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COTABATO CITY — The Bangsamoro Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education through its Schools Divisions of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi organized October 23-26 simultaneous multigrade orientations for AKAP Learning Facilitators (LFs).
One of the 15 primary ministries of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the MBHTE is headed by Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal.
It was aimed at equipping LFs with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively handle multigrade classes in their respective regions.
This initiative was spearheaded by BRAC Philippines, PATHWAYS together with the ACCESS Regional and Division Technical Working Groups (TWGs) as the training marked a significant step forward in providing quality education to students in remote areas.
These joint efforts maximized the reach and impact of the training, ensuring that LFs from both divisions received the necessary tools for success. The training sessions were tailored to the unique context of AKAP Learning Centers with a focus on curriculum content and competencies for the current and upcoming quarters.
Participants in the training program included dedicated LFs from various schools in Tawi-Tawi and Sulu, eager to enhance their skills and provide better educational opportunities for their students.
The orientations facilitated an engaging learning experience, covering essential topics such as multigrade teaching techniques, effective classroom management, and innovative instructional strategies.
Deemed as successful, these simultaneous multigrade orientations served as testament to the positive impact that collaboration and professional development can be observed on education.
The Bangsamoro region, established in 2018 by the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to implement the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), is made up of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao del Sur, Maguindanao del Norte, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, as well as the Special Geographic Area’s (SGA) 63 barangays or villages that voted “Yes” in a plebiscite in February 2019 to be under the BARMM jurisdiction.
According to the Philippine Atlas BARMM has 4,404,288 people. It has 116 municipalities: Basilan, 11 municipalities; Lanao del Sur, 39; undivided Maguindanao, 36; Sulu, 19; and Tawi-Tawi, 11. Its component cities are Cotabato (the regional center and capital) in Maguindanao; Lamitan in Basilan; and Marawi in Lanao del Sur. (✓)