Australian support to Muslim education in Philippines, a model of success in Asean

Jun. 08, 2007

COTABATO CITY — Officials from the Thailand Ministry of Education and Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA) recently visited Davao to learn about the education approaches being undertaken by the Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao (BEAM) Project in aid of the Philippine Muslim Education.

BEAM is a partnership of the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) and the Australian Government through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

The group, accompanied by officials from AusAID Bangkok and Jakarta, met with DepEd national and regional officials and BEAM staff working on Muslim Education.

The three-day Muslim Education Exchange Program (MEEP) allowed Thai, Indonesian and Philippine Muslim Education Officials to share experience and build on the best practice from the three countries.

MEEP is geared toward establishing linkages among different stakeholders and showcasing the international development by the BEAM Expanded Support for Muslim Education (ESME) team for possible consideration for use in the Thailand Indonesian education system

Noor Mohammad Saada, BEAM Muslim Education Coordinator and the BEAM-ESME is not just about providing training more importantly, it is about building bridges of dialogue , providing the Asatidz (Muslim Teachers) and the pilot madaris the space and the opportunity to articulate their aspirations.

More than just an affirmative action, ESME is a peace building strategy that will have long term peace and development in Mindanao.

BEAM assists madaris (or Muslim Schools) obtain DepEd recognition and provide trainings for madrasah administrators in school management, improve teaching competencies of teachers, limited facility upgrade and materials development.

Support extends to strengthening the Bureau of Madaris Education in DepEd-ARMM to take on a more proactive and sustainable leadership role within its jurisdiction.

The project also supports program focused on assisting DepEd introduced Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) subjects into the curriculum of public schools located within Muslim Communities. (BEAM-MCD/ PIA 12)

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