MBHTE organizes First BARMM Education Summit

The Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) organized a two-day BARMM Education Summit in Davao City where hundreds of education stakeholders from the regional and local governments, key stakeholders, and national and international partners joined together to advance education priorities in BARMM. 
The summit, with the theme “Envisioning the learners’ success for the emerging learning future”, is the robust engagement needed to address the gaps and learning loss due to the challenges, issues, and concerns in the education sector punctuated by the ongoing pandemic. 

The summit highlighted the outcomes of a series of bottom-up consultations with education stakeholders, including the expanded local school boards in the 11 schools divisions in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. 

In his State of Education Address, Minister Mohagher Iqbal believed that there is much progress to report due to the determination and tenacity exemplified by the MBHTE personnel. 

The Minister’s address centered on four areas: access and participation; inclusion and equity; quality and relevance; and governance. 

Emphasizing the importance of quality education to a nation, Iqbal said, “I cite education as one of the drivers for long-term economic growth and sustainable development and how it contributes to peace, social stability, and improving the quality of life.”
In her message read by Minister Iqbal, Vice President and Department of Education Sara Duterte said “Let us work together to reshape the future of BARMM by strengthening our education system filling the learning gaps caused by the pandemic and instituting a culture of peace curriculum to ensure a successful post-conflict reconstruction.”

Strongly believing in the power of quality education and how it can improve lives, Iqbal hopes learners in the Bangsamoro enhance the learning environment for themselves and those around them. 

“I hope they [children] will become empowered individuals and have the capacity to be the next generation of innovators, leaders, and problem-solvers,” said Iqbal. 

"These are my aspirations. However, they will remain as such if we do not develop the systems to make them a reality,” Iqbal concluded.