ERIC Number: ED411889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
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Non-formal Education in the Philippines: A Fundamental Step towards Lifelong Learning.
Gonzales, Ma. Celeste T.; Pijano, Ma. Concepcion V.
In order to significantly contribute to human resource development, the Philippines must develop an integrated educational system of lifelong learning, with a special emphasis on non-formal education. Despite the value that is placed on formal, or sequential academic schooling, it is non-formal schooling that makes accessible the acquisition of skills necessary for employability and competitiveness in the labor market. Several organizations have initiated non-formal education programs to aid the less fortunate sectors of society. Of these, the Education For All movement has made the greatest contribution in the acceptance of institutionalized non-formal education. The strongest proponents of implementation have been private schools, churches, and civic organizations. Primary focuses are on literacy education, livelihood skills, certification and equivalency programs, continuing education among professionals, and schools and university initiatives. Despite significant progress, achievements have not reached full potential due to lack of funding, coordination, and systematic planning amongst the various implementing agencies. Through increased funding, closer coordination, and ongoing communication between officials and leaders in both the public and private sectors, the Philippines might reap the economic benefits of non-formal education and lifelong learning. Contains 11 references. (YKH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Note: In: Lifelong Learning: Policies, Practices, and Programs; see JC 970 458.