TARLAC COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE Institure of Education Alternatve Learning System BEEd IV-A Gen. GROUP III Rombaoa, Mariella Alexes Morales, Loreto Fabros, Noemie Lacaden, Nilo Riparip, Jhestony PRESENTED TO: Ms. Claire Anne Olivares
The Bureau of Alternative Learning System is a very important component in the Philippine Education to achieve quality and access to education as envisioned in the Education for All (EFA) 2015 Philippine Plan of Action and specifically on the reduction of illiteracy rate. Section 12,1 Rules XII of R.A 9155 stipulates that the Alternative Learning System is a parallel learning system to provide a viable alternative to the existing formal education instruction, encompassing both the non formal and informal sources of knowledge and skills. One of the most important initiatives in Non Formal Education in the Philippines in the last 10 years is the Alternative Learning System which is a major component of basic education with a clearly defined role within the overall educational goal. Thus the Bureau of Non Formal Education is renamed to Bureau of Alternative Learning System.WHY IS BALS PLACED IN OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM? The Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) is mandated to address the needs of basic education of the out-of –school youth and adults in the country particularly in far-flung and isolated communities, to raise the level of literacy in the target areas and improve the quality of life of individuals and families in remote and underserved communities.Alternative Learning System Structure Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) Continuing Education Staff Development Literacy Division (LD) Division (CED) Division (SDD)Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) is divided into three divisions:1. Literacy Division (LD)
A community-based program for illiterate out-of-school youth and adults to develop basic literacy skills: reading, writing and numeracy.2. Continuing Education Division (CED) as defined by the 1986 meeting of the Asia and the Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID), covers all educational opportunities taking place outside the literacy and primary education programs, including the enrichments of the learning environment to activate and sustain motivation for learning. It provides extra-curricular activities which further enhance the learning process.3. Staff Development Division (SDD) formulates policies, plans and programs to upgrade the quality of teaching and non- teaching staff in non-formal education.WHO DELIVERS ALS?1. ALS Mobile Teachers Teachers who live in remote communities to provide education for children2. District ALS Coordinator Formal school teacher that conducts sessions for illiterate adult and children.3. DepEd Procured/Delivered Division office enters into a contract with private groups or organizations to deliver BLP and A&E Program.4. ALS Service Providers Private groups and organizations who are awarded the funds in order to deliver BLP and A&E program to target learners in the community5. Facilitator Responsible for facilitating the learning session for groups of learners6. Instructional Manager Key person in the A&E program and also responsible for facilitating the learning session for groups of learners.
7. Non-DepED Private groups, LGUs,NGOs and Government organizations that deliver the BLP and A&E program using their own funds.FUNCTIONS:The bureau outlines its functions as: serving the needs of those unable to avail of formaleducation; expanding access to educational opportunities; and providing opportunities for theacquisition of skills to ensure employability, efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness in thelabor market. BNFE funds come from three main sources which are: the General AppropriationsAct, loans from the Asian Development Bank, and funds from other international agencies suchas UNESCO, UNICEF, ACCU, and elsewhere.THREE MAJOR PROGRAMS OF BALS2. BASIC LITERACY PROGRAM (BLP) A community-based program for illiterate out-of-school youth and adults to develop basic literacy skills: reading, writing and numeracy.3. ACCREDITATION and EQUIVALENCY (A&E) PROGRAM For literates who have not completed ten years of basic education (for elementary and secondary level drop-outs). The age limit is 13 years old and above for the elementary drop-out and 15 years old and above for the high school drop-out. It also implements a wide array of other related programs and projects in partnership with local and international organizations. To attain this vision and fully implement the Alternative Learning System in the Philippines, the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Mobile Teacher Program was conceptualized as a means to bring education where the learners are. It is an immediate response to the demand of millions of target learners for some kind of relevant learning intervention through the Alternative Learning System. For the full and effective implementation of the Alternative Learning System (ALS), Mobile Teachers have been deployed and assigned to areas where the unreached and underserved population of the country is. Due to lack of manpower in the implementation of ALS programs in the field, the Bureau of Alternative Learning System requested for the service of some formal school teachers to be designated as full-time District ALS Coordinator (DALSCs).
Both Mobile Teachers and District ALS Coordinator conduct intensive community- based learning sessions for illiterate out-of –school children, youths and adults and those who have not finished ten years of basic education.3. INDIGENOUS PEOPLES EDUCATION PROGRAM ( IPEP) A program that aims to develop an IP culture-sensitive core curriculum, learning materials and assessment tools/instruments.REFERENCES:Philippines - Nonformal Education - Development, Act, School, Community, Bureau, and Skillshttp://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/1204/Philippines-NONFORMAL-EDUCATION.html#ixzz1Q2DBU1Gmhttp://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/1204/Philippines-NONFORMAL-EDUCATION.html