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Isabela City OSYs complete literacy program

Isabela City de Basilan (4 February) -- More than a hundred out-of-school youths (OSYs) in Isabela City got the chance to receive basic education training through the Bureau of Alternative Learning System of the Department of Education.

In partnership with the City Government of Isabela, some 150 out-of-school youths ages 12-24 years old selected from 5 barangays of the city, namely: Barangays Marketsite, Baluno, Kaumpurnah, Tabuk, and Diki were trained under a 5-month basic literacy program.

Of these number, some 82 OSYs have successfully completed the program and were given certificates of completion on the Basic Literacy and Life Skills (BLISS), a mainstream program under the Save the Children-EQuALLS2 (Education Quality and Access for Learning and Livelihood Skills), funded through the USAID.

Speaking on behalf of Isabela City Mayor Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar in his message during the closing ceremony last January 29, 2009, City Administrator Ramon T. Nunal inspired the graduates along with the organizers to continue with the programs. He also assured of the City's support to a great extent to deter ignorance among those who could not afford to go to formal school.

Councilor Lolita P. Mon, Chairperson on Committee on Education congratulated the out of school youth who apparently "this could have been the first time for them to be acknowledged as graduates." She also encouraged them to learn more and pursue for more knowledge so they can be at par with those who are able to reach higher education and be successful in life.

The five (5) months training that started on August 4, 2008 have provided the graduates with instructions on reading, writing and other trainings on basic functional literacy.

Mr. Robinson Wee, Education Team Leader of the Save the Children-EQuALLs, said the program will link the graduates into a more productive purpose where it also provides them an opportunity for livelihood assistance and eventually support their family's daily living.

Generally, the efforts of USAID in the course of Save the Children-EQuALLS2 and in partnership with government, civil society, and the corporate sector have set the following goals: 1) Building foundation skills (reading and numeracy) of young students, especially in Grades 1-3; 2) Strengthening and expanding the non-formal Alternative Learning System (ALS); 3) Improving pre-service and in-service teacher training; 4) Providing livelihood training and links to employment opportunities for out-of-school youth; 5) Developing new models of distance education through TV and radio; 6) Acquiring and distributing supplementary educational resources; and 7) Encouraging policy reform and building capacity to implement it.

The Philippines, as member of the United Nations, is committed to the 2000 UN Millennium Declaration, from which goals were particularly promoted. One of which is to achieve universal primary education, which ensures that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.

Education for All is also one of the ten point agenda of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration. (Isabela City PIO/PIA-BASULTA) [top]

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