Basilan kids now hold classes ‘rain or shine’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 June 2014 12:14

Elementary pupils in the town proper of Lantawan, Basilan can now hold their classes “rain or shine” without disruptions.

Residents of Barangay Lantawan Proper, comprised of mixed Muslim and Christian settlers, recently rehabilitated a two-classroom building in their abode with the help of the World Bank through the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Social Fund Project.

The ASFP is the conduit of World Bank for its projects in the autonomous region, which groups together Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, both in mainland Mindanao, and the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

ARMM’s education secretary, Jamar Kulayan, said he is grateful to the ASFP for having facilitated the rehabilitation of a two-classroom building in Barangay Lantawan Proper. The ASFP is under the ministerial supervision of ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman. The World Bank has rated “satisfactory” for eight consecutive times in recent years the ASFP’s implementation of its projects in the autonomous region.

The rehabilitation of the school building was done by villagers themselves. Barangay officials and parents of school children have had “hands on” involvement in the project, particularly in construction tasks.

“The rehabilitation of the school building was done by us. We did not hesitate to participate in the project because it is our own children that will benefit from it,” Camila, a mother of two, said in the Chavacano dialect.

Lantawan is one of the 11 towns in Basilan, where the ARMM’s department of education has various projects meant to hasten its services, and upgrade the capacity of teachers to effectively carry out the agency’s literacy thrusts in the countryside.

Barangay folks in Lantawan Proper planned the school rehabilitation by themselves, with the help of the ASFP.

“We learned a lot from our involvement in the project in terms of getting our acts together to succeed in our community development efforts,” said a farmer, Kasim, 40, whose children also study in the same school.