Photo by Marhom Ibrahim
SPECIAL GEOGRAPHIC AREA—After the successful kick-off activity in Cotabato City on Nov. 9, education stakeholders and other members of the academe in this area gathered Wednesday, Nov. 16, as Bangsamoro Government’s pre-education pre-summit continues.
Led by the Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE), the event was designed to ensure that education stakeholders in the area, especially the local school boards, can meaningfully contribute to the upcoming regional education summit slated on Dec. 5-6 in Davao City.
Acting Curriculum Implementation Division Chief Abdulsamad Maisalat underscored in his talk that “education stakeholders must know their roles” in pursuit of providing quality education for the Bangsamoro learners.
“Lahat tayo ay may kanya-kanyang role sa edukasyon ng Bangsamoro learners at bawat isa ay kailangan natin itong maintindihan,” he said.
SGA is composed of 63 former areas or barangays carved out of Cotabato Province and became the official territory of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) after a successful plebiscite in 2019. Initially, 67 barangays asked for inclusion in the new autonomous government upon the ratification of Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) but only 63 barangays made it to the final list which clustered into eight and later known as SGA.
In an update shared by SGA School Division Superintendent Dr. Edgar Sumapal, learners in SGA have sustained their Grade Point Average (GPA) for the last three years.
Accordingly, the elementary learners maintained their GPA at an average of 83.48 from 2019 to July 2022 while the high school learners recorded an increment from 81.42 in 2019 to 82.30 in 2022.
“Matalino ang ating mga learners despite the pandemic, na sustained at nagkaroon pa ng increment sa high school,” Sumapal explained.
Sumapal lauded everyone at the event and encouraged them to sustain their efforts in achieving their vision for the Bangsamoro learners.
“Karapatan ng kabataang Bangsamoro na maibigay sa kanila ang kanilang pangangailangan pang-edukasyon sa abot ng ating makakaya,” Sumapal said.
The pre-summit which kicked off in Cotabato School Division last week will hold the same on the following dates: Nov. 18 –Marawi City, Nov. 19 – Lanao del Sur, Nov. 22 – Tawi-Tawi, Nov. 24 – Lamitan City, Nov. 25 – Basilan, Nov. 28 – Sulu, and Nov. 30 – Maguindanao provinces.
The activity was made possible with the leadership of MBHTE’s SGA School Division in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Pathways to Peace. (Abdullah Matucan/BIO)