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ARMM-DepEd rolls out program to ensure children in Marawi to go back to school

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The Department of Education (DepEd) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has launched a program that aims to heighten interventions in areas affected by the Marawi conflict last year.

Dubbed Back-to-School and Stay-in-School (BTS/SIS), the program, which was unveiled Monday, July 9, “is an inter-organization initiative for conflict-affected learners to ensure that they will go back to school, or access learning through the provision of basic education services, skills training and peace building,” said Rasol Mitmug Jr., ARMM’s Education Secretary.

“This program is part of the ARMM government’s response for the conflict-affected population in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur,” he said.

He noted that there were 125,004 school children adversely affected by the Marawi siege when Maute-ISIS terrorists occupied the city for about five months until October last year.

BTS/SIS is set to run from June this year to March 2019 in 18 towns in Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte, including Marawi City.

DepEd-ARMM will partner with government agencies and 18 nongovernmental organizations to implement the program.