Headed by the Department of Education (DepEd), the Alternative Learning System (ALS) is a ladderized, modular, and non-formal education program in the Philippines designed for school-leavers from the elementary and secondary schools.
Instead of the normal classroom set-ups, the ALS is designed as a 10 month program for both elementary and secondary students. In a span of 10 months, the learners will take up five learning strands:
(1) Communication Skills (English and Filipino);
(2) Problem Solving and Critical Thinking (Science and Mathematics);
(3) Sustainable Use of Resources and Productivity;
(4) Development of Self and A Sense of Community/Value of Collaboration, and;
(5) Expanding One’s Own World Vision.
The De La Salle University Manila, through the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) has developed the Lasallian Accessible, Relevant, and Alternative Learning (L-ARAL) Component under the University-Community Engagement and Development Program. L-ARAL is a positive response to the challenge of having an inclusive and equitable education in the country that promotes lifelong learning through a multi-sectoral development approach.
L-ARAL puts in place a full learning year (10 months) implementation of the ALS Program with a Post-Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency Exam (ALS A&E Exam) mechanism to sustain learning process. Joseph will share on his experiences as a student-teacher volunteer, regarding his exposure to various stories of these school-leavers from neighboring and partner barangays of DLSU. He will also share about how these experiences allow him to continue his advocacy for non-formal education, with the aim of improving the lives of his fellow countrymen through quality and accessible education, and for the betterment of the Filipino nation.
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