To strengthen the delivery of the Alternative Learning System in Region 9, ING, UNICEF, and Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU) launched the Educational Leadership and Management Course (ELMC) for Alternative Learning System Implementers of Zamboanga del Norte.

A total of 45 ALS Implementers holding leadership positions underwent the first module on January 27-February 1, 2020, focusing on “Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century” at Garden inn, Dipolog City.

The ELMC is a pilot implementation in Zamboanga del Norte with a four-module course that will capacitate the ALS Implementers with the necessary managerial and leadership skills that will help them better serve the learners of this region.  

Dorothy Joann Lei Rabajante Ph.D and Romeo Rabajante Jr. of AdZU trained the participants on cognitive and conative skills for the 21st century, flipped learning approach, and gamification and interactive learning, among other sessions. 

“We are so blessed that ING and UNICEF chose to support us, through the help of Ateneo de Zamboanga through the SUGPAT Program. This will really help us in improving ourselves for our clientele, the out-of-school youth of Zamboanga del Norte,” ALS Focal Person Dr. Leynie Boy Belino said. 

The course includes core, elective and school-based modules on curriculum adaption and innovation, effective school leadership and management, and the development of critical and creative thinking educators.

Lead trainer Dorothy Joann Lei Rabajante Ph.D said that we are in a generation where technology and innovations are rampantly growing, “because of these changes, the needs of our learners are also changing, and with all these needs, the teachers also need to upgrade their approaches and look into what our current learners’ needs are,” she continued.

The end goal of the course is for ALS program specialists and district ALS coordinators to achieve a paradigm shift and transform them from hierarchical managers to visionary leaders with the ultimate aim of improving their learning and to strengthen the delivery of ALS in Zamboanga del Norte.

One of the highlights of the training was the growth mindset, according to Ma. Lourdes Eribal, the Siocon District ALS Coordinator, and one of the participants of the ELMC; “I experienced in my classes when I gave tasks, my students tell me that they cannot do it because they do not know how. I usually just ignore them. When in fact I should not have ignored them, rather, I should have given them more time to motivate them to prove to them that they can grow.”

The Educational Leadership and Management Course is ladderized to a Master of Arts Degree in Education Major in Educational Leadership at Ateneo de Zamboanga University and implements a graduate school grading system that participants need to pass and complete.

The ELMC is under the Power for Youth Project, a project of ING and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), implemented by Ateneo de Zamboanga University – SUGPAT program, in partnership with the Department of Education – Alternative Learning System of Zamboanga del Norte.

The Power for Youth project focuses on strengthening the delivery of the Alternative Learning System through innovation of learning materials and strategies and providing specialized trainings to ALS Implementers.

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