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2006-01-31 09:11
2011-08-30 01:44
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Embassy Manila

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TAGS: PGOV PREL PHUM PTER SOCI KISL RP
SUBJECT: MADRASAH PROJECT: AFTER COMPLETING U.S. TRAINING, EDUCATORS SLATED TO BEGIN LOCAL PROJECTS

REF: A. 05 MANILA 0106
¶B. 04 MANILA 5479
¶C. 04 STATE 193469

¶1. (U) This Message is Sensitive but Unclassified — Please
handle accordingly.

¶2. (U) Summary: Twenty-eight madrasah educators from
Mindanao have completed training courses in the U.S. on
American educational practices and values, as part of a USD
400,000 USG-sponsored “Madrasah Teacher Training Project.”
The next phase of the two-year project — in which
participants will share what they learned via tailored local
projects — is slated to begin in February. The project is
designed to assist in bringing the Philippines’ Islamic
educational system into the mainstream. End Summary.

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Muslim Educators Complete U.S. Training
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¶3. (U) Twenty-eight educators from madaris (Islamic
schools) in Mindanao recently completed three-week study
tours in the U.S. as part of a DRL-sponsored “Madrasah
Teacher Training Project.” Two tranches of educators
visited the U.S. during the September-December 2005
timeframe in order to attend presentations by university
professors and other experts. Participants also visited
schools, religious organizations, and the Department of
State and other USG offices. The goal of the visits was to
introduce the educators to American educational practices
and values (see further background on the project contained
in para six below).

¶4. (SBU) Dr. Sam Molao, a Dean at Cotabato city’s
University of Southern Mindanao (one of the largest
universities in Mindanao), accompanied the first tranche of
educators to the U.S. in September. He told poloff on
January 27 that the trip went “perfectly” and that the
visiting educators had received a very friendly welcome
wherever they went. Undersecretary for Education Manaros
Boransing, who accompanied the second tranche, told poloff
that the visit was the first exposure to American
educational institutions for the educators, most of whom
were trained in the Middle East. He echoed Dr. Molao’s view
that the trip had been a great success.

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Next Phase
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¶5. (U) Having returned to the Philippines, program
participants are set to begin the next phase of the project,
which will involve using what they have learned in their own
schools and within their wider communities. Support for
these local projects is provided in the form of “mini-
grants” in the amount of USD 2,000 each. Mission recently
reviewed the local grant proposals in coordination with the
project’s contractor, the Institute for Training and
Development (ITD), a U.S.-based NGO. Planned activities
include workshops for Mindanao-based educators on teaching
strategies and methods; on school management; and on ways to
promote community participation in education. Some of the
funds are also going toward purchasing much-needed
educational materials. The mini-grants are scheduled to be
implemented between February-June 2006.

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Background
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¶6. (U) DRL approved the Philippine madrasah project in
September 2004 under the ESF/Human Rights and Democracy Fund
(HRDF) with a grant of USD 400,000 (ref B). The madrasah
project aims to strengthen and mainstream the education
system in Muslim communities in Mindanao. In June 2005, the
Institute for Training and Development (ITD) together with
its partner, the University of Southern Mindanao, conducted
orientation and interviews with madrasah teachers from the
provinces of Maguindanao, North Cotabato and Lanao del Sur

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(all of which have large Muslim populations) in order to
select 28 participants for the program. The project is
scheduled to wrap up with a national “Educator Networking”
conference in late 2006.

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Comment
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¶7. (SBU) The “Madrasah Teacher Training Project”
complements several other USG-funded projects that help
train school administrators and teachers from selected
public schools and private madaris in Mindanao. The USG,
among its other programs in the educational field, is
working to improve the English language proficiency of both
teachers and public elementary students, and to provide
alternative education to out of school youths in Mindanao.
These programs all support the Philippine Department of
Education’s long-term goal of bringing madaris into the
educational mainstream — and thus marginalize radical
elements — by training teachers for accreditation by the
national Board of Education (see ref B).

JONES

   

 

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