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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]


heading fold 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.


Current Stage
Started 2011 Implementing Completion 2014



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.

Subsidiary Agreement

Design Document

Annual Plans

Final Report on the Independent Sustainability Review (ISR) of the Philippines Response to Indigenous and Muslim Education (PRIME) Program

Request for Tender

Cooperation Report

Australia Philippines Muslim and Indigenous Peoples' Education Program—Inception Plan

Six Monthly Progress Report July-Dec 2011
Six Monthly Progress Report January - June 2012

*The Australian aid program is committed to publishing documents and data concerning Australia’s official development assistance in a way that is comprehensive, accessible and current. Our practice is to publish documents once finalised and where appropriate after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.

Last reviewed: 1 November, 2013