WALKING THE TALK. SDS Joy Fernandez (in red) spearheading the initiatives for Isabela City Alternative Learning System.
In its bid to foster the value of resiliency among ALS learners and their parents in this pandemic period, the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Program of Isabela Division has collaborated with a local NGO partner-Isabela Foundation Incorporated (IFI) through Project ARAL (Adapting Resiliency and Accessibility Among Learners).
It aimed to cater a total of 78 ALS learners and their parents through a specialized learning session using Radio-Based Instruction (RBI) to build their resiliency skills. Each of the learners will be given a transistor radio by IFI where they can access the radio lessons from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon over DXNO Radio Komunidad de Isabela every Monday of the week.
This initiative of involving the parents as IFI’s Executive Director, Ms. Margarita A. Auxtero explained during her courtesy call with the Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Julieto H. Fernandez on January 14, is rooted on the belief that by engaging them actively in the learing process of their children, will put them in the best position to better guide and influence their children’s social behavior.
As part of the initiatives, project recipients will go through process orientation to prepare them for the program. Modules that will be used for the RBI will be contextualized in local languages to facilitate understanding. A training on contextualization involving ALS Implementers and IFI staff who will be tapped to serve as radio anchors will also be conducted. Technical training and other supports will also be mobilized from member agencies of the Isabela City Development Alliance (ICYDA) of which IFI and DepED-ALS are active regular members.
This project was made possible through the financial support amounting to P250,000 from Education Development Center (EDC) of the USAID under the Opportunity 2.0 Grant.
Project-ARAL will run for six months and will end by June this year.