Teachers have a very special role in our society. They hone students to find excellence in themselves. And for that big of a role, we should also give them the recognition they deserve. Which is exactly what Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. (CLFI) and the Department of Education (DepEd) did last September 4-6, 2018.
Cebuana Lhuillier has announced the search for the country’s best Alternative Learning System (ALS) teacher. The nationwide search formally dubbed as NALSTAR (National Alternative Learning System Teachers’ Achievement Recognition) to honor and recognize exemplary ALS teachers nationwide.
Among the pool of 17 ALS regions nationwide, five outstanding ALS teachers will be chosen. According to PJLI President and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier, the success of the ALS program can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of its educators, who give more than a 100% of their efforts in moulding and educating the youth, especially those coming from indigent communities. NALSTAR is a means to recognize their selfless commitment to teaching.
Of course though all teachers are commendable for the work and effort they do, since this is a search, only one winning NALSTAR can be chosen. That lucky and deserving ALS teacher hails from Caramoan, Camarines Sur. Windel V. Alvarez will take home PHP125,000 cash, and another PHP125,000 earmarked to serve as the seed money for their very own ALS school.
The top four finalists will take home PHP20,000 while the 12 other nominees will receive PHP 10,000 each.
CLFI is one of the country’s leading proponents of alternative learning, providing out-of-school-youths and those from indigent families with an opportunity to complete high school via alternative schooling. In 2018, CLFI has already surpassed its own targets: establishing 75 partner schools which educated more than 11,000 learners, of which, 1,482 learners have already obtained their elementary and/or high school diplomas. Its learners’ ALS Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Test passing average also consistently surpassed the national average for the A&E Test- netting 57% passing rate in 2015 and 71% in 2016. One notable graduate, Carina Cortes, a Cebuana Lhuillier ALS learner from Cubao Elementary School, got a score of 100% in the 2015 ALS A&E Test. Graduates of Cebuana Lhuillier’s ALS Program learn more other than academic learning, by means of livelihood, spiritual, and social education programs offered free for all out-of-school-youths and adults.