Reaching Underserved Communities through a Mobile Community Learning Center
Project Launch: 11/9/16
Roxas City is located on the northern coast of Panay Island, Philippines. The Alternate Learning System is a program run under the auspices of the Philippine Government that seeks to offer instruction and literacy classes to non-traditional learners, individuals who have left school to work and raise families, as well as those disconnected from public instruction. This project proposes the acquisition of a sidecar so that mobile teachers who go into the field (via motorcycle) to offer classes have materials and technology to make teaching and learning more effective.
Project Update: 2/10/17
The sidecar addition that will enable supplies to be conveyed from home to home is halfway done. Completion is expected by month's end.
Final Report: 7/11/17
The sidecar and integrated mobile center were constructed. Secondary reading materials and ALS modules were catalogued and, working with the Division Office librarian, a check-out system was implemented to ensure their sustained ALS program. An orientation was sponsored by and held for the Division Office, which allowed supervisors, administrators, and related officials to become acquainted with the project, establish buy-in, and provide feedback and recommendations. Following the orientation, a workshop-training was conducted by the ALS team to action plan remaining tasks, workshop instructional innovations, and concretize policies and procedures for the center’s daily use and security.
The orientation was held in three barangays to familiarize the communities with the center, advocate for the ALS program and enrollment, and introduce learners to the newly-available resources and materials. The center is being used daily by the mobile teachers, who are excited to integrate the new material into their lessons!
“The project has most significantly provided out-of-school women and children with accessibility to learning resources. Most female and child learners are not able to attend the Alternative Learning System’s center-based class in the city due to an inability to pay for transportation, commitments at home, or an economic need to work. Often they are left with short lessons at their homes or communities without the ability to self-study due to a lack of books and ALS modules to borrow. The Mobile Community Learning Center now allows these undeserved learners to borrow modules and books. Additionally, they are receiving more differentiated lessons incorporating exposure to multimedia and IT skills. ”
– James, Peace Corps Volunteer
“Using the center as an advocacy tool has increased women and children’s awareness of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) program. The center has also helped women and children in accessing learning materials (modules, books), which are especially not available to them due to social and economic barriers. We hope that the increased access to resources and innovative lessons will help our women and children learners to graduate from ALS so they can have more control over their futures and livelihood. ”
– Jelyn, Project Leader
“I am very happy that this project was implemented in our community. The project has helped us in our studies. Even though we study in the Alternative Learning System (ALS), we still have hope that we can one day become successful. I really enjoy using the center’s resources. Thank you so much!”
– Ardon, Project Participant
“In the past, we had little resources in our class. We merely read modules and talked amongst ourselves. I really enjoy the lessons using the IT equipment. I love to read the books at my house and watch videos about different topics [in our lessons]. Thank you!”
– Eremark, Project Participant
“I cannot attend classes in the [center of the] city because I have work and the fare is too expensive. Classes in our barangay, however, are more enjoyable now and I love to read the books and modules. Someday I will graduate from ALS but for now I am enjoying my studies.”
– Raymart, Project Participant
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