BARMM Ministry of Education develops Education Plan

COTABATO CITY – The Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) held a Technical Workshop on Bangsamoro Education Reform, and Development Plan for 2020-2035 for six consecutive days from June 22-27, 2019 at Pagana Kutawato, Cotabato City.

“Today we begin tracing the steps that will lead us to the reforms we aspire for the education in the Bangsamoro. This is the time when we convert ideas and concepts to actual steps,” said Minister Mohagher Iqbal of MBHTE.

Iqbal said planning is synonymous to preparation. “In my many years in Negotiations- there is but one rule- and that is to “prepare…prepare…prepare”. Planning, as in preparations, will make us succeed, In shaa Allah,” said Iqbal.

“Education is one of the top priorities, in fact the top priority, of the BARMM government. We can tell you with resolve that while we are coming from almost five decades of fighting for our rights as Bangsamoro, the right to education of our children has always been at the forefront of our aspirations,” he said. 

Iqbal stressed that this right is inscribed in the Bangsamoro Organic Law including all rights of children relevant for them to survive, develop, be protected and meaningfully participate in all affairs and decisions affecting them.

The Bangsamoro Organic Law mandates the Bangsamoro Government to establish, maintain, and support a complete and integrated system of quality education, which shall be a sub-system of the national education system.

“The education system that we will deliver in the Bangsamoro is and will be consistent to the national standards. But we will also move towards instituting a complete and integrated system that will develop among our learners’ moral standards, competencies and skills that are consistent with our context, culture and aspirations,” Iqbal said. 

Iqbal told the participants that on the part of the Bangsamoro Government, they will do their best to make sure that the law is translated into policies, and programs that will have direct benefit for all, especially the children, in the Bangsamoro. 

The workshop was attended by members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority education committee, staff from the Ministry of Basic Education, Higher Education, and Technical Education, Madaris/Tarbiyah, BARMM-Ministry of Science and Technology, staff from TAF and Pathways.

The program was made possible through the support of UNICEF Philippines, UNESCO, and the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), from the People of Japan  and documented by the Bangsamoro Multimedia Network (BMN).