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Bangsamoro gov’t, Unicef review midterm program for Tawi-Tawi kids

The Bangsamoro government and the United Nation Children’s Fund (Unicef) have conducted a review of the midterm work plan of Unicef’s country program for children in Tawi-Tawi province.

Unicef communications for development officer Amina Lim said Unicef is in the process of reviewing its 5-year (2019-2023) rolling work plan with the different ministries of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) based on its priority programs that included water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), health, nutrition, education, self-protection, and governance.

The meeting, which was held Saturday, October 30, focused on how Unicef could further align its priorities with those of the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) of Tawi-Tawi for the next three to five years, in terms of coordination and complementation.

Also tackled was the safe return of the school children from the modular approach learning into the face-to-face class instruction as the national government plans for the pilot reopening of classes in areas less affected by Covid -19 pandemic. 

Yvan Tarong, Unicef WASH-in-Schools officer, said BARMM could not yet avail the pilot reopening of face-to-face (F2F) classes on November 15 since it was not included in the national government’s list. 

However, he said Unicef is working with Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE) to finalize the guidelines on the readiness of schools in the region, and as soon as these guidelines have been set and approved by BARMM, then the region would propose to the national government for inclusion some selected schools in the five provinces for the F2F classes.

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