The Bangsamoro government kicked off Monday, December 5, its first-ever education summit at the SMX Convention Center at SM Lanang in Davao City.
The two-day summit led by the Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE) serves as a focused, intensive, and inclusive venue for consultations on continuing education and ground-up organizing for the education sector in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
The summit is the culmination of an earlier series of pre-education summits conducted in the provinces of Maguindanao del Sur and del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and the Special Geographic Area.
Bangsamoro government Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim, in a recorded message, expressed his desire for the education summit as a fundamental avenue for nation-building.
“The Education Summit is an opportunity to replicate the message of how significant education and literacy are in nation-building. It is also a venue to strengthen and empower local school boards, school governing councils, and parent-teacher associations,” said Ebrahim.
He stressed that he envisioned “an inclusive education for all learners and educators”.
“We do not choose whom to teach and who will teach. We aspire for a Bangsamoro Region where no learner is left behind and no educator feels unappreciated, underserved, or unheard,” he added.
Meanwhile, in his State of the Education Address, MBHTE Minister Mohagher Iqbal also noted that “education is a pillar of nation-building”.
“It can help society sustainably and logically sustain and overcome significant impediments – poverty, injustice, corruption, and conflict,” he said.