By Cristina Nitafan, Private Sector Officer, USAID Opportunity 2.0 | 07:43 PM March 12, 2021
The Tagbilaran City Schools Division received new laptop units for their eight (8) Mobile Teachers and one (1) Division Alternative Learning System (ALS) Focal on Friday, March 12, from the United States Agency for International Development(USAID) Opportunity 2.0 program.
The distribution of laptops is part of Opportunity 2.0’s support in building the capacity of ALSimplementers in improving learning modalities, so as to meet the diverse needs of theout-of-school youth (OSY) population in its 12 covered sites, in which Tagbilaran City is included.
The new equipment is expected to aid the city’s ALS implementers in the delivery ofinstructions to the OSY who are enrolled in the Department of Education’s ALS.
“This is in line with our program’s goal to strengthen the capacity of national and localsystems to develop, deliver, and monitor the second-chance education programs for our out-of-school youth,” said Opportunity 2.0’s Youth Development Coordinator, Loucille Alcala-Dabhi.
The ceremonial turnover was attended by Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap II; Curriculum Implementation Division Chief, Dr. John Ariel A. Lagura; Division ALS Focal, Ms.Rosil-Escolano, and the city’s ALS Mobile Teachers.
Accepting the laptops on behalf of the ALS implementers, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Casiana Caberte said, “We thank the USAID, the City Government ofTagbilaran and other institutions for the help they extended to the out-of-school youth ofTagbilaran City in order to become productive citizens.”
“May this joint venture of different institutions contribute to the achievement of the goal of this city which is Asenso Pa More!” she added.
Opportunity 2.0: Second-chance Opportunities for Out-of-school Youth is a five-year Php1.9billion ($37.5 million) USAID project that builds on, and advances the ongoing programs andexisting education systems of the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). These include DepEd’s ALS and TESDA’s skills training programs.