TRICOM and DepEd-Sultan Kudarat Division partner in PRIME project

TRICOM, Inc. and the Department of Education-Sultan Kudarat Division have partnered in the implementation of PRIME project in the communities of the Manobo Dulangan indigenous peoples in Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat province. PRIME or Philippine Response to Indigenous and Muslim Education (Prime) is a program of DepEd supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) that aims to increase access of muslims and indigenous peoples to basic education in achieving one of the Medium Development Goals (MDGs) which is “education for all.” During implementation of the project, TRICOM staff conducted community consultations and planning workshops with tribal leaders and officials, parents and para-teachers in 13 Early Childhood Learning Centers (ECLCs) to determine the challenges confronting the communities in regard to access basic education.

In response, the Project is set to support for the improvement of the centers (ECLCs), provide learning/education materials, support livelihood projects of parents and communities by establishing school-community vegetable gardens, facilitate linkage of village leaders and para-teachers with barangay LGUs and government agencies like the DSWD, and partly support para-teachers honorarium. TRICOM had been supporting for the education of Manobo Dulangan children through the early childhood learning and development program through the ECLCs since year of 2003.

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