General Santos City Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera has underscored the need for strong cooperation between the Asatidz or Madrasah teachers and the local government for the implementation of Madaris education in the city.
The local chief executive has reaffirmed his support for the Madaris education during the first general assembly of the Asatidz held at the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Social Hall in Gensan Wednesday, January 9.
Rivera acknowledged the big role of the Asatidz in maintaining peace and order in the city.
The local government said that during the assembly, the Asatidz reorganized the General Santos City Madaris Federation and identified their priority activities for this year, such as the holding of the Musabaqa or the citywide sports and literary competitions by April.
Madaris Project is one of the component projects of the City Mayor’s Office- Indigenous Cultural Communities Affairs Division (CMO-ICCAD).
Under this project, around 3,622 Madaris pupils and students learn Arabic literacy and Islamic values education during Saturdays and Sundays facilitated by 138 Asatidz in 38 Madaris centers located in 15 barangays of the city.
Some Madaris centers are also facilitating adult literacy classes to educate Muslim parents who are interested to learn in writing and understanding Arabic.
The city government said that it has been supporting the Madaris for almost two decades now by providing monthly honorarium and capacity-building training to the Asatidz.