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).”