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  • Reply to: Philippines: Education that Knows No Boundaries   1 week 5 days ago

    Hi Nicholas,

    i do agree with your point on individual learning needs and desires which are in no way inferior to those granted some sort of certification or qualification. In the Philippines ALS, there are issues on quality and sustainability related to the teaching and learning practices. I guess its true anywhere in the world anyway given limited resources (Human resources, financing, infrastructure). I actually am interested in pushing for recognition of prior learning within a systematic frameworks of assessment, validation and ensuring pathways to qualifications. So far, such a process is still very expensive, and in most cases the quality of the assessment and validation processes questionable.

    i somehow feel that alternative learning systems tend to end up as a literacy and/or functional literacy program. i believe with more creativity and innovation such a platform may be linked to the formal certification and qualification system. To date, however, it still remains waiting given the current state of ALS and the question of its sustainability should external funding be cut off.

  • Reply to: Tonga: a national effort to reconstruct Ha’apai after Tropical Cyclone Ian   1 week 6 days ago
    Thank you so much, Ofa. All the best to the people of Ha'apai. 
  • Reply to: Tonga: a national effort to reconstruct Ha’apai after Tropical Cyclone Ian   1 week 6 days ago
    Thanks, Adji. Credits are for people working on the ground and facing obstacles to development every day.
  • Reply to: Tonga: a national effort to reconstruct Ha’apai after Tropical Cyclone Ian   1 week 6 days ago
    Thank you very much Herby, for your comment. The solidarity and resilience of those communities struggling to thrive are the most impressive parts.
  • Reply to: When, what, and how to survey after a disaster strikes – an experience from Tonga   1 week 6 days ago
    Thank you Afaq for your comment. I agree with you. It is important that communities participate in surveys. I would even say that it is important we share and discuss results of surveys with them. In the context of this work, the list of identified vulnerable households resulting from the surveys was shared with communities and civil society, to be confronted.