1,220 BRAC Learning Centers operate in ARMM for 2014-2015 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 11:23

Heading towards its third year, BRAC Philippines in partnership with the Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) and Australian Government opened the operation of 1,220 BRAC Learning Centers (BLCs) for the school year 2014-2015 starting yesterday.

Operating through the remotest areas of ARMM, BRAC Philippines through the Alternative Delivery Model (ADM) Project of Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao (BEAM) Program provides alternative quality education to more or less 40,000 out of school children from the disadvantaged communities of the region.

A total of 488 kindergartens, 203 Grade 1, 411 Grade 2 and 118 Grade 3 BLCs will operate in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao Del Sur, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu and Basilan.

In Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Tawi-Tawi provinces, there are now 312, 619 and 118 BRAC Learning Centers, respectively. While island provinces of Sulu and Basilan has 108 and 78 BRAC Learning Centers.

BRAC Philippines established BLCs in remote and deprived villages of ARMM where access to primary education is difficult for many children like absence of schools, conflict and unstable condition, inadequate transportation facilities and low family income.

Along with the free education and the free learning materials, all learners of 1,220 BLCs are provided with essential hygienic materials such toothbrush with polypaste fluoride and soap for hand washing as part of their daily school activities.

The project trailing the value of inclusiveness aims to cover more school-less barangays in the most underprivileged communities in the hope to lessen the illiteracy rate not only in ARMM but other areas of the country.