KaSaMa visits AECID-funded Boat Classroom Project in Zamboanga
KaSaMa conducted a monitoring visit to the Angiskul Mi Bangka (Boat School) project of the Cartwheel Foundation, Inc. located at the transitory site in Barangay Mampang, Zamboanga City last August 18. The AECID-funded project aims to contribute to the increased access of internally displaced indigenous children in Zamboanga City through the creation of Boat Classrooms as a “safe space” for learning and development among Bajau and Tausug children. It also establishes the Tribal Education Council (TEC) as a platform for the community to share and transfer knowledge about their rich cultural heritage.
During the time spent in Mampang, the local community presented their boat design for the floating school. The monitoring team also conducted focus group discussions and semi-structured interviews with the project partners and the leaders of the tribal community. The Bajau and Tausug tribes expressed their profound gratitude most especially to the Spanish people through its development arm, AECID, for choosing the project as it not only provides children a safe space for learning but it also provides a platform for the next generation to celebrate their culture and find pride in their roots.
The Angiskul Mi Bangka project is a current grantee of AECID through the KaSaMa Grant Call 2015. KaSaMa, Karapatan sa Malikhaing Paraan (Innovative Rights Initiatives),was launched in 2009 through the collaboration of several international partners determined to support Human Rights initiatives in The Philippines. The KaSaMa partners believe that a dynamic, diverse and independent civil society is a key element in securing sustainable human rights protection, hence, cooperation with civil society remains a strategic priority. As of today, the partners are the Asia Foundation, the Australian Embassy, Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, the British Embassy, the Embassy of Canada, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, New Zealand Embassy, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Spanish Embassy, Embassy of Switzerland and the Embassy of the United States.