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IMAN-GRF conducts “Annual Project Review and Planning”

August 28, 2016 at 5:50 am

The Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives conducts 2 days Activity on “Annual Project Review and Planning” on August 19-20, 2016 in Fernandez Beach Resort, Samal Island. The activity is attended by 30 community facilitators, 10 teachers, 5 parents, 5 BLGU and 10 IMAN staff.
The activity is intended to assess the first year project implementation. Emphasis will be given to the issues, concerns and challenges encountered during the project implementation and document the lesson learn from it. Facilitating factors and hindering factors towards the achievement of the target accomplishment will also serve as basis for the IREAD team together with the stakeholders to craft or develop an action plan for the year 2 project implementation
The remaining period of the activity will be utilized for solidarity and team building activities that will enable to bind the group, so that they get to know each other better and strengthen the sense of team and establish a positive team culture, beliefs and values.
During the Assessment and Planning, Ma’am Amerah Mantawil- Community Facilitator of Barangay Pedtad shared her gratitude and appreciation to the project. According to her, “Because of the seminar and trainings offered by the project my knowledge and skills in handling children and teaching them was developed and improved, I learned many strategies that I am now applying in the teaching world.”
The Principal of Pedtad Elmentary School said Sir Habby Balayanan“I am thankful for yet again choosing our school to be Beneficiary of the Project this would be of great help in helping our teachers and our students in the course of education. Also, we hope that the proper project implementation will start immediately.”
PTA President of Pagagawan Elementary School Mr. Mama Mangadad also expresses his thanks and gratefulness towards the new project. “On behalf of the Parents Teachers Association of Pagagawan Elementary School, we look forward to the proper implementation of the project and on our part we promise to lend our hand in trhe course of implementation” he said.
Different activities was performed to promote and strengthen good working relationship with the stakeholders. Overall the phrase “Unlad iREAD” was created as sign of unity and harmony among them.

Reyhana Endigay Proves Disability is not a Hindrance in Learning

August 11, 2016 at 7:25 am

Verbal communication is neither a hindrance nor a barrier to achieve learning, once you are determined for it. One who truly wants to attain his goal will do every possible way to achieve it even if it means hardship, labor and accepting discrimination from his environment.
A concrete example of this situation is one of student beneficiary of the Innovation for Rural Education Advancement Project for Moro Children in Mindanao, Rehanna Endigay. Reyhana is a 10 year old resident of Brgy. Patadon, Kidapawan City. Reyhana, is deaf and mute. She is not enrolled in formal education, not because she doesn’t want to but because her parents choose not to as they are worried that her classmates might just bully her.
When her parents heard the news about the newest project to be implemented in their community which is the Innovation for Rural Education Advancement Project for Moro Children in Mindanao, specifically it’s intervention on the out of School Children. They were very happy because they see it as a great opportunity for Reyhana to learn especially in the field of numeracy and literacy.
During the early goings of the class, Reyhana is having difficulty mingling with her classmates and her teacher but because she is determined to learn, day by day she adjusted. The Community facilitators are doing their best to communicate to Rehanna using sign language so that she can cope-up with the lessons.
Her participation and eagerness in learning caught the Community Facilitators attention.
This project was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

ADM Students Underwent Reading Capability Evaluation

August 9, 2016 at 1:28 am

A total of 156 children beneficiary of the Alternative Delivery Mode (ADM) Literacy under IREAD “Off-school” intervention were assessed through Philippine Informal Reading Inventory (PHIL-IRI). Phil-IRI is an assessment tool that evaluates the reading proficiency of elementary level pupils and gives quantitative information about the pupil’s reading capabilities.

Each of the 156 children were asked to read a passage with 131 words, record the reading time of each student and given time to answer 7 questions to test their comprehension ability.

As a result, of the 156 students who took the post test evaluation, 33% are considered as Independent readers or students who reads fast and comprehend well what he read, 37% are instructional readers or have moderate or average reading speed and an average reading comprehension level while the remaining 29% are frustrated readers or students who showed very reading speed level and low or poor reading comprehension level.

Results of the evaluation showed that the community based literacy program for out-of-school children significantly contribute to promotion of literacy in Bangsamoro communities.

This initiative was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).”

Reaching the Unreached: A Challenge for Children’s Education

August 9, 2016 at 12:46 am

The most stumbling blocks in the way to peace and development in Bangsamoro communities is undoubtedly the illiteracy. Being literate improves individuals’ capabilities and resilience, and leads towards achievement of economic growth and social development.
However, literacy is somehow an impossible dream for the people in conflict affected areas. Living in a conflict affected communities increases the likelihood of not becoming literate or of not gaining access to education. This is true to the Bangsamoro Children who have difficulty in attaining basic education and basic social services due to many factors such as but not limited to; distance from and to school, economic difficulties, and armed-conflict.
The Literary Program thru Alternative Delivery Mode (ADM) for the out-of-school children is among the initiatives of IMAN supported by the USAID to combat the realities on Bangsamoro Children literacy. The program paved way to reach out to the Bangsamoro Children who were deprived of their right to be literate due to various factors.
Behind this initiative is the very active Community Facilitators who allotted their time to reach the unreached children. The Community Facilitators are individuals from the community who are mobilized to help in teaching the out-of-school children with basic literacy.
For the second batch of implementation, the Community Facilitators are very energetic, patient and persistent of searching out-of-school children in each community and encourage them including their parents to send them to the literacy program thru ADM offered by IMAN in their community. House to house visits were done by this people just to persuade the parents of the OSC to value education.
Indeed, attitude and commitment is a vital pre-requisite of being a Community Facilitators since only petty amount is provided for them in return for their invaluable support to the program implementation.
“It is not an easy job, in our area we have to travel kilometers to reach out the children. It is our little way of helping our fellow bangsamoro to be literate for their seld development” according to Amera Mantawil, Community Facilitator in Barangay Pedtad, Kabacan, North Cotabato.
This initiative was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).”

The Innovation for Rural Education Advancement for Moro Children in Mindanao Project celebrates its ADM 1st commencement Exercise

June 15, 2016 at 3:12 am

In line with its advocacy on improving quality education for young Moro children in conflict affected areas of Bangsamoro, the out of school intervention of the Innovation for Rural Education Advancement program initiated by the Integrated Mndanaons Association for Natives managed by the Gerry Roxas Foundation and funded by USAID successfully conducted its commencement exercise on five covered areas of Mindanao simultaneously. The different areas are Patadon Kidapawan City, Pedtad Kabacan Cotabato, Pagagawan Datu Montawal Maguindanao, Baya Pagalungan Maguindanao and Langkuno Paglat Maguindanao.

Alternative Delivery Mode in the community is a project that aims to improve the literacy and numeracy of the out-of-school youth who is unable to access formal education due to poverty cause of the displacement during the conflict in Mindanao.The said activity were attended by BLGU officials, Community facilitators, PTA representatives together with IMAN staffs last June 2, 2016 at Barangay Pagagawan, Barangay Pedtad, Barangay Baya, Barangay Paglat and Barangay Patadon respectively.

Mr. Daud Maido, Barangay Official of Barangay Pagagawan said that, “We are so grateful to IMAN and other funding agencies that they support this kind of project that benefits the young Moro children. Thus, this also serve as a beginning and motivation for the child to continue their studying in formal education, he added.

According to one of the pupil beneficiary in Patadon who top their class “I am very thankful for my teachers because they taught me how to read because they are giving me extra time and care, I appreciate it very much”.

In a message given by the executive director, Dr. Mike P. Alon, conveyed by the Project officers of different areas “Education is not a preparation for life, Education is life itself. Education will give you direction and guide throughout your life. Once you are educated you will not be ignorant when you step out of the community. Furthermore, we are also thankful to the community for embracing and accepting us.

The Alternative Delivery Mode will again open its door to another set of pupil beneficiary coming August of the Year.

MPI EXPOSURE in Municipal Hall Datu Montawal Maguindanao

June 5, 2016 at 2:37 am

MPI students with the accompaniment of the Catholic Relief Services and in cooperation with the Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives visit the Municipality of Datu Montawal maguindanao. The visit took place on June 1, 2016 at the Municipal Hall
The said visit aims to expose the students to conflict places and discover what the context and conflict issues of the place are. They tend to get information by doing Focus group discussion and key individual information.
The said visit was attended by IMAN staffs, CRS personnel, MPI students, MLGU staffs and BLGU officials. The said visit is beneficial to the cause of discovering the issues and how the officials handle the cause of the issue.

ADM classes postponed due to Election Warfare

May 24, 2016 at 7:24 am

2016 National Election was the most intriguing election in the Philippine History. It does not only divert public attention in social media but it has also become a major topic nationwide. But it’s not just the case in some areas of the country, specifically in conflict affected areas in Mindanao.

One of the beneficiaries of our project, Kilangan Pagalungan Maguindanao experienced the negative effect of Election. Even before the week of election, conflict among the candidates is already visible which results to firings across the land of Pagalungan. Tension build by the said firing causes the people to evacuate week before the day of Election.

The Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives in partnership with the Gerry Roxas Foundation project intervention in Baya, Pagalungan Maguindanao was affected by this phenomena. The conduct of the classes for the Out of School Youth, which is one of the project of IMAN namely Innovation for Rural Education Advancement for Moro Children in Mindanao.

According to Mr. Nasser Guiamelil- Principal of Baya Elementary School, many of the families are affected by this armed conflict, they are afraid that they might lost their lives anytime. The pupil beneficiary of the project as well as the community facilitators who handles the class are terrified. This phenomena creates a huge impact on the children, emotional trauma will be planted in their minds and heart.

This project was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).”

GRF-IMAN visit Barangay East Patadon, Kidapawan City

February 28, 2016 at 1:31 am

The Integrated Mindanaons Association for Native Inc. together with the Gerry Roxas Foundation Representative, Regional Monitoring Officer Sir Philbert Yee conducted site visit at Patadon Elementary School and Purok 1, Barangay East Patadon, Kidapawan City to personally witness the room intended for the electronic gadgets for the beneficiaries and the Alternative Delivery Room. The purpose of the visit is to personally hear from the teacher, parents and BLGU their sentiments, suggestions in regardless to sustaining the development of the project.

IMAN’s iREAD Project successfully launched

November 16, 2015 at 12:32 am

September 21, 2015- The Integrated Mindanaons Associations for Natives officially launched its newest project supported by the Gerry Roxas Foundation as a part of Philippine-American fund at 8th Avenue Convention Hall, Kabacan North Cotabato. The project is entitled “Innovation for Rural Education Advancement (iREAD) for Moro children in Mindanao.
The said event was attended by the Executive Director of Gerry Roxaas Foundation, Maam Ma. Rosamund R. Parado, Regional Education Supervisor, Sir Agney Taruc, Local Government and Barangay Local Government Unit Representatives, District Supervisors, Principals and PTA Presidents from the beneficiary schools including the identified target pupils.
The iREAD is a two-year project in three municipalities in MAguindanao and one municipalities in North Cotabato and KIdapawan City. The goal of the project is to improve the quality education of Moro children in Mindanao especially in literacy and numeracy and essential life skills in conflict affected communities of Bangsamoro. The project is expected to benefit 1000 slow learners, 500 out of school youth, 25 school teachers and 30 community facilitators.
In its 58 years in service, the Gerry Roxas Foundation believes in Integrity, Service and Excellence as stated by Maam Monnette, she also added that the Department of Education side by side will implement and continue to initiate this project.
The District Supervisor of the different school beneficiaries also gave their message of commitment and support stating how thankful they are to the Phil-Am, GRF and IMAN for choosing their schools . They commit all the support they have in terms of financial and manpower.
Regional Education Supervisor, Sir Agney Taruc addresses the support of the DepEd Region XII stating “One of our priority are the children in areas where peace and governance are challenge, He also hope project like this will truly benefit those pupils in terms of technology as knowing how to use it is already a must in the modern world.
The DepEd committed and establish System Monitoring Proceess as per stated in Memorandum of Agreement, first, safeguard the investment, second is to monitor if the gadgets was used appropriately associated with its impact and the third one is the DEpEd should adopt this project into a regular basis.
The schools beneficiaries are Pedtad Elementary School, Pagagwan Elementary School, Patadon Elemetary School, Langkuno Elementary School and Baya Elementary School.

Respect Education Program covered Schools reunited for the first time.

November 15, 2015 at 6:43 am

The Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives in close partnership with the Respect Education programme conducted Children’s Camp in Nangaan Elementary School, Barangay Nangaan, Kabacan North Cotabato last October 23-24, 2015, bearing the theme “Respect towards Peace”. The said activity was attended by seven (7) schools covered by the project consist of Nangaan Elementary School, Pedtad Elementary School, Siento Trenta Elementary School, Buluan Elementary School, Batungkayo Elementary School, Pagagawan Elementary School and Matalam Farm Settlement Elementary School for a total of 180 participants including IMAN Staffs.
The Former Mayor of Municipality of Kabacan, Luzviminda Tan also attended the said event. According to her, “people should not judge the person by how it looks but it should be by what they can do”. She also added, that “Respect is the key to having peace inside and out. Activities like this will truly help and benefits the children to boost their self-esteem as well as enhanced their knowledge towards peace”, she added.
The 2-day camping offered several parlor games and lecture initiated to give the pupils a chance to display their talents, build their team work and especially to educate them more pertaining to Respect Education. The highlight of the said event was the group activities that unite and showcase camaraderie between the pupils of different schools.
The show up of the different candidates from the school in the highly anticipated search for the very first ever Little Binibini and Ginoong Respect wow the crowd of the community of Nangaan. The talent, different attires and question and answer portion was filled with chants and yells from the crowd. In the end, the pupils from Pedtad Elementary School bring home the crown.
According to Normeda, a pupil from Nangaan, in the 2 days activity, she found a friend in another school. Ebrahim, a pupil from Pedtad Elementary School said that “I am very happy to be part of this camp because I was able to meet new people and have friends”. The camping helps me boost my confidence in term of leading my team in the sack race competition, Jerome added.
Children’s Camp was successfully celebrated and it gave a wonderful experience to the pupils that they will never forget.