DepEd partners with LGUs, media on free education

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

THE Department of Education (Deped) has strengthened linkages with government and private sectors to promote free education through their Alternative Learning System (ALS).

Merly Jayagan, ALS chief, said aside from established linkages with local government units, leaders of different cities, provincial and municipalities, and private sectors, they are partnering with the media to help in promoting free education through various DepEd programs like ALS and Basic Literacy.

Jayagan said Thursday's regional media forum, themed "Media Meets Alternative Learning System", is one way of making the public understand that DepEd have existing programs such as ALS and the Basic Literacy to provide free education to Out-of-School Youths (OSY) and adults elementary and secondary school drop-outs; industry-based workers; housewives; maids; factory workers; drivers; members of cultural minorities; indigenous people and the disabled/physically challenged.


"This will provide an avenue for media practitioners to make the public understand of the benefits of ALS. With media's help, we can advocate and educate more people."

Jayagan named the four ALS partners of DepEd in Davao City, these are: San Pedro College, Davao Doctors College, St. John Paul II, and the One Way Outreach center -- a church based education facility in Matina Aplaya.

Literacy mapping

Mobile teachers and District ALS Coordinators (DALS-C) are now being deployed in different barangays to conduct the literacy mapping of DepEd.

Literacy mapping will help DepEd identify barangays with the zero-level literacy after which they will be sending forth DALS-C to create a learning group of 50 learners.

For 10 months, learners will be taught their lessons from the curriculum that DepEd has prepared and that has been translated to different modules.

Different levels of education in ALS are the lower elementary, advanced and the secondary education which caters to different literacy level of learners.

A competency accreditation or the Acceleration and Equivalency test will be given to the learners, once they are capable of taking the test.

Mobile teachers are given the same rate with the formal teachers in regular schools; DALS-C and ALS Gabay sa Pamayanan (Agap) are given monthly stipend.

To date, there are 89 mobile teachers in region 11, who were hired according to DepEd standards with regular rates, benefits and clothing allowance.

With the departments aim to alleviate illiteracy in the country, they are targeting at least 155,000 learners to be taught every year but the department only has 6,500 graduates every year nationwide.

"Though we are struggling with our budget, with the service provider’s help, we will be able to continue on with our program to be able to help bring education to those who wish to finish school," Jayagan added. (Carmelle Marie Harrow)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 25, 2011.

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