Over 300 Alternative Learning System (ALS) implementers from Zamboanga Peninsula completed the five-day, intensive online training course, strengthening their teaching skills in the global pandemic context.

The training, labeled UPSKILL: Shaping the New Normal for the Alternative Learning System, is an accelerated online training for ALS implementers in the Zamboanga Peninsula–ALS Focal Persons, Education Program Specialists for ALS, District ALS Coordinators, and Mobile Teachers. It was held in three batches and ran from September 1-15, 2020.

Ateneo de Zamboanga University’s (AdZU) SUGPAT Program, partnered with the Department of Education ALS, UNICEF Philippines, and ING in implementing the training.

AdZU President Fr Karel San Juan SJ confers his support to the training saying, “This project shows our commitment to innovation, to cope and adjust to the times. The skills you will learn in this training are important in this new online learning and teaching platform. We remain committed to this very creative and innovative partnership. We will continue to work together so that our youth will benefit from this wonderful program of the Department of Education.”

No teacher should be left behind.

“My gratitude to all the trainers. Thank you for nurturing my ALS Teachers. To my ALS Teachers, no teacher should be left behind…this will scale up your pedagogy and commitment with the Department of Education,” Dr Isabelita Borres, DepEd Region-9 Director, said during UPSKILL’s opening.

DepEd Assistant Secretary for ALS GH Ambat said, “Ang remote learning ay hindi po bago sa DepEd ALS. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa programang ito, ng upskilling ng ating mga teachers dahil ito po ay tugon sa ating mga plano. Nagiging advance ang napakarami nating plano through this training.”

UPSKILL-ing for the new normal

UPSKILL aims to bridge the limitations and restraints in teaching caused by the community quarantine in different areas using learning delivery modalities that do not require face-to-face interactions with their learners as set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

Engaged with the AdZU Center for Teacher Education, the training program caters to eight (8) school divisions of the Zamboanga Peninsula. It aims to deliver three (3) modules: Action Research in ALS, which equips the teachers with research skills to solve issues in the new learning deliveries, Flipped Learning Approach, which focuses on understanding the instructional delivery framework in distance learning in the ALS Context, and Self-Regulated Learning which will help learners be independent and self-regulated through modular instruction. The training runs with three batches of implementation.

UNICEF Philippines Chief of Education Isy Faingold pledged support to the program commending the efforts to reach those who have a second chance in life.

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