More out-of-school girls to benefit from ALS

MANILA-- More out-of-school girls will benefit from the Department of Education's (DepEd) Alternative Learning System (ALS) as the agency has partnered with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for the "Better Life for Out-of-School Girls to Fight Against Poverty and Injustice in the Philippines project.

The project, which will be piloted in Tacloban City and in Palo, Leyte, aims to help improve the quality of life for girls living in poverty through the establishment and operation of a Girls Education Center.

Education is a basic human right enshrined, protected, and promoted by the Philippine Constitution, but gender-based disadvantage is a reality that Filipinas, especially the youth, still encounter," DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said in a statement.

She added that the agency is thankful to its partner organizations in helping DepEd reach learners who are isolated because of their personal circumstances.

According to DepEd, the project is anchored on a study that identified a multitude of challenges faced by learners, especially girls, resulting in dropping out of schools.

"These setbacks include economic, health, and social factors, among others," DepEd said.

It added that the project targets to increase the passing rate among out-of-school girls who took the Accreditation and Equivalency (A and E) test after completing the ALS.

Furthermore, the USD 6 million project seeks to improve the quality of instructional knowledge and skills of ALS mobile teachers, and also implement the use of K to 12 ALS teaching and learning materials for out-of-school girls.

"The project responds to current reforms being implemented in the Philippine educational system. This year, the roll out of Grade 12 in Senior High School saw the full implementation of the K to 12 curriculum. UNESCO, with its experiences, expertise, and network of experts in education, extends its support to us," shared DepEd.

For his part, Korean Ambassador Kim Jae-Shin noted that education is a cornerstone of sustainable and equitable development.

"In particular, appropriate educational services for vulnerable classes, such as out-of-school girls, are essential for enhancing social inclusion and welfare," he added.

Likewise, UNESCO Jakarta Office Director Shahbaz Khan said UNESCO is committed in supporting the Philippine government, through DepEd, in its efforts towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal 4 or Quality Education.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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