Floating Learning Centers in BaSulTa
A fleet of seven BRAC Floating Learning Centers or floating schools have been put up by BRAC Philippines and ARMM’s Department of Education to bring basic education to over 200 Badjao and Sama children in some of the water villages in the region’s island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
ARMM Education Sec. Jamar Kulayan and BRAC Communications Officer MJ Alferez led the official launching of the project on June 15 in the island town of Siasi, Sulu, where three of the floating schools have been deployed.
Another three floating schools are stationed in Tawi-Tawi and one in Lamitan City in Basilan.
M Nazrul Islam, BRAC Philippines country representative, said they have adopted the “boat school” project of their head office in Bangladesh which they find suited to the culture of the Badjaos and Samas, who are mostly reluctant to mingle with people belonging to other more dominant Moro tribes.
BRAC, an international non-government organization based in Bangladesh, employs innovative and community-driven learning methods that have earned it recognition from around the world. It is operating a total of 1,220 learning centers, including the floating schools, in the ARMM, bringing basic education to around 40,000 children in remote and hard to reach areas.