The Department of Education, Balanga City, is an advocate of the
Alternative Learning System (ALS), then, the Non-Formal Education
(NFE). The ALS is an intervention for Education For All (EFA), which
aims to address the poor and disadvantaged Out-of-School Youth (OSY)
and adults. The ALS provides learning opportunities to make them
literate, productive and self-sustained that would alleviate their
It cannot be denied that because of high
degree of poverty, some students have to earn a living for survival.
So, they are deprived of the benefits of formal schooling. They could
not afford to go to school everyday. However, through ALS, these
students can still attend class using Modules/Learning Kits during
their free time before or after they work. ALS has devised its own
school calendar considering the planting and harvesting season of some
farm communities. With the modules at hand, the learners study their
lessons even while they spend days away from school. In cases where
learners tend to drop out because of some reasons or another, ALS pave
the way to accommodate such students and therefore they would no longer
be considered drop-out, but a learner of ALS who continues to study and
finish a course.
ALS learners are given the opportunity to take
the Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Test which allows passers
to pursue college education. Likewise, graduates of ALS have gone
abroad for employment because of the life-long skills gained that match
with job opportunities therein. Further, ALS has increased
participation of adults in their political and social responsibilities
such as local and national elections, barangay affairs/activities
because they can now read and write through ALS literacy program.
the dividends gained through the ALS program are priceless considering
it as Basic Education that is affordable even to the poorest of the
poor, and marketable that enables the clientele to learn and raise the
quality of his life. Hence, ALS saves.