Written by Princess  Shahanee Daug When asked about his most memorable experience about teaching in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) in Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte, Elmer “Jun” Baguio Jr. smiled as he reminisced: “Umakyat ng bundok (Going to the mountains).” “Doon ko na-realize na pag pinuntahan mo pala yung learners  lalo  na  pag  na  sa …

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Written by Engelbert Bahia “Ako ang nagturong sumula’t bumasa. Ngayon, marunong na sila,” an Alternative Learning System (ALS) implementer cheerfully said.  Beneath the scorching sun is mobile teacher Abundio “Bunz” Taman, Jr. who is making his way to deliver the worksheets of his students in Sitio Lingatongan, Zamboanga del Norte. This area, according to him,…

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Written by Nicolo Nathan O. Macoy “Nakamata na bitaw sila.”  This was how teacher Lourdes Eribal described her students’ interest in “pagiging kusa” (their own volition) to enroll and learn in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Program of the Department of Education.  The learners’ unwavering interest and her growing love for education are what ultimately…

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Armed with nothing but a handful of art materials, their creative spirits, and the hope for a safer Zamboanga, almost a hundred youth came together to re-imagine safe spaces in Asia’s Latin City last August 17 at Palacio del Sur, Zamboanga City. In line with the National Youth Commission’s celebration of International Youth Day with…

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A study revealed positive changes that happened to artistically-inclined and talented out-of-school youth who underwent arts and media training through Ateneo de Zamboanga’s SUGPAT Alternative School for Peace-building and the Arts. Published in the Journal of International Development, a research by Jonalou S. Labor, PhD entitled the “Role of Art Education in Peace Building Efforts…

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Seventy barangay leaders and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials gathered for the SUGPAT Barangay Leadership Program (BLP) Module 1 training session last August 2-4 and August 9-11 at the Garden Orchid Hotel. The SUGPAT-BLP is a 6-month program introducing the Bridging Leadership (BL) Framework to barangay leaders and SK officials through specialized training and workshops on…

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For their community project to out-of-school youth in Zamboanga City, Ateneo’s SUGPAT Adolescent Development and Participation Program received a P25,000 funding from the US Embassy in the Philippines and the Office of the Vice President Leni Robredo last July 16 at the Angat Buhay Youth Summit in Cagayan de Oro City. The AdZU-SUGPAT team pitched…

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To better address adolescent programming through innovative strategies, the SUGPAT Adolescent Development and Participation Program for out-of-school youth (OSY) of Zamboanga City was officially launched on June 25. The SUGPAT Adolescent Development and Participation Program of the Ateneo de Zamboanga university’s Center for Culture and the Arts in partnership with UNICEF Philippines was formally introduced…

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The SUGPAT Adolescent Development and Participation Program organized its first SUGPAT Youth Talks last June 16 at the Grand Astoria Hotel. SUGPAT Youth Talks is a regular programming of fora on topics relevant to youth development and participation. These forum aims to be a platform where different stakeholders and youth engage in relevant conversation and…

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