“The First BARMM Education Summit is aimed at strengthening education collaboration and partnerships among different governance mechanisms in BARMM.”
— MBHTE Regional Memorandum No. 1220
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(SDN) — Education everywhere is facing challenges because of the global health crisis since December 2019 that rocked put the workd on a spin.
The education-related problems are present including in the Philippines, and in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
Some of these problems cover lack of classrooms/school buildings, armed conflict, as well as parents prioritizing livelihood over the education of their children.
The Bangsamoro Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) headed by Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal (IQ), apparently, won’t be able to solve overnight these perennial problems in the education.
On the other hand, the MBHTE, one of the 15 primary ministries of the Bangsamoro government has also ready been putting in place reforms to improve the quality of education of BARMM learners.
In 2019, Iqbal admitted that the Bangsamoro education sector is facing numerous difficulties as well as resource gaps, per Bangsamoro.gov.ph.
He laid emphasis on the need to put education at the top of priorities of the Bangsamoro government aimed at establishing, maintaning, and supporting a complete and integrated system of quality education and and as a sub-system of the national education system.
“Let me emphasize that I do not intend to make radical or abrupt changes in the Education Ministry for the sake of doing something. The change we promised will happen, but it would be strategic and based on due diligence,” the MBHTE head, who wears many hats in the Mindanao peace process that forged the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
Apparently to this end, the MBHTE will be conducting the First BARMM Education Summit on December 5-6 in Davao City.
To implement the Summit, Iqbal issued MBHTE Regional Memorandum No. 1220, Series of 2022, on October 24, announcing the holding of the event.
“As part of its effort to achieve accessible, equitable, and inclusive education for all Bangsamoro learners, the (MBHTE) is committed to delivering the best education services and reforms that are relevant and responsive to the needs, ideals, and aspirations of the Bangsamoro people.
MBHTE holding pre-Summit activities
“The challenges, issues, and concerns in the education sector punctuated by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic require robust engagement with all relevant stakeholders to address the gaps and learning loss due to less contact time between teachers and learners from more than 2 years,” the education minister started off his memo.
At the same time, he offered credit to the region’s various sectors for their help in this year’s opening of classes — the efforts of the inter-ministry, the local government units (LGUs), and the whole-of-community.
“However, the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic are still looming which exacerbates the already challenging education situation not just in BARMM but globally as well,” the memo continued.
The Summit hopes, among others, to understand more the situation and needs of the integrated and unified educational system; come up with the shared vision of the Bangsamoro learner; agree on co-created policies and programs within the local school board and other mechanisms; and agree on medium- and long-term policy and program directions for education.
MBHTE officials such as Deputy Minister Haron Meling, Director General Abdullah P. Salik, Jr., Directo General Tahir G. Nalg, Director General Marjuni M. Maddi, Director General Ruby A. Andong, and Education Summit Head of Secretariat Alfhadar J. Pajiji are expected to play major roles in the Summit’s proceedings.
As this developed, to ensure the Summit’s success, the MBHTE has scheduled various preliminary activities, such as orientation with schools division superintendents and provincial directors, pre-summit workshops at the municipal level on November 7-16; and provincial/city level pre-Summit on November 7-30.
Iqbal’s memo said any inquiries or concerns can be clarified with Mobarak Pandi (phone number 0917.726.6629, or via email at, firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Rahma Chio may also be able to help via 0915.549.2151, or through email, email@example.com (✓)