ACCA PREPARES FOR SUGPAT ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL FOR PEACEBUILDING AND THE ARTS; UNDERGOES ALS TRAINING WITH DEPED
The Ateneo Center for Culture and the Arts is preparing to launch its SUGPAT Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts (SUGPAT-ALSPA) through an Alternative Learning System (ALS) training from the Department of Education.
Last August 15-17, 2016, master trainers from the Department of Education Alternative Learning Systems Program conducted a 3-day Trainer’s Training to the SUGPAT team which focused on understanding the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of DepEd, the approaches in teaching ALS, the ALS curriculum, Baranggay Mapping of prospective learners, methodology of conducting ALS, monitoring and evaluation procedures of ALS, counselling, roles and functions of an implementing manager (IM), and a Demo Teaching session. The training team was headed by Engr. Eulalyn R. Fernandez (Focal person for ALS Division, DepEd Zamboanga), Benilda S. Bagobo (Master Teacher I, DALSC Mercedes), Josefina R. Macario (Master Teacher II, DALSC Vitali District), Danilo D. Tolentino (Education Prog. Specialist II – SDO) and, Nobleto B. Onnagan Jr. (Education Prog. Specialist II-SDO).
Present in the training were members of the SUGPAT team namely Kiko Miranda (Director of ACCA), Arlene Ledesma (Director of Ateneo Peace Institute), Rogin Christ Eribal (Program Officer), Lennie Nidea (Project Manager for SUGPAT), and AmihanJumalon (Visual Artist).
The training was part of the requirements of DepEd for organizations accredited to offer the ALS program to the Out-of-School Youth (OSY) in Zamboanga City.
ACCA will be launching its SUGPAT Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts, a special alternative learning center for artistically inclined and talented out-of-school youth in Zamboanga City. SUGPAT-ALSPAwill be implementing a special secondary alternative learning system curriculum integrating the DepEd ALS curriculum and the ADZU Peace Education Curriculum through two major art tracks: Visual Arts (Painting) and Theatre Arts.
“This is an ambitious project for ACCA, UNICEF, and DepEd. An art school plus ALS plus Peacebuilding for our OSY who dropped out of high school. ACCA is beyond grateful to UNICEF, DepEd and ADZU for trusting us to create and spearhead this pioneering model in Zamboanga City.” said Kiko Miranda, Director of ACCA and artist-mentor for the Theatre Arts track of SUGPAT-ALSPA.
ACCA will be awarding 30 OSY from around Zamboanga City with an 8-month scholarship to SUGPAT-ALSPA. The scholarship will cover for the scholars’ food, training, uniform, art supplies, and learning materials. Learners who complete the program are eligible to take the Acceleration and Equivalency (A&E) exam of DepEd. When they pass the A&E exam, they will be awarded a Certificate of Completion for Junior High School.
“For the first time the ALS division of the DepEd of Zamboanga City has tied up with a partner that came up with an idea that not only develops one aspect of the child, which is education, but aims to develop the child’s total personality.” Engr. Fernandez told the SUGPAT team during the last day of the training.
She further shared, “We would like to say our end product here is to come up with leaders of the community and you being the person responsible for giving them an avenue or opportunity, that’s something big.”
A Functional Literacy Test (FLT) will be administered this coming August 20, 2016 at the Campion Lecture Hall. Applicants who will pass the FLT will proceed to the Talent Test and background check before the team decides who to award the scholarship to. ACCA will officially launch SUGPAT-ALSPA on September 7, 2016 at the Carlos Dominguez Conference Hall, Fr Eusebio Salvador Campus, Ateneo de Zamboanga University.
SUGPAT-ALSPA aims to train and hone future community artists, cultural leaders, and peace builders. Aside from academic and artistic training, SUGPAT-ALSPA provides its learners with opportunities to develop their social and life skills that will contribute to their development as artists-advocates for and with others working together towards a shared vision of an empowered out-of-school youth sector.