Launch of Tech4ED program at ALS advocacy forum
--By Simone Hockins
The Alternative Learning System (ALS) celebrated the 2nd Congressional District ALS Advocacy forum with the launching of the Technology for Education (Tech4ED) program in San Fernando on February 28.
The forum, held at the Municipal Civic Center, brought together various PSDS', school heads, ALS implementers and learners to discover more about ALS advocacy programs and projects.
It also celebrated the launch of an advocacy program – the Tech4ED program in the San Fernando district.
Tech4ED provides marginalized out-of-school children and adults (OSY/A) more opportunities through technology-based education. Part of the program, eEduSkills, enables students to gain a high school diploma through informal education.
The program was launched in partnership with the San Fernando District ALS Coordinator Ma'am Rosa Alma Olitoquit and other implementers, and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICT).
The special guest was the Cluster Director of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sir Reynaldo T. Sy, who outlined all the elements of the program.
As well as eEduSkills, the Tech4ED program includes digital employment opportunities, industry partnerships providing students with evaluations for job-readiness, an agriculture program that obtains real-time information and prices of the market for farmers, cooperatives, agribusiness and food processors, a digital marketplace enabling new competitors to enter the market, including rural communities, and a government service providing citizens with services and information.
The Education Program Specialists (EPS-II) Sonny Taugan and Mildred Prades, who were the Master and Lady of the ceremony, highlighted the importance of programs like Tech4ED in making education more accessible for OSY/A in the farthest flung barangays in Camarines Sur.
"One strategy is to strengthen advocacy and social mobilization
efforts," Ma'am Mildred said.
The EPS-II Edgar A. Tabagan, who was the ALS advocacy Caravan focal person, also spoke at the event about ALS programs and projects. EPS- II Mercy S. Castillo presented the opening prayer.
The Vice Mayor, the Honorable Aristeo A. Ragay, welcomed guests and promoted the ALS system as he comes from a poor background himself.
"That’s why I can relate," he said.
The former ALS graduate, Merly L. Tatad, who is a passer CUM Laude at Ateneo De Naga University and a Philippines Digitial Literacy for Women Ambassador, gave a motivational speech to inspire ALS learners at the event.
Further celebrations continued in a far-flung barangay of Ngaran in San Fernando.
Center and Alternative Center Managers together with their School Heads during giving of designations