11.07.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Supports the Enhancement of Alternative Learning System Curriculum in the Philippines

The Workshop on "the Packaging of Alternative Learning System (ALS) K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum”

UNESCO Jakarta in cooperation with the Philippines’ Department of Education (DepEd) and Asia Pacific College (APC), conducted the “Workshop on the Packaging of Alternative Learning System (ALS) K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum” on 25-29 June 2018 at First Pacific Leadership Academy, Antipolo City, Philippines. This activity is part of the work plan under the project “Better Life for Out-of-School Girls to Fight Against Poverty and Injustice in the Philippines” with the financial support from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

The objectives of the workshop were to map and validate the learning competencies and develop the Budget of Works for the six learning strands of the enhanced ALS curriculum. This activity was attended by over 30 DepEd personnel involved in the ALS Program such as: ALS Curriculum Specialists from the Central Office, ALS Program Specialist from the Regional and Division Offices, District ALS Coordinators, and ALS Mobile Teachers.
 
To jumpstart the activity, Ms. Anna Maria Roqueza, Faculty Capacity Development Consultant of Asia Pacific College introduced a study about “Global Competencies.” The study was presented to motivate the participants to raise and align the ALS curriculum standards to the emerging global trends for human capital.
 
Technical experts in the field of curriculum development were invited to facilitate and provide inputs during the activity. Ms. Adelina Calub, Training Manager of APC, facilitated the workshops from the review of the existing competencies and mapping of core competencies to the development of budget of works. Meanwhile, Dr. Evelina Vicencio, Dean of the University of the East - College of Education, provided insights and guidance to the participants in finalizing their outputs.
 
According to Ms. Georly Mae Dabalos, ALS Mobile Teacher for 10 years in Davao City, Philippines, “The development of budget of works for ALS Curriculum will give way to define learning maps that are tailored fit to the needs of the learners based on their entry-level and desired goals”. She added that it would result a better approach for teachers in handling learners in their communities.
 
Ms. Maritel Bacsa, one of the Supervising Education Program Specialists of DepEd, also highlighted the importance of collaboration among participants in identifying, linking and aligning core competencies and skills as well as in developing budget of works for the ALS learners. She shared that with this activity supported by UNESCO, the ALS learners will now have a greater chance to have a brighter future ahead.
 
Dr. Teresita Medado, APC President, congratulated everyone for working passionately and for completing the workshops despite the unfamiliar methodologies introduced to them. She expressed gratitude to all participants who accepted the challenge of adopting new methodologies instead of relying on traditional systems to achieve results. UNESCO Jakarta, on the other hand, conveyed its appreciation to its partners for their unwavering support to UNESCO’s aim in enhancing the lives of girls especially those who cannot afford to attend formal schooling. The partnership that has been established among UNESCO, DepEd, KOICA and APC is truly remarkable in the Philippines’ quest to attain SDG 4.
 
The outputs of this workshop will serve as inputs to the Finalization of Enhanced ALS Curriculum Workshop which will be held on 16-20 July 2018 in Cebu City, Philippines.

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