Alternative Learning System - 1

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Alternative Learning System - 1

By | September 2012
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On May 13, 1977 the post of Undersecretary of Education and Culture, Incharge of Nonformal Education, was created by the President of the Philippines with Assemblywoman for Region III, Dr. Felicita G. Bernardino as the Deputy Minister. Since then a nationwide program of nonformal education has been launched by the Ministry of Education and Culture involving the 13 educational regions and all the schools, colleges and universities, both public and private. Now on its 32nd anniversary, the program has expanded very much in terms of area coverage, programs and activities organized, personnel involved, and number of out-of-school children, youths and adults given literacy education, skills training, and socio-cultural education. It has also developed innovative strategies and methodologies in planning and curriculum/materials development specifically for nonformal education but which may also be adapted to other disciplines. The rapid expansion of nonformal education in the country is a recognition of the importance attached to it by the Government. It is now an accepted fact that nonformal education is not only a supplement and complement of formal education but is an indispensable component of a lifelong learning system. It is also recognized that nonformal education plays a very important role in national development. It is the only effective way of providing education to the millions of out-of-school youths and adults to enable them to participate more effectively in the various development programs of the government. Nonformal education in the Philippines is not new. It started long before the beginning of the 20th century. During Spanish regime nonformal education classes will organized by the priest for young boys who will someday serve the church. At the turn of the century, civico-educational lectures were conducted all over the country to inform the people of new developments in agriculture, health and sanitation, and to draw their cooperation with the...
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