CEAP exploratory meeting with DepEd ARMM


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The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), along with representatives from the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), met for a pivotal discourse with DepEd ARMM last July 10, 2017 at the Manila Marriot Hotel, Pasay City.

Fr. Joel E. Tabora, S.J., CEAP President, introduced the objectives of the assembly by presenting the following questions:
1. How can CEAP schools help ARMM today?
2. How can CEAP contribute to the upgrading of our teachers in the ARMM?
3. Would it be possible to explore the establishment of private-public partnership in the creation of a normal college for the ARMM?
4. Can the assembly somehow help in the training of Muslims on the religious level, where Muslims would respect the constitutional provision on freedom of religion?

Some of the discussions include:
  • Currently, DepEd ARMM has 30,000 teachers, 9 school divisions (Marawi, Lamitan, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Maguindanao 1&2, Lanao del Sur 1&2) and 2,000 schools.
  • Training remain effective only for the short term. BEAM-ARMM (Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao) trained 13,000 teachers but a follow up on impact analysis for the learners is needed.
  • Children are the most potential recruits for radicalization. This is the case for post-conflict areas, and this is the case for Marawi.
  • The traditional Madrasa do not have a unified curriculum and are dictated only by individual administrators who vary in discipline and culture. The ARMM has been exploring how to regulate this traditional program and advance for a unified curriculum.

The assembly agreed that they are facing a complex problem and one cannot simply claim knowledge on the solution. They must identify the points concretely, find the baseline information and include the responsiveness of previous mechanisms in place. They should consider an intervention that is not generic, for re-using previous attempts may end in vain.

Overall, the suggestions centered on:
  • Possibilities of assisting the development of teachers and administrators via training and exposure.
  • Technical implications of such a venture and defining "quality" educators
  • Looking to the TNA's (Training Needs Analysis) of ARMM to identify specifics such as:
  • Is this about developing skills technically?
  • Or training within the context of the K-12?
  • Will the training focus on how to integrate values?
  • If so, will this be any different for the Madrasa?

A subsequent meeting is set for the members of the assembly on August 4, 2017.

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