Educating Dropouts and Adult Learners through the Alternative Learning System: Equalizing Opportunities for Education in a Multicultural Society

By Loreta Vivian Ramel-Galima.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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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

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 9, pp.159-166. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 757.095KB).

Dr. Loreta Vivian Ramel-Galima

Professor, Graduate School, College of Arts and Sciences, Nueva Vizcaya State University, Solano, Philippines

Dr. Ramel-Galima is a professor at the Nueva Vizcaya State University Bayombong Campus. Her 30 years of work there was not exclusively devoted to teaching, because she was also the chair of the Social Sciences and Humanities Department for more than 10 years, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for 3 years, and faculty adviser of the official student publication for many years. She considers her work as coach and trainer of student leaders competing in national and international contests as the best gains from her career as teacher, because of the success of those whom she trained and guided in a span of 30 years of work. She has also been invited to present papers in national and international conferences, and has authored and co-authored coursebooks and articles. She was also a contributor to the book entitled Organizational Culture and Symbolism in the Philippines, which was published by the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2008. Dr. Ramel-Galima obtained her BA, MA in Asian studies, and Ph.D. in Philippine studies all from the University of the Philippines. Her disciplines are philosophy, political science, and anthropology. Her research interests include society and culture, organizational culture, migration, multilingual and multicultural education, politics, and human rights.

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