Institutions supporting Madrasah education undergo study tour in Indonesia

Representatives from three institutions supporting the Madrasah education for the Bangsamoro underwent a study tour in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 13-17, 2016 which aims to improve the Madrasah education system in the country.

The delegations came from the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), Tarbiyyah Committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Department of Education – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) which organized the undertaking.

The study tour was supported by DFAT Australia and in collaboration with the Jakarta-based Al Azhar Islamic Foundation.

Delegates were exposed to the education system of Indonesia having public/private Madrasah education system that is managed and supported by the Indonesian communities.

The MILF Tarbiyyah Committee supports the Madrasah education in the Bangsamoro communities. DepEd-ARMM through the Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao (BEAM) ARMM supports the improvement of Madrasah in the ARMM areas. 

BDA implements Tahderiyyah Program which aims to provide balanced education for the young learners. The program assists in the improvement of learning facilities and provides capacity-enhancement training for the Tahderiyyah teachers. 

Madrasah education systems in the country is being implemented by private Madaris (plural for Madrasah). The classes are offered either Monday to Friday or on weekends.

As a response to the government’s commitment under the 1996 peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front, the DepEd has been implementing the Arabic Literacy and Values Education (ALIVE). 

The DepEd has deployed ALIVE teachers in public elementary and secondary schools where there are Muslim pupils/students. (Info sources: BDA)