LGU Gensan holds Tahderiyyah classroom competition to help improve MadarisLGU Gensan holds Tahderiyyah classroom competition to help improve Madaris

The local government unit of General Santos City held the Tahderiyyah (kindergarten) classroom competition to help improve the Madaris (plural for Madrasah) in the city.

The contest was facilitated by the City Mayor’s Office - Indigenous Cultural Communities Affairs Division (CMO-ICCAD), the unit which implements programs and projects for the IPs and Muslims.

Forty-four participating Madaris started improving their kindergarten classrooms starting on August which underwent preliminary and final judging.

In the awarding ceremony held at El Amor Garden on Thursday, top 5 winners were declared as follows: Madrasah Zayed al Mubarak Al-Islamie (1st place) in Brgy. Tambler; Ma’ahad Ibnu Katheer (2nd place) in Brgy. Buayan; Madrasah Addousarie Lil Ilmie Wal Iman (3rd place) in Brgy. Tinagacan; Markhadz Al-Ulom Uddirasatil Islamia (4th place) in Brgy. Ligaya; and Markhadz Manaabir Annor Al-Islamie (5th place) in Brgy. Tambler.

The first place winner received P35,000 cash, second place winner got P30,000 while the 3rd, 4th and 5th place winners received P25,000, P25,000 and P20,000 respectively.

Winners of the 6th to 16th places are Ma’ahad Meba Al-Islamie (6th place), Madrasah Khairul Ummah Al-Islamie (7th place), Ma’ahad Al-Molok, Al-Islamiyah (8th place), Madrasah Badtigan Al-Islamie (9th place), Madrasah Iman Al-Islamie (10th place), Madrasah Jadidah Al-Islamie (11th place), Ma’ahad Sugoda Buayan Al-Islamie ( 12th place), Ma’ahad Shar-ey Al-Islamie (14th place), Madrasah Al-Hidaya Al-Islamie (15th place) and Madrasah Pendaliday (16th place).

 “We are overwhelmed by the active participation of the Madrasah centers in this contest,” said Jocelyn Lambac-Kanda, head of CMO-ICCAD.

She bared, “Some classrooms have transformed from having blackboard and few chairs only into ones which you can compare with that of kinder classrooms of private schools with complete facilities, various learning materials, TV set, reading and playing corners, etc.”

“We can say there was a total make-over, we now have more presentable Madaris kinder classrooms in our city and those will surely entice our young learners to study,” Lambac-Kanda added.

The awarding rites was graced by Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera, City Councilor Jonathan Blando - Committee Chairman on Muslim Affairs,  the National Commisiion on Muslim Filipinos OIC Provincial Director, Aida Seddic, and Task Force Gensan Commander Col. Galileo Goyena with his subordinate Lt. Col. Hasbi Jamalul.

The city mayor expressed his appreciation to the activity and lauded the strong support of various Madaris stakeholders particularly the parents in developing the Madrasah education in the city.

He said the city government strongly supports the Madaris education and it will continuously implement programs responsive to the needs of the Muslim communities in the city.

Councilor Blando cited the important role of the parents in the education of their children that help molds the young generation into responsible and productive citizens of the city.

Col. Goyena gave his full commitment to outreach the Mjuslim communities of the city. 

Task Force Gensan has been collaborating with CMO-ICCAD and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency in peace advocacy activities as part of the drive in preventing violent extremism.

Also present were heads of partner organizations namely General Santos City Muslim Religious Advisory Council, Council of Imams of General Santos City, Madaris PTCA Federation, General Santos City Madaris Federation, Bangsamoro Communications Network Sugoda Buayan Information Chapter, Khairukom Islamic Center, and Sharia Atas Bitiara.

Al Khaldi Rent a Car and Raadz Place extended support in cash and in kind as Sadaqa (alm) to the winners.

CMO-ICCAD will hold similar competition for grades 1 and 2 next year.