Indonesia grants scholarships for 30 ARMM Islamic students

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COTABATO CITY — The education department in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Monday said the Indonesian government has offered scholarships for 30 students.

Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim country in terms of population, will facilitate the schooling in Aceh of 30 Muslim or Islamic theology students, according to Imam Alzad Sattar, regional undersecretary for Islamic studies of the Department of Education-ARMM.

Sattar said scholarship agreement was forged last June 17 by the ARMM government, the Indonesian embassy, and the Yayasan Sukma School in the Aceh.

Aceh, an Indonesian region in Sumatra, is a known Islamic bastion with several government-run schools teaching Islamic theology courses.

According to Lawyer Rasol Mitmug, Jr., chief-of-staff of ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman, Indonesian officials will pave the way for recruitment of 30 scholars who are expected to become teachers upon their return to ARMM.

Mitmug said scholars will have a free tuition, free textbooks, uniform, and accommodation.

Mitmug said the scholarship program will benefit mostly the Madaris Education Bureau that handles Islamic peace education subjects in public schools.

Dr. John Magno, DepEd-ARMM regional secretary, said the partnership between ARMM and Indonesian government will complement the peace initiatives of Regional Gov. Mujiv Hataman.

Magno said the process of selection of scholars will soon commence with all the qualified applicants have equal chances of getting the scholarship.

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