Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Isang Pangarap: Reflecting on the Alternative Learning System in Valenzuela City


Schools are quite busy again. It has also been several months since One Valenzuela, together with a classmate, visited and interviewed Valenzuelanos who form part of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) in Valenzuela City for their Reading class project. To give you readers a general perspective, ALS is a program for individuals who were not able to finish their elementary and secondary school studies. After completing a series of class sessions and passing an examination, they are then allowed to pursue higher levels of education.
The Alternative Learning System Building of Valenzuela City
There, One Valenzuela and her classmate learned that there were 148,968 students from kindergarten to secondary school in Valenzuela City in 2015. Other than that, 1,814 are studying under the ALS Program in the city and from there, 168 are in the elementary level while 1,646 are in the secondary school level. Upon further online research, they also gathered that Valenzuela City was also able to top the Accreditation and Equivalency (A and E) test given to ALS learners (see article: Valenzuela City Tops Accreditation and Equivalency Test for ALS Learners).
ALS learners are asked to write essays about their ambitions in life.
One Valenzuela and her classmate were able to interview Ms. Charry Villanueva of DepEd-Valenzuela. Here, they learned that there are 33 ALS centers in the various barangays of Valenzuela City. Literacy and livelihood skills are taught in class which are useful in their daily needs. It is also worth mentioning that adult learners who were able to pass and get excellent remarks in the A and E test are given incentives by the Local Government Unit of Valenzuela City for doing a job well done. Additionally, they visited two ALS centers- the class of Sir Henri in Valenzuela City Jail which is composed of male inmates and then the class of Ms. Aurora Ocampo in Malanday which is composed of a merry mix of teenagers, adults, and senior citizens. Both ALS Centers cater to unique sets of learners which have different learning needs. One Valenzuela and her classmate interviewed several learners from both classes to get a profounder glimpse of their goals in learning and experiences while undergoing the program.
A day in the ALS classroom with Mam Au and her students in Brgy. Malanday.
Sir Henri prepares his lesson for the day at the Valenzuela City Jail.
Surface information about the Alternative Learning System is all what One Valenzuela has before proceeding with the activity. Hence, immersing in the said field was indeed an enlightening one. A deep connection between the teachers and the learners was also present. One Valenzuela sensed the learners’ earnest desire to learn and the ALS instructors’ yearning for the learners to reach their educational aspirations. The commitment to reach their dreams, which together with the whole group form one collective goal, is spirited and certainly inspiring. 
Mrs. Zenaida Macapagal, 71, took ALS classes in Malanday to get her long sought diploma. One Valenzuela is happy to announce that Mommy Aida passed the recently held A & E test and will be pursuing a course in Valenzuela Polytechnic College.
The Alternative Learning System in Valenzuela City is a prevailing proof that adults who dream that they finished their education when they were younger can still pursue their studies and get their diplomas. Together with the support of the local community, one’s determined pangarap can,without doubt, turn into reality.
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Sincerest thanks to DepEd-Valenzuela,Valenzuela City Jail, the ALS instructors, and learners. To all ALS Learners, keep striving. To all who passed the recent A & E Test, congratulations!

3 comments:

  1. Good day po. . .
    Ask ko lang po kung pwde pa po mg enroll. . .
    Thanks. . .

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  2. Good day po. . .
    Ask ko lang po kung pwde pa mg enroll sa als malanday. . .
    Thanks

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    1. Mainam po na mag-inquire doon po ng direkta.Palagay ko po ay maganda ang inyong goal. Keep it up po!

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