Better Content Delivery of the Alternative Learning System

Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines – UNESCO in collaboration with the Department of Education Regional Office VIII- Eastern Visayas Region, organized a 5-day virtual training last 7-11 June 2021 attended by 100 ALS implementers. Comprising of mobile teachers and district coordinators, the ALS implementers are from the Schools Division of Tacloban City and Schools Division of Leyte, particularly from Palo and vicinity areas.

The online training on Design Thinking is a precursor to training for ALS teachers and learners on the newly developed ALS modules under the Better Life for Out-of-School Girls to Fight Against Poverty and Injustice in the Philippines Project. The project is implemented in partnership with the Department of Education in the Philippines and funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

Facilitated by Ateneo de Davao University- Academy for Lifelong Learning, the training provided insights on human-centred and solutions-oriented approach that integrates the needs of people and the possibilities of technology, particularly in their role as teachers and mentors of ALS learners in becoming more effective in their teaching and learning delivery of the newly developed modules. The input on the design thinking process aided the ALS implementers in developing their respective instructional development plan (IDP) in terms of their delivery of the contents on the newly developed modules using the ALS teacher’s guidebooks and ALS learner’s books.

In the opening programme, Dr Hans Dencker Thulstrup, OIC of UNESCO Jakarta Office, emphasized that the training is UNESCO’s contribution to effective learning and quality education for ALS learners, especially to out-of-school girls-learners.

In her message, Dr Maria Gemma M. Ledesma, the Regional Director of the Department of Education Regional Office VIII, expressed that she is truly inspired to know that there are education partners such as UNESCO, KOICA and other partner institutions who shared the same commitment in taking care the education welfare of ALS learners.

The capacity-building initiative contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 specifically for out-of-school girls realizing their right to education and access to inclusive, equitable and quality learning.