The city government of Marikina through Mayor Del De Guzman and Kagawad Mirvic Jay “VJ Tambuli” Sabiniano in cooperation with the Life and Livelihood Assistance Foundation (LALAF) recently launched an Alternative Learning System (ALS) for prisoners in Marikina.
ALS is a non-formal education where people unable to study were given a chance to finish secondary education and receive a diploma without undergoing to school for four years.
The Marikina City Jail- “Karunungan ay Mahalaga sa Edukasyon ay- Pag-asa”, aims to give prisoners a chance to study while inside the jail.
“Even though they committed crimes and are imprisoned, they still have the right to be educated. This will greatly help them when they are already out of the prison as they can use their acquired knowledge to start anew,” De Guzman said.
Classes are from 8:30am to 5:30pm from Monday to Friday. Each day has three classes with a total of 93 students. An Instructional Manager from LALAF serves as the lecturer for the ALS.
After four months, the participants shall take the Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency Test where they’ll also receive a diploma.
LALAF is a non-profit organization which aims to transform the youth and communities through effective education, skills development, values education and discipleship. One of their flagship projects is conducting non-formal education for out-of-school youth with the help of the Department of Education.
“We are thankful to everyone who help and support the programs of the city government like the Alternative Learning System. We are aiming to further increase the literacy rate of Marikina and provide education for all,” De Guzman added.