DAVAO CITY—To provide the best learning journey for the Bangsamoro learners, the Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE) launched here Monday, Dec. 5, the Bangsamoro Education Reform and Development Plan (BERDP) 2035.
BERDP 2035 serves as the leading document in formulating education plans and policies in the Bangsamoro region until 2035. It is anchored on the seven principles of inclusivity, equity, rights-based, rooted in context, integrated, balanced, and moral governance.
The launching of the education plan was one of the highlights of MBHTE’s first ever education summit held Monday.
Education Summit Focal Alfadhar Pajiji underscored during the launching that the policy document is part of the quest to further improve the education system in the region.
“The BERDP is developed due to MBHTE’s vision of ensuring responsive, quality, integrated, and balanced education for the Bangsamoro,” said Pajiji.
As provided in the policy briefer, BERDP has four overarching policy goals—access and participation, quality and relevance, governance, and equity.
These overarching policy goals will ensure inclusive and equitable access, participation, quality, relevant, and responsive education for all learners. Further, it will ensure ethical governance at all levels of education and systematic and gradual institutionalization of Madaris educational system in Bangsamoro region.
As a backgrounder, Pajiji disclosed that BERDP all started in 2019 with the support of United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Pajiji noted that BERDP is also parallel to the Basic Education Development Plan (BEDP) 2030 of the Department of Education in which both plans aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number four on quality education established by the United Nations in September 2015.
In her message of support, UNICEF Country Representative in the Philippines Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov expressed their continued support for the region.
“We are one with the Bangsamoro Government in welcoming all children back to school – including those with disabilities, the internally displaced, and the members of indigenous communities,” Oyun said.
Oyun stressed that “every day in the classroom is a chance to build a stronger, more efficient, and inclusive educational system towards realizing the rights of every child”. (Abdullah Matucan/BIO)