What is the Alternative Learning System or ALS
It is said that education is the best legacy that parents can provide to their children. But not all parents have the capability to send their children to school. Thus, resulted in being out-of-school. The good thing is that the government has been implementing the Alternative Learning System or ALS.
It caters individuals who were not able to finish the primary and secondary level of education, non-readers, out-of-school youths, and even senior citizens who want to develop new skills. The ALS facilitators are conducting the learning session in multi-purpose halls or community learning centers.
What is the importance of the Alternative Learning System?
The implementation of the Alternative Learning System is a way that the government wants to help many Filipinos to access educational opportunities. Apparently, there are many Filipinos who were not able to finish basic education due to personal or economic constraints.
How does Alternative Learning System work?
The Bureau of Alternative Learning System offers two major programs such as the Continuing Education Program – Accreditation and Equivalency and the BLP or the Basic Literacy Program.
The A&E program caters individuals who did not complete the elementary and high school level. The lessons are given in modules making it flexible and suitable to the individual needs of the students. After completing the programs, an accreditation and equivalency test is required. If the students have passed the test, a diploma or certification is given that they can use in case they want to pursue higher studies or find work.
Basic Literacy program
This program caters not only the youth but also the adults. It develops skills in writing, reading, and numeracy.
How does ALS vary from formal school?
The main difference between the Alternative Learning System and formal education is that the learning sessions are flexible according to the availability of the students. The program uses modules taught by the mobile teachers, learning facilitators, instructional managers, or district ALS coordinator. The session is conducted in community centers, barangay halls, libraries, and even in private homes.
Other special programs
Aside from the Basic Literacy Program and the A&E program, ALS also offers other special programs that cater to different subgroups including the following:
- Indigenous Peoples Education – This program is tailored to the tribal communities living in the provinces of Zambales, Quezon, and Ilocos.
- Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education – Offered for Muslim migrants
Alternative Learning System for Differently-abled Persons – For people suffering from hearing disorders through sign language.