Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao

Young women smiling at a local learning facility

Cardno’s practical support of education for ARMM teachers and officials, and skills training for youth will contribute to the longer-term economic prosperity of this community, including equal opportunities for boys, girls and children with disabilities.

Cardno provided vital education and skills training to create more opportunities for youth in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), under the Australian Government’s BEAM-ARMM program.  

In an environment of armed conflict and insecurity, weak governance and rule of law, and vulnerable Filipino households, the program sought to alleviate poverty and invested in basic education to help ARMM engage with economic opportunities.  

Cardno implemented the program’s Basic Education Improvement component to improve school infrastructure, strengthen DepEd-ARMM management systems and increase its capacity for policy analysis and planning. We also built the management capacity of DepEd-ARMM at regional, provincial, district and school levels, and enhanced teaching and learning processes by training teachers and providing quality materials.   

Our team provided technical vocational training and skills development for out-of-school youth, with short courses in fields such as agro-processing, heavy equipment operation and security services offered through local service providers to address the region’s labour market needs.  

Our services made a significant difference to students and youth in the region by improving: 

  • access to education, and participation and completion rates at elementary levels  
  • teacher competencies in English, Science and Mathematics 
  • performance of learners and teaching in private madaris 
  • equality of performance among boys and girls 
  • the number of schools with enhanced school-based management  
  • livelihood skills and employment opportunities for out-of-school youth