From GMA News (Sep 25): Come Home Alive: Paradise Lost (docu on 2001 Dos Palmas Kidnapping) airs on GMA News TV
On May 27, 2001, a breathtaking island hideaway in Palawan was visited by a nightmare. Gunmen from the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf stormed the beach of the Dos Palmas Island Resort and rounded up 16 tourists and four of the staff.
Among them were Americans Martin and Gracia Burnham, who were there to celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary. After looting the hotel, the Abu Sayyaf escaped via speedboat across the Sulu Sea to Basilan, taking along their captives.
Over the course of a year, some hostages escaped, some were killed, and some were released. But the Burnhams, along with captive Deborah Yap were held for 376 days … until Scout Rangers located the terrorist group and opened fire. Only Gracia would survive.
GMA News TV airs the History Channel documentary “Come Home Alive: Paradise Lost” that offers a firsthand account by survivor Gracia Burnham and expert analysis on the crisis and the bloody fire fight that ended it.
From the moment the attackers emerged from the jungle to the bloody culmination of the year-long saga, “Come Home Alive: Paradise Lost” tracks the ordeal that cost the lives of several hostages and attracted worldwide attention to the Muslim separatist movement in the Philippines. At the center of this harrowing tale are Martin and Gracia Burnham, American missionaries who had served poor Filipinos since 1986.
The historical documentary “Come Home Alive: Paradise Lost” airs on GMA News TV Channel 11 on September 29, Sunday at 11PM.
The activity was held simultaneously on September 23 to 25, 2013 in six regions namely: Central Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Ranaw, Zamboanga Peninsula, Zamboanga and Basilan, and Davao Region Psyche Vetta G. Olayvar, Education Specialist from UNICEF Philippine Country Office said the assessment is very important so that they will know how to strengthen the implementation of the program in 313 private Madaris (plural for Madrasa or Islamic school).
Started in 2009, Tahderiyyah Program is a joint effort of BDA and UNICEF. The program developed the Tahderiyyah Curriculum which blends Universal Values and the principles/science of ECCD, supports the advocacy and mandates of the Education for All (EFA) and the Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda (BESRA) of the Department of Education (DepEd).
Olayvar said, “It is important that we draw issues and concerns faced by Tahderriyah teachers as basis to improve the second phase of program implementation.”
The education specialist also cited the important role being played by Development Catalysts, volunteers which handles social mobilization and supervision of Tahderiyyah sites.
She added that the workshop result will be presented to BDA, UNICEF and Australian Aid for International Development (AusAID) as bases for the planning in moving forward.
The Tahderiyyah Teachers from six regions were invited to provide inputs to the workshop.
The participants aired their recommendations on how to strengthen collaboration with the local stakeholders in order to sustain the Madaris operations.
They also noted that kids under Tahderiyyah program learn proper dress code, being courteous, and memorize verses from the Holy Qur’an.
The teachers are confident that the preschoolers will grow as “productive and responsible citizens of the country.”
Aside from developing the curriculum, Tahderiyyah program includes teaching enhancement training for the teachers, training for administering schools for the Mudir (school administrator), feeding, and provision of teaching materials.
Tahderriyah Curriculum was already recognized by DepEd, thus preschoolers who graduated from Madaris which adopt such curriculum are admissible to elementary.