Get To Know ALS

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[bt_spoiler title="WHAT IS ALS?"]

ALS stands for Alternative Learning System. It is a free education program in the Philippines implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd) through its Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS).

It is a modular, non-formal education program for dropouts in elementary and secondary schools, or any Filipino regardless of age needing elementary or high school education and diploma.[/bt_spoiler]

[bt_spoiler title="WHAT IS AJCMFI-ALS?"]

Arnold Janssen Catholic Mission Foundation, Inc.- Alternative Learning System (AJCMFI-ALS) is a non-government service provider of ALS fully accredited by the DepEd.[/bt_spoiler]

[bt_spoiler title="WHO IS ALS FOR?"]

ALS seeks to help out-of-school youths (OSYs), non-schooled children and adults who were not able to attend school at any time or complete their elementary or high school for whatever reason.[/bt_spoiler]

[bt_spoiler title="WHY IS ALS NEEDED?"]

Education gives an individual tools needed to be gainfully employed and self-sufficient as well as increases self-worth. Education is vital in fighting poverty. As statistics have shown, only six (6) out of ten (10) grade one enrollees finish elementary and only four (4) finish high school. ALS caters to those who were unable to attend school or finish elementary or high school.[/bt_spoiler]

[bt_spoiler title="WHAT IS BEING TAUGHT IN ALS?"]

ALS has three levels: Basic Literacy, Elementary and High School.

In the Basic Literacy Program (BLP), reading, writing and basic math are taught. Those who are non-literate, or have not attended any formal schooling at any point in their life schooling, are required to start here.

The elementary and high school levels prepare its respective learners with the knowledge required to pass the Accreditation and Equivalency Test (AET) given by the DepEd to both levels.[/bt_spoiler]

[bt_spoiler title="WHERE IS ALS BEING TAUGHT?"]

ALS has two (2) settings, school based and community based.

School based setting takes place in classrooms in public schools if DepEd managed, or private schools if managed by private schools that are accredited service providers.

Community based setting takes place in barangay halls or barangay provided spaces, community learning centers provided by public or privately run institutions, or service providers’ own learning centers. DepEd’s mobile classrooms also belong to this setting.[/bt_spoiler]


The following differentiates Formal Education from ALS:

  1. Setting
      1. In formal education, classes are primarily held in classrooms while in ALS, classes are held either in barangay hall or barangay hosted space, in a regular classroom in cases where the service provider is a private school, in a community learning center hosted by the service provider, or in a space allotted by an institution such as the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
      2. In formal education, the one imparting knowledge is called a teacher, while in ALS, the person is called an Instructional Manager (IM).
      3. In formal education, the one being taught is called a student, while in ALS, the person is called a learner.
  2. Mode of Learning
      1. Formal education uses Pedagogy or the science of child learning, while ALS uses Andragogy or the science of adult learning.
      2. In formal education, students learn at the same pace, in ALS, due to its modular nature, learners learn at their own pace.
      3. In formal education, students use books or ebooks (for the technologically advanced schools), while in ALS, learners use printed modules that are self-paced, self-instructional, indigenous, and integrated.
      4. In formal education, knowledge taught are divided and classified into subjects such as the five major subjects: Filipino, English, Math, Science and Makabayan, while in ALS, knowledge imparted are divided into the five learning strands.
  3. Completion
    1. In formal education the elementary course takes six (6) years to complete and another six (6) years for high school, while in ALS it takes about ten (10) months each for the elementary and high school courses.
    2. Upon completion of a course, formal education gives a school diploma signed by the head of the school, while in ALS, after passing the Accreditation and Equivalency Test (AET) given by DepEd, ALS graduates will receive a diploma also given by DepEd and signed by no less than the Secretary of Education.[/bt_spoiler]


The five learning strands form the basic curriculum for the Alternative Learning System.

    1. Learning Strand 1. Communication Skills (Filipino and English)
      Course goal: Learners must possess the ability to clearly express one’s ideas and feeling orally and non-verbally.
      1. Listening Skills
      2. Speaking Skills
      3. Reading Skills
      4. Writing Skills


    1. Learning Strand 2. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking (Mathematics)
      Coarse goal: Learners must possess the following:
      1. numeracy Skills
      2. openness to change
      3. awareness of options
      4. ability to make critical and inform decisions
      5. innovativeness and creativity
      6. scientific thinking
      7. future orientation


    1. Learning Strand 3. Sustainable Use of Resources and Productivity (Science)
      Coarse goal: Learners must possess the following:
      1. Ability to earn a living(employed or self-employed)
      2. Sustainable use of resources including time
      3. Productivity and use of appropriate technology


    1. Learning Strand 4. Development of Self and a Sense of Community
      Course goal: Learners must possess these abilities or traits
      1. Self-Development
      2. Sense of Personal and National History and Identity
      3. Cultural Pride
      4. Recognition/Understanding of Civil and Political Rights


  1. Learning Strand 5. Expanding One’s World Vision
    Course goal: Learners must possess these abilities or traits
    1. Knowledge, acceptance, respect and appreciation of diversity
    2. Peaceful and non-violent resolution of conflicts
    3. Global awareness and solidarity[/bt_spoiler]

[bt_spoiler title="WHO ARE QUALIFIED FOR ALS?"]

Any Filipino regardless of age, sex, creed, affiliation, status is qualified to enroll in ALS.[/bt_spoiler]

[bt_spoiler title="WHAT ARE THE FEES TO BE PAID IN ALS?"]

ALS is completely FREE. No fees are collected for enrollment or for learning materials used.[/bt_spoiler]

[bt_spoiler title="WHERE CAN I ENROLL IN ALS?"]

You can inquire with your barangay officials if ALS is offered in your area.

Arnold Janssen Catholic Mission Foundation, Inc.-Alternative Learning System (AJCMFI-ALS) has learning centers in Dasmariñas City, Bacoor, and Tagaytay City in Cavite, Manila and Quezon City in the NCR, Rio Tuba in Palawan, and Naujan in Oriental Mindoro.

DepEd-ALS has both school based and community learning centers in various parts of the country.

There are also other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) service providers of ALS.[/bt_spoiler]


For the BLP applicants are only required to bring their birth certificate

For the elementary level 1. Applicants should be at least eleven (11) years old. 2. Form 137 from former school.

For the high school level 1. Applicants should be at least fifteen (15) years old. 2. Form 137 from former school, or ALS Elementary Diploma.[/bt_spoiler]


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