Last September, the team of AdZU-SUGPAT conducted its first and second round of monitoring visits in the Community Learning Centers (CLC) of Zamboanga del Norte to check on the progress on the Power for Youth Worksheets.
“This monitoring will allow us to track the progress of the project by getting information on-ground first hand,” explained Rogin Eribal, Training Officer of SUGPAT, on the importance of the CLCs visits in the province.
Eribal added that the need for this visit is to make sure that the program is able to provide assistance to their partners in progress — the ALS teachers and learners, for them to be able to benefit more from the project.
The team visited 10 CLCs in the province; visiting two learning centers per cluster.
The second round of visits followed after a week where the team visited Sindangan, Tampilisan, Siocon, Sirawai, and Kalawit.
For the first round of visits, the team visited the CLCs in Sitio Balubohan, Canibongan, Guinles, and Teresita.
Immid added that during the monitoring visits, he felt and experienced the passion of the ALS teachers in making their learners realize that their dreams matter and that the teachers are there to guide them throughout their journey. “As part of the SUGPAT team, I felt so welcomed. Their hospitality overflows. They made me feel like we are part of their family, and not just simply partners in this mission,” he said.
“The monitoring visits made me feel how it is like to be an ALS Implementer. It grounded me to our mission in strengthening the delivery of ALS in Zamboanga del Norte,” Assistant Training Officer Abmel Immid said, sharing his experience during the monitoring visits.
One of the highlights of the visits was finding out the best practices of the ALS teachers in implementing the worksheets more effectively, according to Eribal. “These innovations and creative adaptation of our teachers should be highlighted as these show their resilience and determination to deliver improved quality education to ALS learners.”
“We are also very grateful that our ALS learners are learning from the worksheet that their teachers made,” he added. Their lessons include financial literacy which teaches them skills such as how to save, where to save, and how to do a weekly budget.
The monitoring was made possible through the support and the assistance of Dr. Isabelita M. Borres, Regional Director of the Department of Education Region 9, Pedro Melchor M. Natividad Assistant Regional Director, Susan S. Bellido, Regional ALS Focal Person, Leynie Boy Bellino, ALS Focal Person, Carl Moog, UNICEF Education Officer, the District Supervisors, Education Program Specialists for ALS (EPSAs), District ALS Coordinators (DALSCs), Mobile Teachers, barangay officials of the community learning centers, and the AdZU School of Education.
The monitoring visit is part of a series of sessions that SUGPAT aims to hold in the next couple of months to strengthen the delivery of the Alternative Learning System through the Power for Youth Project.
UNICEF and ING Power for Youth Project, implemented by AdZU SUGPAT, in partnership with the Department of Education Alternative Learning System, aims to enhance the system surrounding the delivery of flexible learning modalities, particularly in Region 9. The target out-of-school learners will be those enrolled in the DepED Alternative Delivery System (ALS) specifically in the province of Zamboanga Del Norte, which has the highest number of out-of-school youth in the region.
The program will support the Department of Education’s development thrust to enhance the current Alternative Delivery System (ALS) programme strategies, teaching approaches and learning materials towards better learning and development of 21st century skills among learners in the ALS. There will be deliberate links on the flexible learning interventions and that of the platforms for youth engagement to ensure that the goal for youth empowerment is achieved. ##