Australian Ambassador Robinson and BARMM Education Minister Iqbal lead Brigada Eskwela in Datu Odin Sensuat Town

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao— Australian Ambassador Steven Robinson and BARMM Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal on Friday (May 31, 2019) led a “Brigada Eskwela” activity in the campus of the Kurintem Elementary School in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

In his message, Robinson reiterated Australia’s willingness to continue helping promote quality education in BARMM provinces.

He told reporters education is one good solution to underdevelopment.

“It is the key to peace and prosperity,” Robinson said.

Robinson said he is glad seeing the MILF and the government work together now for peace and development through governance.

Meanwhile, Hadji Ahod Ebrahim aka Al Haj Murad, Chief Minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), expressed his gratitude on Saturday (June 1, 2019) to the Australian government and other foreign institutions, and governments for complementing education programs benefiting the residents of the new Bangsamoro Region.

Ebrahim said besides Australia and the United States Agency for International Development, they are also grateful to other foreign peace and development-oriented institutions helping the education ministry of BARMM.

The Brigada Eskwela activity capped off with the distribution of paints for chairs and classrooms, school supplies that include school bag for elementary pupils in Barangay Kurintem.

Iqbal said BARMM is thankful to foreign benefactors supporting its activities meant to hasten the southern peace process covering areas made impoverished by decades of strife, a Philstar report quoting him saying.

BARMM replaced the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in February after a successful conduct of plebiscite in the core areas, Cotabato City, and 63 villages in North Cotabato. (Source: Philstar, June 01, 2019 with reports from Muhammad Musa)