Anchored with the main goal of determining the number of out of school youths who needed to complete basic education and to acquire the functional literacy skills for a possible route to become a productive and responsible citizen, the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Division of San Pablo City conducted a massive Literacy Mapping to survey all out-of-school youths (OSYs) and adults in all the barangays of the city.
With 19 dedicated ALS teachers who conducted the said mapping, over 1117 out- of school- youths and adults were included in the census which took place from October 2018 to April 2019. This undertaking was also in great support in the attainment of universalization of the Basic Education and the objectives of the Education for All (EFA). It also involved the participation of all barangay officials who assisted the ALS teachers during the conduct of the mapping.
During the conduct of the mapping, ALS Programs are carried out and properly explained by ALS mobile teachers. The mapped out- of- school youths are expected to enroll in ALS for SY 2019-2020 with the hopes of providing them with substantial and sufficient set of learning materials for every learning session until such time that they become proficiently literate and ready to take the accreditation and equivalency test. Mostly, they are drop-outs from formal schools, deprived of education due to poverty and those who suffered from severe illnesses in their younger age or those living in communities far from schools.
With the 100% accomplishment rate coupled with the competent monitoring team headed by the Education Program Specialists for ALS: EPSA, Henrich Yason and Norton Asacta, the said activity was indeed a great success. (Lerma M. Baldonado, PSDS-Fule Almeda District, San Pablo City)