Project Alternative Relevant and Active Learning (ARAL): The Alternative Learning System of De La Salle University


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.

Stay tuned for latest updates!


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