The 2003 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS) revealed that one out of ten Filipinos, 10 to 64 years old are completely illiterate. Meaning 5.2 million Filipinos cannot read and write simple words or sentences in any language and around 9.6 million who could read or write but could not comprehend a full paragraph consisting of a few sentences as well as lack of certain numeracy skills and basic communication skills.
In the 2003 Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FEIS) further reports that about 44.5% of household heads have had at most elementary education; another 33.9% reached secondary level; and 21.6% have gone to college with less that half earning a college degree.
Poor and disadvantaged areas mostly rural and remote communities reflect high incidence of education disadvantage – particularly indigenous people’s communities in remote upland areas.
Anchored from the principle of the Right to Education for All, This project aims to address the basic learning needs of youths and adults who missed the opportunity to finish their formal education in their school age years. It also a continuing learning opportunity for adults who want to develop further their literacy skills.
This is done through regular learning sessions in communities and learning centers. Participatory and creative processes are central in the facilitation of learning sessions.
Learning activities are typically integrated with a specific learning theme relevant to the learner's situation. The program uses in-house, modular and computer-based learning approaches using a variety of methodologies under the frame of "action-reflection experience".
This program is closely linked with the DepEd's Alternative Learning System (ALS) program.
What is the ALS?
The Alternative Learning System Program of the Department of Education thru its Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) is an alternative mode of delivery of basic education for those who cannot access formal education in schools. It is also a second chance education for those who missed their formal schooling during their school age years.The ALS curriculum follows five learning strands: Communication Skills;Problem Solving and Critical Thinking; Sustainable Use of Resources and Productivity; Development of Self and a Sense of Community; and Expanding One’s World Vision.