For many years, Filipino children in Bahrain faced difficulties finding placements in affordable schools due to shortage of seats. On the other hand, children who succeeded in enrolling in Bahrain Schools, found themselves handicapped in subjects like Filipino, Social Studies and Philippine History when they eventually joined the Philippine education mainstream. Some even ended up missing school altogether.
The predicament was real and so in 1992, when the Philippine Embassy in Bahrain opened, a number of concerned parents immediately submitted their requests on the possibility of putting up a Philippine school. The desire of the community was given serious consideration by the then Ambassador, H.E. Leonides T. Caday, and the then Consul-General Amable Aguiluz III. In September 1992, the Embassy commissioned a survey to assess the need for Philippine School.
The outcome of the survey was very conclusive. There was a great interest among Filipino parents to transfer their children to a school catering for Filipinos if one was established. Encouraged by the result, H.E. Leonides T. Caday organized committees that prepared a complete feasibility study. The result of the study was submitted to the Bahrain Ministry of Education in 1993.
When H.E. Akmad A. Sakkam became the Ambassador in July 1994, he immediately recognized the need for a Philippine School. He took charge of the project and made active and personal representations with the Bahrain Government. In October 1994, he succeeded in obtaining the Bahrain Ministry of Education approval to establish a non-profit, non-stock educational institution that implements the curriculum based on the Philippine Educational System.
The initial funding needed to implement the project came, following the inspiration from the Ambassador, from 27 Filipino men and women who eventually constituted the Philippine School Association members. Of this number, 9 men and women were appointed as the first Board of Trustees to organize and manage the School, search for funds and draw up the School’s Constitution and By-Laws under the advisorship of the Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The following is a chronology of significant events in the growth and development the Philippine School (Bahrain).