After almost three years of implementing the Power for Youth Project in Zamboanga del Norte, the SUGPAT Program of Ateneo de Zamboanga University, implementing partner in the Power for Youth Project of UNICEF and ING, visited the province to monitor and document how the Power for Youth initiatives for the Alternative Learning System (ALS) are being used in the province.
Last December 13 and 14, the SUGPAT Team, along with Ma. Melizza Tan and Isy Faingold of UNICEF Philippines, Jeffrey Millena and Clarisa Toribio of Bureau of Alternative Education (BAE), and Karleen Zambas of People Systems Consultancy, visits ALS Community Learning Centers (CLC) in Zamboanga del Norte.
A total of eight CLCs were visited: Barangay Dos, Katipunan CLC, Barangay Tuburan, Katipunan CLC, Barangay Nabilid, Roxas CLC, Barangay Lipras, Manukan CLC, Barangay Linay, Manukan CLC, Gutalac, ALS Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) CLC in Labason, a Jail CLC in Liloy, and a CLC in Tampilisan.
The team was also able to visit an ALS Farm in Lingasad, Polanco.
“We were fortunate to be able to join the trainings conducted by SUGPAT, supported by UNICEF and ING. We were able to write contextualized worksheets. These worksheets really help us in the field. The modules we used before were so thick and bulky. The power for youth worksheets are more precise and really connects with my learners,” Jermie Cudo, District ALS Coordinator of Gutalac District, Zamboanga del Norte said as she shares her insights how the worksheets helped them in implementing ALS.
MAPA Certificate of Training and DTI seed grant distribution
Aside from visiting ALS community learning centers (CLC) last December 13 to 15, the team also distributed the certificate of training of the MAPA Participants as well as the certificate of claimant from DTI for the seed funding worth Php 8,000 they will be receiving to help them kickstart their business.
The MAPA Program is an entrepreneurship program where young people are trained to improve their income-generation capacity by equipping them with entrepreneurial and financial skills. This is in partnership with People Systems Consultancy, The SUGPAT Program of Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Zamboanga del Norte Youth Development Alliance, UNICEF, and ING.
Meeting with Zamboanga del Norte Governor Uy
On December 13, the team was also able to meet with the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Governor, Roberto Uy, to report milestones of the Power for Youth Program for the past three years of its implementation in Zamboanga del Norte. During the meeting, all activities under the Power for Youth program were presented to the governor. ##