Description of ALS Programs Implemented in the Schools Division of Batangas City
The Schools Division of Batangas City particularly the Alternative Learning System (ALS) has been implementing various programs and projects to cater to the learning needs of the marginalized group of learners, the out-of-school children (OSC), out-of-school youths (OSYs) and even the out-of-school adults (OSAs). ALS programs implemented in the division are:
- Basic Literacy Program (BLP)
The Basic Literacy Program is a program aimed at eradicating illiteracy among out-of-school youths and adults (in extreme cases school-aged children) by developing basic literacy skills of reading, writing and numeracy.
- Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Program
The Accreditation and Equivalency Program is a program aimed at providing an alternative pathway of learning for out-of-school children, youth and adults who are basically literate but who have not completed the 10 years of basic education mandated by the Philippine Constitution. Through this program, school dropouts are able to complete elementary and high school education outside the formal school system.
Every year, DepEd-ALS, Batangas City maps an average of more or less 2,000 learners interested to enrol in ALS – A&E program.
It is a convergence program that is being undertaken by a consortium of various national government agencies, and non-government organizations (NGOs) and institution under the leadership of DepEd and the National Youth Commission (NYC).
The Schools Division of Batangas City formally launched the Abot-Alam program in March 2015 at the Mabini Park, Batangas City. This was participated in by the different section chiefs and department heads of the city government of Batangas City. Program partners who pledged to support this program are the CCYA for the employment ad scholarship program, OCVAS for the skills training of interested clientele and DepEd Alternative Learning system (ALS) for the education of the potential learners. These agencies have shown great and sincere intentions to strongly support the Abot-Alam motto that is, “Walang kabataang Maiiwan!”