Every individual have the opportunity to be educated. In school, teachers developed all the dimension of students, their physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual values. They should learn the best knowledge, because as the saying says “learning is the key to success”. But unfortunately not all individuals are given a chance to be educated. There are out-of-school youth and dropouts students. One of its factors is maybe the financial problems. Students tend to stopped to seek job for their needs. So, the DepEd implemented a program which is Alternative Learning System (ALS) that helps students who cannot afford formal schooling. Alternative Learning System is a ladderized, modular non-formal education program in the Philippines for dropouts in elementary and secondary schools, out-of-school youths, non-readers, working Filipinos and even senior citizens. It is part of the education system of the Philippines but an alternative to the regular classroom studies where Filipino students are required to attend daily. The alternative system only requires students to choose schedules according to their choice and availability. The Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency Test (ALS A&E) offers examiners certification of learning achievements equivalent to the elementary or secondary level of the formal school. The program has two different schematics for conducting instruction; school-based and community-based. On the school-based program, instructions are conducted in school campuses while in the community-based program, formal instruction are conducted in community halls or on private places. The ALS program follows uniform lesson modules for all academic subjects covering the sciences, mathematics, English, Filipino, social studies, current events among others. Deliveries of instructions are provided by government-paid instructors or by private non-government organization. ALS is the “parallel learning system that provides viable alternative to the existing formal basic education educational structure.” ALS covers both informal and nonformal education sub-systems. Nonformal education has methodical and organized learning outside the formal system. Formal education is graded, structured, and regulated, and it happens over a preset time within the school premises. But the informal education is an ALS program offered to all interested individuals and geared towards “providing a learning experience/s based on an individual’s or group’s needs and/or common interests on his/her/their chosen social, civic, spiritual, cultural, recreational, wellness, economic, and other work-related activities for personal or community development.” (http://www.femalenetwork.com ) The Alternative Learning System or ALS is a non-formal approach to learning which provide the learner an alternative way to pursue their basic education thru learning on their own. It is a Non-Formal Curriculum Learning Modules prepared for two learning levels: Elementary and Secondary. The modules will prepare the learners to take the Accreditation and Equivalency (A & E) Test and if they pass the exam they will receive their elementary or secondary certificate. The diploma will be their ticket to pursue tertiary education or look for a better job.
The ALS A&E Learning Support Delivery System provides an alternative pathway of learning comparable to formal elementary or secondary school. There are five ( 5 ) learning strands in the system: Communication Skills, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking, Sustainable Use of Resources/productivity, Development of Self and a Sense of community and Expanding One’s World Vision. (http://184.108.40.206/site07/new/news/als/main.php )
The Alternative Learning System (ALS) is a kind of learning that knows no boundaries. The mobile teachers pass through squatters areas or deprived barangays, walk through rough and muddy roads, trek uncharted mountains for 10 kilometers more or...
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