve implementing partners of BRAC Philippines.
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.