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DepEd launches Arabic language and Islamic values education in Eastern Visayas

Tacloban City (August 6) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) program entitled "Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education", ALIVE for short, will be launched in Region 8 on August 7, 2008, at the Tacloban City Division Conference Hall.

The launching will be graced by Undersecretary of the Office of Muslim Affairs, Hon. Manaros B. Boransing, DepEd 8 Assistant Regional Director Alberto T. Escobarte informed.

The launching will start with a motorcade which will start at the Regional Teachers Training Center going towards Tacloban City. It will be participated by the Asatidz or the Arabic Teachers, Muslim representatives, DepEd Director, DepED Central Office Party, mayors, Congressmen, Governors and the Schools Division Superintendents, Division ALIVE Coordinators and the Regional Staff.

This will be followed by the Launching Program which will be highlighted with the messages of support from the various local government executives from the six provinces of the Region, after which, a message of acceptance will be delivered by Muslim Representative Mohamad Mimbalawag, who is the President of the Muslim Community in Tacloban City.

The induction of ALIVE officers and the pledge of commitment of the ASATIDZ will also be conducted during the launching program.

ALIVE is a project of DepEd assisted by the Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao (BEAM) of the Australian government through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and it intends to strengthen the educational foundation of the asatidz or Muslim teachers.

Part of the ALIVE program is the Standard Curriculum for Madrasah Education which has been implemented in public schools and private madaris since school year 2005-2006. Classes are being held on Saturdays, and the attendance of the students is voluntary. The subject Arabic Language and Islamic Values is being taught in public schools, while English, Science, Math, Filipino and Makabayan are being taught in addition to religious subjects in private madaris.

DepEd Order No. 51, s. 2004 instructs all private Madaris and public schools with a substantial number of Muslim students to implement the Standard Curriculum as part of the department's commitment to provide access to quality education to all children regardless of culture or religion. (PIA 8) [top]

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