The International Children’s Action Network (ICAN), a Japanese non-government organization in cooperation with the Department of Education and the local government will turn over school buildings in three remote villages here on Thursday (Dec. 18).
Koji Matsuura, project coordinator of the peace building project, said in a statement the program will be highlighted by the turnover of two-classroom school buildings and the declaration of schools of peace of
Nabundas Elementary School,
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There would also be ceremonies in two other elementary schools and two high schools in Barangays Gokotan and Balungis.
These efforts are part of the Peace-Building Project currently implemented by the ICAN and funded by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Pikit, particularly in the villages called “M7 Barangays” of Tinutulan, Balatikan, Nunguan, Balabak, Nabundas, Gokotan and Balungis.
The ceremonies are expected to be attended by stakeholders and partners from the Japan Embassy, International Monitoring Team (IMT), Joint Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (J-CCCH), Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) and Department of Education in
Matsuura considers the activity as another milestone in achieving peace for the people of
Peace Building Project through Education in
Conflict-Affected Areas of Pikit, North Cotabato (Phase 3)” is funded by the ’s
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) through ICAN, covering the M7 Barangays
initially for 12 months, the third year plan of the 3 year-project. Japan
The project aims to improve infrastructure and quality of primary and secondary education for children affected by armed conflict and to establish peace at the grass-roots level in Pikit-Maridagao river basin.