The Alternative Learning System Program of the Department of Education in the Philippines has traditionally been known as the learning program for celebrities who can not earn high school diplomas in regular schools because of the demands of their work. Most famous among these celebrities is international boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. The more meaningful facet of the program however, is the teaching and learning that takes place between a mobile teacher and his student, who may be part of the marginalized sector in the community. In areas where the learners are dropouts and adult learners who have failed to earn their high school diplomas in regular schools, the ALS program becomes more significant. This is more highly appreciated in multicultural societies like Nueva Vizcaya, which is the locale of the study. Through the narratives of mobile teachers, one gets a deeper insight as to what takes place in this program and how adult learners and dropouts finally acquire a high school diploma to enable them to pursue higher studies. The series of interviews, document scanning, analysis, and focused group discussions have elicited data that paint the real picture of the program, as the phenomenon is analyzed and seen as a means of equalizing opportunities for education to the less fortunate members of society.
|Keywords:||Alternative Learning System, Mobile Teachers, Multiculturalism|
Professor, Graduate School, College of Arts and Sciences, Nueva Vizcaya State University, Solano, Philippines
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