Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Japan NGO to turn over classroom buildings to conflict-affected communities in North Cotabato

From the Philippine News Agency (Dec 16): Japan NGO to turn over classroom buildings to conflict-affected communities in North Cotabato

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, Gokotan Elementary School and Malik Memorial Elementary School.

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 North Cotabato.

Matsuura considers the activity as another milestone in achieving peace for the people of Mindanao.

Peace Building Project through Education in Conflict-Affected Areas of Pikit, North Cotabato (Phase 3)” is funded by the Japan’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.

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.


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