Davao City (15 October 2014) – Twenty mayors in different municipalities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are proposing the conduct of a summit to help improve the quality and professionalize education system in the region.
The mayors made the proposal in a meeting on Tuesday with ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman and DepEd-ARMM Secretary Jamar Kulayan, which was facilitated by Synergeia, “a coalition of individuals, institutions, and organizations working to improve the quality of basic education.”
The summit is expected to bring together officials in the region’s Department of Education (DepEd) and local government units and members of civil society groups to highlight innovations and best practices and address the role every stakeholder in the field of education.
Synergeia foundation, acting as third party between the ARMM government and Local Government Units, has helped build the capacity of LGUs in expanding the role of the local school board and empowering all stakeholders to improve basic education in the country through good governance.
In the ARMM, the foundation has facilitated regular meetings between ARMM’s regional government and different LGUs to strengthen and improved communication and relationship between the two parties to pave the way for progressive changes in the region’s education sector.
The working government of ARMM wants to increase the role of local government units in improving the quality of education and the performance of students in the region following some of the best practices set by Sarangani province, which has consistently shown impressive performance in the National Achievement Test (NAT).
On Monday, Hataman led a delegation of government officials from Basilan province and DepEd-ARMM in an educational visit to the town of Malungon in Sarangani as part of ARMM’s plan to replicate the province’s best practices on education.
Hataman said they see education as a long term solution to the illiteracy and poverty problem besetting the region. “We will not stop banking on the education of the youth in the region.”
“The education summit will help improve the educational system services of the region,” he said.