Department of Education Undersecretary for Muslim Affairs, Dr. Manaros B. Boransing, gives the following definition and types of madrasah in the Philippines:
Madrasah (pl. madaris) generally refers to Muslim private schools with core emphasis on Islamic studies and Arabic literacy. It is a privately-operated school which relies on the support of the local community or foreign donors, particularly from Islamic or Muslim countries. The madaris are the oldest educational institution in Mindanao and are recognized to be the single most important factor in the preservation of the Islamic faith and culture in the Philippines.
There are three general descriptive types of madrasah in the Philippines.
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