In photo- Minister Mohagher Iqbal of MBHTE poses with some pupils who were provided school supplies during the conduct of Brigada Eskwela

BARMM Ministry of Education conducts Brigada Eskwela 2019

COTABATO CITY – The Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Brigada Eskwela program kicked-off on Tuesday, May 21 at Simuay Junction Elementary School in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao simultaneous with other BARMM areas to ensure cleanliness of every school in the region before the June 3 nationwide opening of school classes. 

This year's Brigada Eskwela has the theme "Matatag na Bayan para sa Maunlad na Paaralan.”

MBHTE Minister Mohagher Iqbal said: "To provide quality education is not only that we are mandated by law to do so like in the BOL, but because it is our religious duty to educate our Children.” 

“In fact, the first revelation was 'Iqra', Allah through Archangel Jibril (A.S.) commanded Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to: 'Read in the name of thy Lord who created; [He] created the human being from blood clot. Read in the name of thy Lord who taught by the pen: [He] taught the human being what he did not know.' (Qur'an 96:1-5)," Iqbal said.

Iqbal said that Education is a top priority not only in the Bangsamoro Organic Law. “We are trying are very best to come up with the best education for the BARMM but this is a long and hard journey so bear with us all," Iqbal pointed out.

BARMM Interim Chief Minister Al Hajj Ahod “Murad” Ebrahim said in a statement delivered on his behalf by Deputy Executive Secretary Abdullah “Dong” Cusain said: "What is the lesson we could get from this activity? Brigada Eskwela teaches us to be helpful and benevolent with others. It is usual to us, Filipinos and Bangsamoro, that we freely partake on a task without expecting something in return. We call it the “bayanihan” spirit, or kadtabanga in the vernacular."

The Chief Minister said Brigada Eskwela 2019 what made it so special today is being conducted during this Holy Month of Ramadhan. “We know that there is more blessings and rewards from the Almighty Allah if we extend help for other people and offer free services to the needy ones, especially during this month of Ramadhan,” Ebrahim said. 

Ebrahim has encouraged everyone, especially the teachers and parents who play a very important role in molding the children’s future, to inculcate within them the importance of having manners, morals, and character.

“Let us always remember that “tarbiyyah” (nurturing) towards Islamic etiquette is significant in teaching our children. We must keep striving to impart the values on a regular basis; and conducting Brigada Eskwela is one of these activities that models good values and character,” he said.

The BARMM ministry of education have distributed school supplies for Students, medical kit, paints, and other materials needed in Brigada Eskwela with the help of Sultan Kudarat LGU, parents, teachers, community and non-government organizations.