Ifugao mobile teacher joins study tour in Indonesia
by Dan B. Codamon
Tinoc, Ifugao (14 February) -- A mobile teacher of this municipality under the bureau of alternative learning system (bals) of the department of education recently joined the philippine delegation to the republic of indonesia for an international study tour on January 13-18.
Ms. Anita L. Gapuz of tinoc district joined the tour as representative of ifugao composed of 54 philippine delegates of which 12 are regional bals chiefs, 11 assistant regional bals chiefs and 30 other mobile teachers from other provinces of the country.
The study tour was mandated by executive order no. 455 with the objectives of providing exposures to the participants on the delivery and management of system of literacy and continuing education and the means by which the centers of learning are being effectively and profitably linked to the client communities by visiting institutions and other educational agencies of Indonesia.
According to gapuz, they arrived in jakarta, indonesia on january 14 and were met by officials of the indonesian ministry of education who gave them orientation about the country and its people.
They then proceeded to the office of the directorate general of non-formal and informal education of jakarta of which they were presented their educational system and other educational programs and projects.
The remaining five days were spent visiting the different community learning centers in some selected indonesian provinces in the elementary, secondary and senior secondary levels.
Gapuz narrated that in indonesia, they need 20 years to complete their basic education and that most of the community learning centers they visited were owned by private individuals.
She also noticed that the indonesian non-formal and informal education is similar with the philippines alternative learning system but different in implementation because some private organizations such as the rotary club of yogyakarta, indonesia support and subsidize the program on which the indonesian government anchors the implementation of their program.
I wonder if this strategy can be emulated and can work in our country, she added. (PIA Ifugao) [top]