BOAT SCHOOL FOR INTERNALLY DISPLACED BAJAUS IN ZAMBOANGA
Sitting proudly with hearts full of anticipation, the Bajau community in Zamboanga filled the makeshift tent during the launching of their new boat school. Mothers were teary-eyed while the children cheered when their boat school was finally given to them.
AECID-Manila, through the KaSaMa program (Innovative Human Rights Initiatives), funded this project for the internally displaced Bajaus in Zamboanga. The project, aptly called Angiskul mi Banga, a Bajau term for ‘classes in boats', is implemented by the Cartwheel Foundation.
The Angiskul ma Bangka Project is an alternative education initiative for internally displaced indigenous children in Zamboanga City who were forced to evacuate from their original homes due to the prolonged armed conflict between the Moro National Liberation Front and government troops (known as the “Zamboanga Siege”) in 2013. The Angiskul mi Bangka curriculum is an integration of both culture and peace components. It is designed to enhance children’s competence not just in academic as well as in the aspects of culture and peace.
Currently, the AmB has 108 Early Childhood Education (ECE) learners and 37 Adult Capability Building (ACaP) Program learners.