UNESCO donates over 100 Alternative Learning System (ALS) modules to the Philippine Ministry of Education – Philippines
April 22, 2022 marks a milestone on the path to inclusive education for the Philippines, as 100 newly developed Alternative Learning System (ALS) modules are handed over by the United Nations Educational Organization, the Science and Culture (UNESCO) in the Department of Education (DepEd). In the presence of UNESCO project partners such as representatives of DepEd, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and other key stakeholders, the official handover ceremony was successfully held at Raffles and Fairmont Makati Hotel in Manila.
This official handover event is a momentous event for the partnership of the 3 organizations – UNESCO, KOICA and DepEd in promoting inclusive quality education by strengthening non-formal education in the country with the project “ Better Life for Out-of-School Girls to Fight Poverty and Injustice in the Philippines” supported by UNESCO and funded by KOICA.
The newly developed ESL modules include 50 National Teachers’ Guides that will provide ESL teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver lessons to ESL learners effectively, and 50 National Workbooks for Students aligned with the six strands of learning: communication skills in English and Filipino, scientific and critical thinking, mathematical and problem-solving skills, life and career skills, understanding of self and society, and digital literacy.
Mr. Kim Eunsub, Country Director of KOICA Philippines, mentioned in his remarks that KOICA is committed to ensuring the right to education for all by strengthening the education system in partner countries, including support for education programs to prevent learning loss for vulnerable groups. such as girls and out-of-school youth. He said that despite the significant challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the new ALS modules finally approved by DepEd are ready to be used, to improve the quality of ALS across the Philippines.
In his remarks accepting the 100 newly developed ALS modules handed over by UNESCO to DepEd, Asst. Alternative Learning System Secretary GH Ambat stressed the importance of providing an updated curriculum and ALS learning resources for teachers and learners. She added that the ESL modules have become the primary and essential delivery modality used by learners as a way to equip them with skills to contribute to themselves and to community nation building. Dr Mee Young Choi, Head of Education Unit of UNESCO Jakarta, on behalf of Dr Mohamed Djelid, Director of UNESCO Office in Jakarta, expressed his sincere gratitude to all partners for their unwavering support in the development of new ALS modules.
The new modules, as ALS learning resources, contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 4, especially for out-of-school girls, ensuring their right and access to inclusive, equitable and safe education. quality.