ELSA education dialogue set in Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 August 2011 14:03

School children from Basilan will perform interpretative doxology to formally open the round table dialogue on education which will be held today,  August 25, at the Lantaka Hotel in Zamboanga City.

To craft next steps in sustaining the gains of education initiatives at the community level; th is will be the main focus of discussion as stakeholders of education from Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, representatives from USAID-Philippines and member-organizations who composed the Education & Livelihood Skills Alliance (ELSA) converge in Zamboanga City for a round-table dialogue (RTD).

The dialogue will highlight stakeholders’ partnership in the implementation of education programs under the Education & Livelihood Skills Alliance (ELSA 2) Project, and will recognize the important contribution of all individuals and organizations who did their best in the successful implementation of the project and made an impact in addressing education concerns in the region.

Since it started in 2008, ELSA has strengthened the capacity of 210 PTAs and local school boards (LSBs) with a total enrolment of 15,000 in training programs on planning, program and financial management among others.

The project also provided access to basic education and livelihood skills training to 30,000 out-of-school youths, trained and developed a cadre of 563 mentors/facilitators for English, Science & Math (ESM) to help teachers improved teaching skills in the three subject areas.

Schools’ management system is expected to be enhanced with 556 school administrators trained in professional leadership competencies. ELSA also trained 19,195 ESM teachers resulting to improved methodologies in teaching English, Science and Math among students.

ELSA provided 210 community incentive grants for PTAs and OSY groups, constructed  44 classrooms and repaired 132 others, decongesting crowded classrooms and providing better learning atmosphere for students and teachers alike. One hundred thirty-six (136) learning centers in the project sites were also refurbished as part of ELSA education initiatives.

Aivan Leo Amit, Program Management Specialist- Office of Education of the USAID, Zenaida Domingo- ELSA Program Director from the International Youth Foundation, Marylin Muncada- Regional Manager of the Philippine Business for Social Progress and representatives from the alliance will grace the said event.(danny escabarte)

About Project ELSA - Education and Livelihood Skills Alliance ELSA (Education & Livelihood Skills Alliance) is a partnership composed of the International Youth Foundation (IYF), Ayala Foundation, Consuelo Foundation, Petron Foundation, and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP).

ELSA programs are being funded by USAID-Philippines through the Education Quality and Access for Learning and Livelihood Skills (EQuALLS) Project. Education and Livelihood Skills Alliance (ELSA) 2 is a Mindanao-focused educational initiative that hopes to achieve the following Intermediate Results (IRs) in education:

IR No. 1 - Community-based learning opportunities

IR No. 2 - Improving teaching capacity for teaching Science, Math and English

IR No. 3 - Promoting the reintegration of out-of-school youth

ELSA 2 programs are being implemented in the following project sites: Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Cotabato City and Sarangani.