Since 2012, BRAC Philippines has established 2,108 learning centers including 7 floating schools, and reached over 60,000 children. So far, a total of 1,301 BRAC learners completed their elementary education.
Bangsamoro Education Minister Mohaqher Iqbal, along with ambassadors of Australia and Bangladesh attended a graduation ceremony of 81 learners in Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on Tuesday, April 2. 30 students out of 81 were from BRAC learning centers established in the Philippines.
Mr. Iqbal vowed to continue reforming the education sector in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and also noted that they aspire to produce graduates with high morale upbringing. The BARMM comprises the provinces of Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao del Sur and Basilan; the cities of Lamitan, Marawi, and Cotabato; and 63 villages in North Cotabato province.
Norsida Akil, 14, one of the graduates, shared how glad she is to finally complete her elementary education, and she shared that without BRAC she may not have experienced schooling.
BRAC Philippines has been tapped by the Australian government to implement Alternative Delivery Model (ADM), a component of the BEAM, to provide children in the remote areas access to education especially where public education system is inaccessible.