Implementation of the Basic Education Madrasah Programs for Muslim Out-of-School Youth and Adults
- DepED is implementing the Madrasah Education Program, as a response to the call for global commitment on Education for All. It is guided by the Roadmap for Upgrading Muslim Basic Education. There are three major components under the Roadmap: (1) Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) in public schools, (2) Standard Madrasah Curriculum in Private Madaris (Islamic educational institutions), and (3) Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) for Muslim Out-of-School Youth and Adults.
- Aside from the formal sector, the Madrasah Education Program also aims to bring assistance to the non-formal sector. Over the years, the number of Muslim out-of-school youth and adults in the country has increased. Different studies show that the rate of school drop-out is highest in Muslim areas. This is a cause for serious concern – not only for their education but also the peace and order issues in these areas, since Muslim OSY without the necessary skills for employment are at risk of recruitment to radical extremist groups.
- To positively contribute to the peace process and improvement of the quality of life of the Muslims through education and training, programs for the Muslim out-of-school youths and adults have been developed, to wit:
- The Bureau of Alternative Learning Systems (BALS) is implementing the ALIVE in Alternative Learning Systems (ALS), which provides basic literacy programs with ALIVE to Muslim illiterates and continuing education to drop-outs through the Basic Literacy Program (BLP) and Accreditation & Equivalency (A&E);
- In collaboration with TESDA, Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education with Technical-Vocational Education and Training (ALIVE with TVET) component was developed, which aims to provide skills training programs with ALIVE to Muslim OSYs and adults, appropriate to their interest and aptitude. Priority in program implementation is accorded to migrant Muslim OSYs in urban and rural areas;
- Still in partnership with TESDA, ALIVE with Entrepreneurship shall be developed and implemented to provide Muslim out-of-school youth and adults with skills and opportunities for livelihood;
- For the TVET with ALIVE , a Memorandum of Agreement between DepED and TESDA was executed in 2007. Implementation guidelines of the Program are embodied in the said MOA (Enclosure 1). The same MOA shall later on be amended to include provisions for the implementation of the ALIVE with Entrepreneurship.
- Budgetary requirements for these programs shall be fund- transferred to BALS, for the ALIVE in ALS, and TESDA for the ALIVE w7ith TVET and ALIVE with Entrepreneurship.
- After the ten-year project cycle, the ALIVE in ALS shall be mainstreamed in BALS, while the ALIVE w7ith TVET and Entrepreneurship shall be transferred to TESDA to ensure the sustainability of the Program.
- Immediate dissemination of this memorandum is desired.
Mona D. Valisno