ALTERNATIVE LEARNING SYSTEM (ALS)

Report
DEPARTMENT
OF EDUCATION
Alternative Learning System
in the Philippines
Dr. Gloria A. Felipe
ALS Division - Department of Education
Cordillera Administrative Region, Philippines
27 July 2010
Department of Education
Basic Education
(for instruction)
Bureau of Elem.
Education
Bureau of Sec.
Education
Bureau of ALS
ALTERNATIVE LEARNING SYSTEM (ALS)
• a parallel learning system to provide a viable
alternative to the existing formal education
instruction. It encompasses both the nonformal and
informal sources of knowledge and skills
(ALS Target Groups)
• out-of-school youth and adults who are 16 years old
or older and beyond basic school age that need basic
literacy skills particularly in reading, writing and
simple computation.
• street children, indigenous people, farmers, fisher
folks, women, adolescents, solo parents, children in
conflict areas not reached by the formal school
system, rebel returnees, and others.
(Program Context)
• No chance to attend and finish basic education
(Grades 1-6 and Year 1-4)
• In 2004, it was estimated that 16 million or 20% of
the total Philippine population were either school
drop-outs or stay-outs.
(Program Features/ Innovations)
1.
Basic Literacy
Program (BLP)
2. Accreditation and Equivalency
Program
Basic Literacy Program (BLP)
It is an intensive
community-based
training for nonliterate out-of-school
youth and adults,
who are willing to
learn basic literacy
skills.
Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E)
To provide a system for assessing levels
of literacy and other non-formal learning
achievement
DepEd Delivered
It refers to the program
delivery which is directly
carried-out by DepED
personnel.
ALS Mobile
Teachers
ALS District
Coordinators
DepEd Procured
It is a delivery mechanism
which the DepED through the
DO enters into a contract with
private groups or other GOs in
order to deliver the BLP and
A&E Program.
NGOs
LGUs
SUCs
Regulatory (Non-DepED)
It refers to the program
delivery by any private/gov’t
organizations using their own
funds following the standards
of DepED.
NGOs, POs,
GOs, SUCs,
etc.
(Policies Supporting ALS)
Article XIV Section 2
(1987 Philippine Constitution)
Philippine Education for All (EFA)
2015 National Action Plan
Republic Act 9155 – Governance Act of
Basic Education
Administrative Order No. 324
(Partnership)
•
Literacy Service Delivery System (LSDS)
•
Literacy Service Contracting Scheme (LSCS)
•
Local government units (LGUs), NGOs, and other
government agencies’ support in
1. Advocacy on ALS
2. Literacy Mapping
3. Funding
- Training of facilitators
- Salaries of facilitators
- Establishment of community learning centers
(Partnership)
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TESDA - Literacy & Livelihood Skills Trainings
DA- Farmer Field School Program
DOH- Adolescent Reproductive Health
DSWD - Social Concern Programs
PIA - Advocacy
LGUs - Literacy & Livelihood Programs
NGOs - Conduct of e-learning sessions & other literacy
related programs re: GAD
a) Peoples’ Initiatives for Learning & Community
Development
b) Igorota Foundation Inc, etc.
(Project Achievements)
• Increase in functional literacy rate
• Mainstreaming of out-of-school youth/ drop-outs
through A&E Test
• Job opportunities and income- generating projects for
OSY/As, improving their quality of life
(Issues/ Challenges)
• Resource mobilization:
e.g. employment of additional mobile teachers;
establishment of community learning centers with
literacy materials
• Sustainability of networking and partnership
• Social mobilization and advocacy:
e.g. learners of the basic literacy program should
continue even without livelihood skills training
component (in other areas)

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