MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)–With the major goal of assisting in the continuous delivery of quality education here despite the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 pandemic, the Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) – Philippines in partnership with the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) and the Bangsamoro Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) extended educational aid to schools in the city benefitting both educators and students.
Through its Support to Education and Empowerment of Vulnerable Children affected by Conflict and COVID-19 (SEEVCAC) Project with donations from the IRW-USA, the IRW-Philippines provided kits to learners and teachers of Ibango Central Elementary School (ICES) in Brgy. East Rorogagus and City Schools Division Thursday, October 21, and of Saksi Learning School (SLS) in Brgy. Cadayonan Friday, October 22.
IRW-Philippines Area Programme Manager Sittie Jamairah Disomimba said that while they recognize the children as the most vulnerable sector today, they are directly addressing their needs and the community that surrounds them believing that if the community and their parents are well taken care of, the children in return will also be attended, and vice versa.
“This is to support them as we understand that due to the pandemic, the livelihood of the parents is affected. So, what we are doing right now is supporting the school learners so that we can also support the parents by keeping those children or learners in school,” she said.
Disomimba shared that of their three projects for the province of Lanao del Sur, this recent effort which started in November 2020 is a support for the education and empowerment of vulnerable children affected by conflict and aggravated by COVID-19.
Here, school supplies for learners in addition to their monthly stipend or allowances for the whole school year covering 320 beneficiaries were also provided while teachers were given their own kits, soft support through a series of training and other needs for the current mode of delivery in education which is modular learning.
With the pandemic, the manager emphasized that more school support is rendered as specific and unusual needs arise.
Disomimba also said that the ICES which noted a 15% increase in its enrollees as of September this year has been provided with a water system, hand washing facility, printers, and other more equipment while the Learning Resources Management and Development System (LRMDS) of the city schools division, being the research unit where modules distributed to various schools originate, was likewise supported.
The SLS, on the other hand, had a different kind of assistance as it is an Arabic boarding school and students are living inside the campus. As such, they received living-in facilities like chest freezers and beds, among others.
Disomimba said overall they have aided a total of 385 learners both from the ICES and the SLS and 35 teachers.
She emphasized that although this is a one-year project, it is not yet concluded as the nature of such is a series of assistance wherein more projects may come depending on the necessities of the community and submitted proposals.
“We are here to make an impact… We are a partner in development and we are here to serve you,” said Disomimba. (CRG/PIA-Lanao del Sur)