October 24-28, 2017 saw the Madaris Volunteer Program (MVP) hold its third annual Midyear Capability Enhancement Training (MCET) at the Ateneo de Davao University. Madaris Volunteers, madrasah administrators, and organic teachers from the MVP’s twelve (12) partner-madaris participated in the training. The MCET itself—composed of lectures, discussions, and structured learning exercises—is designed to sustain and reflect the MVP’s efforts in enabling its partner-madaris to collaborate fully in the mission of building peace through education.
Two different training programs compose the 2017 MCET: Compassion in the Classroom: A Training Workshop for Madaris Teachers, held at the Multipurpose Room in the Miguel Pro Learning Center; and Building School Communities Together: A Capacity Enhancement Training for School Administrators, held at the Conference Room C-1 in the Ricci Hall.
At Compassion in the Classroom, Dr. Gina Lamzon of the Ateneo de Davao University School of Arts and Sciences (AdDU-SAS) delivered a lecture intended to help instill the values of dignity and self-worth, as well as to enable the development of positive relationships among the madaris teachers, amid the effects of personal alienation. Meanwhile, at Building School Communities Together, Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, President of the Ateneo de Davao University, delivered a lecture that used his personal experience—his journey—as an educational leader to help guide the madrasah administrator participants in their own tenures as leaders of their own schools. Ateneo de Davao University Vice President for Finance Mr. Jimmy Delgado also gave out tips on financial management and fundraising to the administrators in his own lecture.
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“Natutunan namin…yung sa finance, paano kami magkakaroon ng mga pondo, mga grants na makakadagdag doon sa paglago ng aming paaralan lalong lalo na ang mga madrasah (We learned, about finance, how we might be able to acquire funds, like grants that could contribute to the development of our schools especially the madaris),” says Mr. Albert Hadjihil, President of the Hadji Ali Baganian Memorial School, of his experience at the MCET. “Kapartner po namin yung Madaris Volunteer Program na pinangungunahan ng Ateneo de Davao University, kami po ay nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng mga programa nila na kung saan ay hinahanap talaga kung ano yung nakakabuti at yung appropriate na mga training para sa amin para yung aming paaralan ay magkaroon ng tamang track ng edukasyon (We are partnered with the MVP led by the Ateneo de Davao University—we thank them for all their programs that really look for the best and most appropriate training for us, so that our schools could build the right track of education).”
Of the MCET, the Principal of Iqra Academy, Ms. Guiahara Daud, also says that the “workshops [are] very good activities or learnings for us to apply when we go back to our stations, we will apply to our teachers, then the teachers to their pupils.”
The Madaris Volunteer Program (MVP) is a collaborative initiative of the Ateneo de Davao University with the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) for the promotion of inter- and intra-faith dialogue through immersion. It is also implemented in strategic partnership with the National Association of Bangsamoro Education, Inc. (NABEi) and the Regional Government of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).