Temporary learning spaces set up in Masepla site PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 February 2015 11:58

School-aged children who were affected by the 2013 siege and are residing at the Masepla transitory site in Mampang now have easy access to education, as two temporary learning spaces have been made operational in the area effective February 4.

Initiated by the UNICEF in coordination with other humanitarian partners and the Department of Education, the temporary learning spaces set up at the Masepla transitory site is one of the interventions of the education cluster to ensure that the siege-affected children will still get the necessary education, as mandated under the constitution.

With the putting up of the flagpole last February 4, the Philippine flag was first raised the same day, signaling the start of classes.

In addition to the two temporary learning spaces (TLS), two more will be constructed. The Plan International has committed to construct another 10 TLS in the coming weeks.

At the same time, the DEPED Division of City Schools has deployed Alternative Learning System (ALS) teachers to Mampang in order to start informal classes at the site.

The Education Cluster under the Rehabilitation Coordination Structure is exerting best efforts to make sure that children internally displaced persons (IDPs), particularly those school-aged, are able to avail of an uninterrupted education.

Meanwhile, the Inter-cluster coordinating committee (ICCC) is paving the way for the development of a 5-hectare transitory site at the 38-hectare area purchased by the government for permanent houses in Kasanyangan.

As this developed, the Department of Social welfare and Development has set schedules for the gradual transfer of the remaining families at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports complex or grandstand. However, IDP movement will be depending on the social preparation and physical preparation of transitory sites where they will be transferred.

At present there are a total of 9 transitory sites located in Tulungatung, Taluksangay, Rio Hondo, PTSI in Calarian, 2 in Mampang, Kasanyangan (Buggoc) and Paniran (Silsillah Dialogue Movement property) and at the grandstand and two evacuation centers— grandstand and the Zamboanga East Central School housing 3,582 families with 19,855 individuals. — Sheila Covarrubias