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The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is located in the Mindanao island group of Philippines. It is composed of five predominantly Muslim provinces with a population of 3.2 million.

The ARMM region has the lowest education performance in both elementary and secondary levels. This is evident due to poor performance in Basic Education Indicator such as low participation rates, low preparedness for school, high drop-out rates and high illiteracy rates. As such with the aim of improving the quality of basic education in the region, BRAC introduced its school model in Philippines. This is a major strategy to upgrade the delivery of basic education among remote and disadvantaged communities.

BRAC established its office in the ARMM region to implement the alternative delivery model (ADM) project, a component of Australian government-funded, Basic Education Assistance in Muslim Mindanao (BEAM) programme. The ADM project aims to improve access to and quality of kindergarten and elementary education in the region particularly in areas with no government schools or ones with poor access to education. The kindergarten is for 5-6 years old children and the elementary is for 6-9 years old children who never enrolled in or dropped out from schools.

BRAC follows the Philippines’ government’s curriculum which covers kindergarten and 12 years of basic education. The content of the curriculum and instructional materials are contextualized in accordance with the socio-cultural background of the ARMM children. The teachers are selected from the local community where more than 50 per cent of them are college graduates.

A group of 15 local partner NGOs manage a cluster of BRAC schools in remote villages, small islands and coastal communities where there are no government schools. Children with special needs (CSN) receive support from their schools. Project organizers and Learning facilitators are trained to understand CSN, the techniques and procedures for supporting CSN to facilitate joyful learning and apply crisis response guidelines appropriate for them.

Current projects

Duration

Donor/partners

Goal

2,000 BRAC Learning Centers in ARMM, Philippines

February 2012 to June 2017

Australian Government

To improve access to and quality of pre-school and elementary education particularly in communities without or those that have difficulty in accessing government schools

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