By Lady Jean L. Kabagani

ILIGAN CITY, May 15 (PIA ICCC)- Young learners affected by the Marawi siege are slowly going back to normalization, according to an education official of Marawi City.

Department of Education (DepEd)-Marawi Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Anna Zenaida Unte-Alonto shared one good thing about the resiliency of Maranaos saying “they easily overcome any adversity would come their way.”

As the war-torn city continues to embrace an improved and progressive economy, the education cluster ensures to help the young learners get back to their feet through its programs and services.

DepED-Marawi holds a series of activities involving Marawi learners and its partner-donors to support the recovery of Marawi children.

“There is a need for continuous psychosocial support for our children in Marawi,” Unte shared in an interview.

The DeED, Unte said, would sustain peace education promotion to the young victims of conflict to ensure that they are being led to the right path, all for peace and common good of the entire Bangsamoro.

“Interventions for these children are being conducted with our partners to make sure that our children will not be affected anymore or not be influenced anymore by what had happened during the siege,” Unte asserted.

She also shared that about six selected learners from Marawi City will be joining the peace education workshop in Tagaytay City to interact and learn peace promotion with other learners from Luzon. This could help boost the confidence of our young people of Marawi.

Unte is also certain that if peace is instilled in the hearts of these children, they will grow as good citizens of this country.

Department of Education (DepEd)-Marawi Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Anna Zenaida Unte-Alonto urges young learners to continue their education and partake to the common good of the Bangsamoro community and be part of rebuilding a better Marawi.

Meanwhile, the education cluster will continue its efforts and programs to track down the education development of the Marawi learners.

Unte urges the children to continue going to school as the education department commits to provide unending support to schoolchildren.

“We are doing our best to provide a rightful education for them,” she said.

Unte is grateful to all of their partners, donors and DepEd Central Office saying “we are doing our best for the sake of our Bangsamoro youth.”

During the crisis, around 18,570 learners in elementary level 3,023 in the secondary level, and 537 senior high schools were affected.

DepEd is a member agency of the Task Force Bangon Marawi. (LJKabagani/PIA ICCC)