ALTERNATIVE LEARNING SYSTEM(ALS)
What is Alternative Learning System or ALS?
It is a parallel learning system in the Philippines that provides a practical option to the existing formal instruction. When one does not have or cannot access formal education in schools, ALS is an alternate or substitute. ALS includes both the non-formal and informal sources of knowledge and skills.
Why is there a need for Alternative Learning System in the Philippines?
Many Filipinos do not have a chance to attend and finish formal basic education (Grades 1-6 and Year 1-4) due to many reasons. Some drop out from schools while some do not have schools in their communities. Since every Filipino has a right to free basic education, the Government establishes ALS to provide all Filipinos the chance to have access to and complete basic education in a mode that fits their distinct situations and needs.
What is the basis of ALS implementation in the Philippines?
The 1987 Philippine Constitution provides for the recognition and promotion of other forms of education other than formal education. Article XIV, Section 2, Paragraph (1) declares that the State shall establish, maintain and support a complete, adequate and integrated system of education relevant to the needs of the people and society; and paragraph (4) concisely encourages non-formal, informal and indigenous learning systems as well as self-learning, independent and out-of-school study programs particularly those that respond to community needs.
The Governance Act for Basic Education otherwise known as the Republic Act 9155 stipulates the establishment of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) to provide out-of-school children, youth and adults population with basic education.
SCOUTS ARE CREATING A BETTER WORLD FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES THROUGH OUR WORLD SCOUT PROGRAMMES
The Messengers of Peace (MoP) Initiative is a call to action, inspiring and sharing the message of peace with more than 20 million Scouts and young people in over a million local communities in over 160 countries to help “Create a Better World”.
With the support of His Majesty King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, the idea was conceived in 2010 and launched in 2011. This initiative is the flagship programme of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, calling its member NSOs to support the programme through Service Projects and Community Service at the grassroots level.
In the WOSM’s Network Report for the month of February 2014, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines ranks 1st in the Asia-Pacific Region in terms of Network Membership and Service Hours, with more than 3,000 members online and more than 500 Million Service Hours, respectively. Overall, we ranked Second at the World Level after Saudi Arabia.
By the end of 2014, our NSO target is to reach at least 10,000 Scouts and Leaders from BSP to take part in this world initiative. This would be possible by increasing our members, service hours and service projects uploaded and shared to the WOSM’s Messengers of Peace platform.
In support to this initiative, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines is enjoining all Local Councils and Regions to help promote “Messengers of Peace” by conductingMoP Workshops and Modules during council and regional Scouting events and observances with the help of the Council and Regional MoP Coordinators duly trained for the purpose.
Should you decide to include the Messengers of Peace Logo in your future Council and Regional Scouting events and activities, please see the links below: