The Alternative Learning System or ALS is a non-formal education program of the Philippine Government’s Department of Education. It prepares, among others, out-of-school youths or drop-outs/leavers to take the Accreditation and Equivalency test (A/E Test) by a learning intervention designed to equip the prospective test takers with the necessary competencies to prepare them for the test.

Successful test takers receive certification of learning achievements at two learning levels – Elementary and Secondary – that is comparable to the formal school system.

The target learners / clienteles of the ALS A&E Test are Filipino Out-of-School Youth (OSY) and Adults at least 11 years old (for elementary level test) and at least 15 years old (for the secondary level test) who are basically literate. Statistics show that 6 out of 10 students who enroll in Grade 1 drop out of High School.

As part of its outreach program, DWST started an ALS center in 2009 through the Arnold Janssen Catholic Mission Foundation, Inc. or AJCMFI (SEC Registration no. A200116743 approved on 07 Nov. 2001) .

Named “SVD-ALS,” it is located at the Arnoldus Dispensary, once a building for free medical clinic built by the late Brother Ignatius Neufeld, SVD  who was also known as the founder of the Brother Ignatius Scholarship Fund meant to assist financially students who cannot afford to go to college or university.

SVD-ALS is founded and managed by Fr. Randy Flores, SVD in partnership with AJCMFI which has 106 centers as partners to date.

For more information, please write to Fr. Randy Flores, SVD
E-mail: rrandy33@yahoo.com

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