101 OUT OF SCHOOL YOUTH TAKE FUNCTIONAL LITERACY TEST FOR SUGPAT ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL FOR PEACEBUILDING AND THE ARTS
Last August 20, 2016, 101 out-of-school youth took the Functional Literacy Test (FLT) for the SUGPAT Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts (SUGPAT-ALSPA). The FLT was held at the Campion Lecture Hall and was administered by Engr. Eulalyn R. Fernandez (Focal person for ALS Division, DepEd Zamboanga) and Arlene Ledesma (Director of Ateneo Peace Institute). The SUGPAT team headed by Kiko Miranda (Director of ACCA), Rogin Christ Eribal (Program Officer), Lennie Nidea (Project Manager for SUGPAT) and Amihan Jumalon (Visual Artist) stood as proctors and interviewers for the FLT.
The FLT is a required aptitude test for the Alternative Learning System of DepEd. The test aims to measure the learner’s literacy level in reading, writing, and computational skills. From the FLT, the evaluators will know what learning level is fit for the learner based on the results of the FLT.
For the SUGPAT-ALSPA, learners who are ranked in the Secondary learning level will proceed to the second phase of the selection process which is the Talent Test. The learners who ranked in the Basic Literacy, Lower Elementary, and Advanced Elementary learning levels will be endorsed to the respective District ALS Coordinator (DALSC) of the Community Learning Center (CLC) nearest to their barangay.
The Talent Test will further rank the learners based on their chosen field of specialization (Visual Arts or Theatre Arts). The ACCA will award 30 artistically inclined and talented out-of-school youth with an art scholarship to SUGPAT-ALSPA.
SUGPAT-ALSPA’s vision is straightforward and promising. The privileges of this program are set to transform an ordinary youth to be an effective member of the community.
Gianafae Andrion, Communications Officer for ACCA-SUGPAT shared, “Through the arts, we envision our adolescents to cultivate a positive future amidst poverty and hardship; through SUGPAT we dream dreams with our youth who at some point lost their own.”
According to the Department of Education, in 2008, it was estimated that 40.95 million or 45% of the total Philippine population did not complete basic education. Among the target groups, 27.53 million are 15 years old and above. Specifically, this group of marginalized learners consists of street children, indigenous peoples, farmers, fisherfolks, women, adolescents, solo parents, children in conflict areas not reached by the formal school system, rebel returnees, and others.1
1 ALS FAQ. (n.d.). Retrieved August 22, 2016, from http://www.deped.gov.ph/als/faq