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Muslim and Indigenous Peoples Education Program
The Philippines Response to Indigenous Peoples and Muslim Education (PRIME) program will
improve access to quality education and better learning outcomes for indigenous peoples and Muslim communities. It
works in nine regions of the Philippines that have the lowest educational indicators.
The PRIME Program will address high drop-out rates, improve poor participation rates, and
increase completion rates and national test scores. PRIME works with the Philippines Department of Education
(DepED) to fund the education needs of these disadvantaged groups. Funds can cover support for learning materials,
teacher training and changes to the curriculum to make it more relevant to Muslim and indigenous children. As well
as extra funding, DepED will receive support for its planning, management and delivery of education to
disadvantaged children. A key aim of the program is to ensure that DepED can access more reliable data for planning
and targeting its resources to better reach the under-served groups across the country.
DepED—Philippines' Response to Indigenous Peoples' and
Muslim Education (PRIME) [external website]
Results to date
Stakeholder consultations completed in ten priority Divisions, with additional fourteen Divisions
ongoing, to identify priority schools and communities and map out their needs.
Regional Implementation Plans monitored and adjusted quarterly to progress activities that address
indigenous and/or Muslim learners’ concerns.
Grants released to all nine target Regions, ten priority Divisions and almost 100
schools/communities. Next grant release in April 2012. Grants support activities such as situation analysis,
planning, policy review, and capacity building.
Baseline survey has been completed (Dec 2012) to collect data in priority divisions for target
setting, planning and monitoring purposes. Final report and analysis will be issued in March 2012.
Ongoing activities: preparation for Muslim Education Review; contracting for development of the
Grants Management Information System; development a Disability Inclusive Education activity; support to the
Indigenous Peoples' Education Office.
The following documents describe in more detail the Muslim and Indigenous Peoples Education Program*.
Documents are uploaded as the initiative progresses.
Find out more about the aid management cycle and the documents you can expect to find.
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Last reviewed: 5 April, 2012