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    1. 1. Community eLearning Centers for Out-of-School Youth and Adults Avelino A. Mejia, Jr. Human Capital Development Group C ommission on I nformation and C ommunications T echnology
    2. 2. <ul><li>Jean-Rose Cordita </li></ul><ul><li>18 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Dropped out of high school (3 rd year) </li></ul><ul><li>Native of Surigao del Norte (Mindanao) </li></ul><ul><li>Got a job as a maid/helper </li></ul>Shiela, 22 years old Dropped out of high school (2 nd year) Was a sex worker when at 17 years of age
    3. 3. <ul><li>John Paul Yongco </li></ul><ul><li>17 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Native of Cebu City </li></ul><ul><li>Dropped out of high-school (3 rd year) </li></ul><ul><li>Parents are separated </li></ul><ul><li>At a young age, he is a father to his 8-month old son </li></ul>Elizabeth Onda 17 years old Native of Talakag, Bukidnon Hitches a ride with cargo trucks going to Cagayan de Oro City just to get to the eSkwela Center Diocillla Miole 57 years old High school drop-out Barangay health worker
    4. 4. Outline of Presentation <ul><li>Project Background/Rationale </li></ul><ul><li>Description </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives & Target Beneficiaries </li></ul><ul><li>Project Fund Source and Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Project Components & Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Status as of November 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>New Funding and Intended Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Future Plans and Possibilities </li></ul>
    5. 5. An Educational Crisis COHORT SURVIVAL TREND Source: Department of Education
    6. 6. An Educational Crisis 2003 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey Source: 2003 FLEMMS Results
    7. 7. An Educational Crisis Philippine Out-of-School <ul><li>almost 17 million out-of-school youth and adults (2005) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20% of population </li></ul></ul><ul><li>the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“The Other Side of Education” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>less than 1% (0.068% in 2005, increased a little in 2007) of the total education budget </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. National Policies LITERACY / NON-FORMAL EDUCATION <ul><li>R.A. 7165 : highest priority to the total eradication of illiteracy </li></ul><ul><li>1987 Philippine Constitution : nonformal, informal and indigenous learning system and self-learning independent, and out-of-school study programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Education for All Philippine Plan of Action (EFA-PPA) : nonformal literacy and education programmes for poor and underserved communities </li></ul><ul><li>AO # 116 : support for the Nonformal Education Accreditation and Equivalency (NFE A&E) System </li></ul>
    9. 9. Alternative Learning System <ul><li>Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Accreditation & Equivalency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elementary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secondary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Advanced Level – Bridge Program (pilot stage) </li></ul><ul><li>ideal: life skills approach + self-paced </li></ul><ul><li>uses print modules </li></ul><ul><li>limited number of ALS Implementers </li></ul>simply not enough!!
    10. 10. ICT4E <ul><li>ICTs as a powerful enabler of capacity development towards ensuring basic education for all and lifelong learning </li></ul><ul><li>wider use of computers to support teaching-learning processes, promotion of elearning and information literacy, and establishment of elearning competency centers </li></ul>
    11. 11. ICT4E Support in the Philippines <ul><li>Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) 2004-2010 </li></ul><ul><li>the National Framework Plan for ICTs in Basic Education (2005-2010) </li></ul><ul><li>the 2002 Basic Education Curriculum (BEC) </li></ul><ul><li>DepEd’s Strategic Framework on ICT4E (2006) </li></ul><ul><li>DepEd’s ICT4E Master Plan </li></ul>
    12. 12. CICT – EO269 <ul><li>The CICT shall be the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, regulating, and administrative entity of the executive branch of Govt that will promote, develop, & regulate integrated & strategic ICT systems and reliable & cost-efficient communication facilities & services </li></ul>
    13. 13. CICT's ICT4E: Comprehensive Approach Yes Yes Yes Yes Tertiary Yes Yes Yes Yes ALS Yes Yes Yes Yes HS No No No Limited Elem Infrastructure Deployment Content Dev Applications Dev Educators Training
    14. 15. eSkwela Project <ul><li>pioneering effort by CICT-HCDG with the DepEd-Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) </li></ul><ul><li>Community eLearning Centers dedicated to serve the learning needs of out-of-school youth and adults through ICT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic education equivalent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Livelihood skills (value-add) </li></ul></ul>
    15. 16. Objectives <ul><li>To help BALS broaden access to basic education </li></ul><ul><li>To support the efforts of DepEd to integrate ICT in the teaching-and-learning process and support the development of 21 st Century Skills among learners </li></ul><ul><li>To help BALS produce and use interactive multimedia learning materials for out-of-school youth and adults </li></ul><ul><li>To reduce the digital divide by providing disadvantaged youth and adults with access to ICT </li></ul>
    16. 17. Funding <ul><li>Phase 1: pilot stage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 of only 6 grantees from 89 proposals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>July 2006-September 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 pilot sites </li></ul></ul>
    17. 18. Fund Allocation 8.12% Project Mgt & Stakeholders’ Coordination 4.35% Connectivity 10.29% Recipient Preparation (community mobilization, capability bldg, etc.) 48.08% Content Development (50 modules) 29.16% Capital Outlay (hardware for 4 Centers as venues for proof of concept)
    18. 19. eSkwela – Pilot Sites Quezon City Feb 2007 174 learners San Jose del Monte Feb 2007 102 learners Cebu City May 2007 100 learners Cagayan de Oro City Apr 2007 160 learners
    19. 20. Project Components <ul><li>Customized Instructional Model </li></ul><ul><li>conversion of 50 ALS/life skills print modules into elearning modules </li></ul><ul><li>Customized LMS </li></ul><ul><li>ICT-based student portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>BLENDED LEARNING </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholders’ Training </li></ul><ul><li>BALS-TWG Training </li></ul><ul><li>Content Devt Trng </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers’ Training </li></ul><ul><li>Network AdminTraining </li></ul><ul><li>Center Management Trng </li></ul><ul><li>Community Support </li></ul><ul><li>Project Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Local Community / GU / NGO Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Local Steering Committees, Center Mgr & Lab Tech </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher & Learner Selection </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum Localization </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure Deployment </li></ul><ul><li>4 pilot sites </li></ul><ul><li>Site renovation </li></ul><ul><li>PCs + server + peripherals + broadband connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring & Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Online Interactions + Site Visits </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation Conference </li></ul>
    20. 21. Sample Modules <ul><li>Communication Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Are You Listening? </li></ul><ul><li>A Language of Our Own </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Writing </li></ul><ul><li>The Interview </li></ul><ul><li>Are you a Critical Reader? </li></ul><ul><li>How to Become an Intelligent Listener </li></ul><ul><li>Panitikang Filipino </li></ul><ul><li>Filling-up Forms Accurately </li></ul><ul><li>Problem Solving & Analytical Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Reproductive Health </li></ul><ul><li>Skeletal System </li></ul><ul><li>Addictive and Dangerous Drugs </li></ul><ul><li>The Cost of Environmental Degradation </li></ul><ul><li>Composting </li></ul><ul><li>Buying Wisely </li></ul><ul><li>Business Math </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Accounting </li></ul><ul><li>Searching for Patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Water and its Costs </li></ul>Sustainable Use of Resources/ Productivity Marks of a Successful Entrepreneur Water Pollution Wanted: Clean and Fresh Air Workers’ Rights Ideas for Income-Generating Projects Dev’t of Self and a Sense of Community Building Relationships with Others Dealing with Fear, Anger, and Frustration Ironing It Out Changing Roles Civil and Political Rights The Beautiful World of Our Native Borthers Expanding One’s World Vision The Major Religions of the World Think Globally, Act Locally How to Resolve Conflicts
    21. 22. PRINT MODULES PAPER-BASED PORTFOLIOS <ul><li>BLENDED LEARNING </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitation of Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Competency Assessment </li></ul>A&E CERTIFICATION EXAM + Internet (, online educational tools/ resources)
    22. 23. eLearning Modules <ul><li>software developer: Sandiwaan Center for Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>module review by BALS-TWG </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Module Review Form + Digital Courseware Evaluation Rubric </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear standards/ expectations for the developer in enhancing the modules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>vs. verbal agreements (problematic) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul></ul>
    23. 24. Learning Management System
    24. 25. Learning Management System <ul><li>progress monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>center utilization </li></ul><ul><li>tracking of learner’s progress </li></ul><ul><li>module utilization and evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>learner tasks + online collaborations + portfolios </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs, discussion forum, albums, portfolio folders, webpage links, collaborative projects, etc. </li></ul></ul>
    25. 26. Projected Results <ul><li>at least 600 out-of-school individuals serviced (1st 4 sites) – actual: 536 learners </li></ul><ul><li>pilot the integration of ICTs in education and provide a working model – flexible approach; seen as a model for basic education </li></ul><ul><li>assess the effectiveness of the elearning modules for wide-scale deployment and use – numerous inquiries (even from the formal system) </li></ul><ul><li>assess the pilot run for duplication and rollout of more eSkwela elearning centers around the country – LGUs and NGOs are interested </li></ul>
    26. 27. STATUS (as of November 2007) Review session + 31 trainees 32 trainees Review process by BALS-TWG; Asia Pacific College (NSTP students) Version 1 accepted: 35 On-hold: 15 (set C) 50 <ul><li>Content Devt </li></ul>Teacher Training Lab Mgt Training Special Workshops 130 trainees 109 trainees <ul><li>Educators’ Training </li></ul>Well-received; LGUs + DepEd Divisions + NGOs completed 4 sites <ul><li>Community Mobilization </li></ul>Remarks Actual Target Activities
    27. 28. STATUS (as of November 2007) Continuous; eSkwela Conference – Sept 2007 (Strategic Planning) 3 sites 4 sites <ul><li>M&E </li></ul>LMS ver. 2: DLSU thesis group LMS ver. 1 LMS ver. 1 <ul><li>Systems Devt </li></ul>with community assistance 4 completed 4 sites <ul><li>Site Renovations </li></ul>Smart Bro Wireless 4 completed 4 sites <ul><li>Connectivity </li></ul>Operational with set schedules 4 completed 4 sites <ul><li>Equipment Deployment </li></ul>Remarks Actual Target Activities
    28. 29. STATUS (as of November 2007) <ul><li>All 4 sites are operational (29 teachers/implementers + 536 learners) </li></ul><ul><li>35 of targeted 50 modules developed, accepted, used </li></ul><ul><li>Numerous inquiries for potential partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Media interest </li></ul><ul><li>Organized sites </li></ul><ul><li>Sites: numerous applications received </li></ul><ul><li>Regular part of PGMA Roadshows (Serbisyo Muna) </li></ul>
    29. 30. STATUS (as of November 2007) <ul><li>Exciting start but with birth pains </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Politics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facility Maximization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hardware problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Connection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software Utilization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ICT-based Delivery Mode </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul></ul>
    30. 31. Birth Joys and Pains Met with concerned LGU office re: continuous support support from LGU as dependent on incumbent leader; transition in leadership as threat to losing LGU support The role of the Local Government Units as stakeholders was secured; easier to mobilize local groups and resources Local Politics Meetings were held with DepEd-BALS and SCL (developer) to streamline the module production and review processes Schedule of delivery of the digitized modules was delayed because of several revisions that have to be made to the modules Through the Content Development workshops, ALS teachers/implementers had a greater appreciation of ICT as a tool for education Content Development Remedies Concerns Gains Areas of Concern
    31. 32. Birth Joys and Pains <ul><li>coordinated with supplier (units covered with warranty) </li></ul><ul><li>Future study: low-cost alternatives + use of community-owned centers/internet cafés + local tech support </li></ul><ul><li>malfunctioning units/parts </li></ul>Hardware <ul><li>met with eSkwela site implementers to set schedule of IM rotation </li></ul><ul><li>difficulty in hiring fulltime personnel </li></ul><ul><li>unavailability of IMs due to busy schedule </li></ul><ul><li>sessions have already started even before enrollment of learners for next batch </li></ul>Scheduling / Facility Maximization Remedies Concerns Gains Areas of Concern
    32. 33. Birth Joys and Pains Remedies Concerns Gains Areas of Concern <ul><li>conducted training sessions on lab management and review of LMS </li></ul><ul><li>provided support in basic troubleshooting </li></ul><ul><li>familiarity with open-source OS and LMS </li></ul><ul><li>modules with minor glitches </li></ul><ul><li>no more piracy issues </li></ul><ul><li>IMs and learners are more aware of software piracy </li></ul><ul><li>IMs and student are able to do more because of the bundled software </li></ul>Software Utilization (open source)
    33. 34. Birth Joys and Pains Remedies Concerns Gains Areas of Concern <ul><li>next funding: main focus is on content development </li></ul><ul><li>BALS undergoing intensive program reviews </li></ul><ul><li>BALS to work on ICT Roadmap for its programs </li></ul><ul><li>re-orientation to ideals of ALS </li></ul><ul><li>modules in the sites still limited to 20 (slow production of content) </li></ul><ul><li>use of English vis-à-vis Filipino exam </li></ul><ul><li>Tendency to go back to formal setup </li></ul><ul><li>more interactive & flexible </li></ul><ul><li>more fun </li></ul><ul><li>experimentation </li></ul>ICT-based A&E delivery mode (modules + LMS + + Internet resources / tools)
    34. 35. Birth Joys and Pains Remedies Concerns Gains Areas of Concern <ul><li>ongoing talks with potential partners and implementers </li></ul><ul><li>high demand, clamor for more slots, eSkwela centers </li></ul><ul><li>high interest level due to media exposure </li></ul>Others <ul><li>looking into possibility of paying Smart Bro for the rest of the year (vis-à-vis govt procedures) </li></ul><ul><li>payment scheme (monthly payments) </li></ul><ul><li>module enhancements available through related websites </li></ul><ul><li>IMs can download readily available instructional material over the Internet </li></ul>Internet Connection
    35. 36. Strategic Planning Output eSkwela Conference (Sept 2007) <ul><li>Vision: eSkwela will be widely available across the Philippines to empower out-of-school youth and adults to be globally competitive through the effective use of ICTs in alternative learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Mission Statement: In partnership with various groups, eSkwela provides out-of-school youth and adults with opportunities towards attaining basic education competence and life skills through the use of an ICT-enabled environment. </li></ul>
    36. 37. Feedback from Sites <ul><li>with a rating scale of 1 to 4 (1 as lowest, 4 highest) 70% of the surveyed learners have given a “4” rating to the overall effectiveness of the modules; 30% have given a “3” rating </li></ul><ul><li>Learners gave positive feedback on the advantages of the digitized modules compared to the print modules (multimedia, interactivity) </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarization of Learners to ICTs as a bonus benefit </li></ul><ul><li>Realignment of ALS to self-paced learning </li></ul>
    37. 38. Recommendations <ul><li>Clamor for more eSkwela modules </li></ul><ul><li>Modules in both in Filipino and English </li></ul><ul><li>Make optimal use of ICT in the design of modules </li></ul><ul><li>Modules be made available outside the eSkwela Center </li></ul>
    38. 39. New Funding <ul><li>Phase 1: pilot stage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 pilot sites (CICT-led): operational & monitored (536 learners) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>35 (+15) ALS modules + LMS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Phase 2: eGov Fund 2006: Preparation for Roll-out </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Roadshows (model: community-led) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Trainers’ Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>120 ALS modules + 4 livelihood courses </li></ul></ul>
    39. 40. Next Phase: Roll-out Preparations <ul><li>tapping local communities to invest on Center set-up, management, sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>CICT Assistance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Franchise Manual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical assistance on initial set-up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Referral to the eSkwela Regional Trainers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to the wide network of eSkwela partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>35 modules to start; additional modules to follow (120 within 2008) </li></ul></ul>
    40. 41. eGov Fund 2006: Rollout Preparations CICT + BALS QC SJDM CDO Cebu 6 TT 4 NA 12 CM 4 NA 12 CM 6 TT Reg10 Reg11 Reg7 Reg5 Reg4a CAR Reg3 NCR CARAGA Reg6 Reg4b Reg2 Reg1 Reg12 ARMM Reg9 Reg8
    41. 42. Upcoming Activities January-March 2008 Trainers’ Training (clustered) – pool of regional trainers & support November – December 2007 Regional Roadshows includes initial planning for regional roll-out November 2007 Submission of Final Project Report & eSkwela “Franchise” Manual to AEF Target Months Activities
    42. 43. Future Plans & Possibilities <ul><li>Digitization of modules for other ALS programs (Elementary, Bridge) </li></ul><ul><li>Livelihood / VocTech track </li></ul><ul><li>Filipino/localized versions </li></ul><ul><li>Revision of Session Guides for ICT-based delivery mode </li></ul><ul><li>Use of CeCs, internet cafés, school labs, extension programs </li></ul><ul><li>Distance Education model: online distribution & LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Online A&E exam (year-round) </li></ul><ul><li>Possibility : ask local/regional/ international funding agencies to finance some efforts </li></ul>
    43. 44. Partnership Inquiries <ul><li>Baguio: Save Our Streetchildren Foundation – w/ 2-3 sites (working with ALS-Trinidad) </li></ul><ul><li>Gawad Kalinga - Manila </li></ul><ul><li>Congressmen/Councilors of QC </li></ul><ul><li>CICT-Community eCenters of CICT & TELOF </li></ul><ul><li>internet cafés (community-based either put up by community leaders or private groups) </li></ul><ul><li>community libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Rotary Club centers </li></ul><ul><li>Imus Internet Café Association </li></ul><ul><li>USAID </li></ul><ul><li>PLAN-International </li></ul><ul><li>CBCP </li></ul><ul><li>La Union NGO </li></ul><ul><li>School divisions (whose school laboratories can be used after school hours) </li></ul><ul><li>ALS or ADM providers who would like to include the eSkwela-ALS model into their respective programs : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DepEd-Lanao </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Angelicum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Philrice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ALS-Manila </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marikina-LGU </li></ul></ul>
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    46. 47. CONTACT DETAILS <ul><li>URLs : </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Email : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>
    47. 48. End of Presentation