A project evaluation was conducted late last year to identify its gains. Based on the information shared by the project implementers, the als project has been able to provide access to and quality of education to identified and screened out of school youth in district 5 manila. specifically, these include the following: a standardized educational module for elementary and high school students, presence of a fulltime instructional manager in charge of the teaching the students and linkaging with other educational institutions, building up of the library of educational references, presence of student organizations from dlsu who are supplementing the sessions provided by the ims, assistance provided by the local government units in dealing with incidental problems by the students and parents, and a bridging program for als passers. Another significant project gain is the taking up of college entrance examinations at dlsu of several als passers.
As the new als school year opens this januray 2014, further improvement to the project will be introduced. These include the following: consolidation of the brgy and center based sessions at the als project venue to maximizing this for learning, setting of schedules or calendaring of Learning Strands/Modules with emphasis on core modules per learning strand, reviewing of methods of teaching core modules per strand (especially integrating an emphasis on essay writing), use of Audio-Visual based learning in selected core modules per learning strand, sustained mechanism for Post-A & E Takers and/or Passers through Skills-based Learning Sessions and Bridging Program sessions and other dlsu related policies and procedures.
Thus for this year, the project aim for increasing the passing rate of our als students, improve the learning methodology and encourage the participation of lasallian students and faculty members in the als project.
The following is an e-postcard from Zamil Akhtar, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines:
Education is something many of us take for granted, and upon visiting De La Salle University’s out-of-school kids program, I realized just how precious it is. Today, the kids had to practice essay writing for an upcoming national exam. “It’s hard for them to express themselves in writing,” the teacher told me, “they can talk and talk and talk, but writing their thoughts doesn’t come naturally.” In fact, gaining an education doesn’t come naturally -- most of these kids had never even been in school, forced to work at a young age to support their families. When they complete the out of school program, they will have the equivalent of a high school diploma and the opportunity to enter college. This is their path to climbing out of poverty and living a better life.
the als project has expanded operations from the lsfe center located in 2139 fidel reyes st. manila to the brgy hall of brgy 704 manila. it has also taken in 70 out of school youth at the center and 26 students at brgy 704.
the project has finalized the implementation of its 42 week cosca als learning module. the idea is one learning strand a week will be utilized by both the center and brgy als facilitator. upon completion, they will move on to the next strand by the next week. regular dlsu students may also come in during the weekends and offer tutorial classes to the als learners based on the same learning strand.
the project was also able to provide an orientation for parents and a recollection. this is to encourage their support during the education of their children. in fact, the team was also able to establish an association of als parents.
the project has also 2 volunteer teachers aside from the 3 project staff. it is also complemented by 12 christian brothers who provide lasallian spirituality sessions.
its finally out. the results of the equivalency test for als academic year 2012 - 2013 came out this march 2013. from the 63 dlsu als enrollees, only 33 students were deemed eligible to take the said examinations and from this number 15 als learners passed with flying colors. this means that the 14 students are now certified to have fulfilled all requirements of the secondary education and can be extended the opportunity to take either vocational courses or college. the remaining student can now take secondary education in any public school or still opt to take als secondary level.
using the learnings from the als batch 1 activities, the dlsu als project will be enhancing its procedures and processes to increase the probability of als learners passing the equivalency test. this include the hiring of a fulltime als specialist/facilitator who will be in-charge of providing sessions to the students, extending the number of school days to accomodate more sessions designed to inculcate the rudiments of learning and improvement of facilities to stimulate learning.
based on the drop in enrollees from january to march of this year, 77 students have signified to join als batch 2 at the center this april 2013. cosca in partnership with the brgy 704 manila council will also take on 26 als students from their area. we are also planning to take on street families/dwellers (adults and children) to be part of the project.
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the alternative learning system project being implemented by the center for social concern and action and the department of education through the pablo gomez public school conducted various activites for its students last dec 2012. these included the following: christmas lantern making; christmas carolling within the campus of the university; holding of a christmas party; and the distribution of xmas items to the street families along the main thoroughfares of manila.
a total of 40 students also under took the equivalency test during this period. the months of nov and dec were utilized as review sessions. in addition, the lasallian brothers/aspirants provided recollections to the test takers in the hope that they become not only mentally prepared but also spiritually ready for the examinations.
plans for jan 2013 include the following: continued self enhancement/development workshop; skills development training; and basic computer skills.
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