Madaris in public schools eyed as “example to the world”
Model for the world?
The integration of Arabic language and Islamic values in the country’s public education system could be a model for the world to follow, chief socio-economic planner Romulo Neri said.
“This should serve as eye opener for countries like the United States that we can integrate Islamic education in the mainstream,” he said.
Neri said instead of funding more troops to deploy in wars like Iraq, the international community should support children’s education.
Neri was in town recently to join Australian Ambassador Tony Hely, who visited projects of the Australian-funded joint initiative of the Department of Education dubbed Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao (BEAM).
Hely said majority of Australian aid funds for the Philippines go to Mindanao, and a big portion of it goes to education intervention.
Neri said education is an important intervention and support for peace in Mindanao.
Islamic values and Arabic, taught only in the private madaris before, is now offered as the Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (or ALIVE curriculum) in public schools, as one of the interventions in the BEAM program with the Department of Education.More.