A guide to alternative learning system and home schooling programs in the Philippines.
Having my wife as a public school mobile teacher, I have learned a lot about one’s need for an education and how it affects the well being of an individual especially in the early stages of their development.
There is no doubt that education is the most basic requirement to succeed in life. This is why most developing countries list education as their top priority in as far as government service is concerned.
Our understanding of acquiring education is usually through formal school where learning takes place in classrooms through teacher and pupil discussion. But there are alternative approaches that parents or an individual can consider aside from formal school depending on what type of situation they find themselves in.
First of which are programs for out-of-school youths. Many of today’s youths go through the pressure of progressing through the educational pipeline oftentimes unable to handle these challenges due to family problems or financial difficulties. As a result they often drop out of formal school. Out-of-youth programs are aimed at integrating these drop-outs back into formal school .
Alternative Learning System
In the Philippines, such program is called the Alternative Learning System or ALS. Teachers that are involved in this program are called “Mobile Teachers” for reasons that they often go about teaching in rural and depressed areas where a majority of their clientele can be found. Included in this program are unemployed adults, industry based undergraduate workers, members of cultural minorities, persons with disabilities/physically challenged, inmates, rebels and soldiers. Learning usually takes place in barangay halls or community learning centers.
The process of integration starts with the students attending a 10 month learning and review session conducted by the Mobile Teacher. After completion, performance are assessed in preparation for the Accreditation and Equivalency Test (or A&E) that will be given to these students. Passers of either the Elementary or Secondary Level gets a certificate which bears the signature of the Secretary of the Department of Education. This allows a passer to be integrated into formal education and also gives them the chance to enroll for a college degree or in technical and vocational courses.
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Another method one can consider is through home schooling. Home schooling are usually considered by parents who opt to teach their kids on a one on one basis for various reason. Home schooling though is not that simple and a lot of parents should consider several things before making the decision. Having the patience to teach ones child is on top of the list as kids don’t usually behave well when their parents are the one’s teaching them. Another is socialization. School proper offers more activity for a child to engage in to socialize with others. Nevertheless, many parents still consider this method.
Home schooling in the Philippines is something new. For accreditation purposes, a home schooling clientele must go to the DepEd office for validation or they may choose to enroll in a recognized school of the Department of Education. Many universities and catholic organizations are now offering programs for home schooling.
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The need for education is a basic right for every individual to succeed in life regardless of what status they belong to in society.
Please also read my article on Manny Pacquiao’s contribution to the Alternative Learning System.