ALS EDUCATORS. Teachers for the Alternative Learning System in Cagayan de Oro City participate in one of the sessions during the formation series at Xavier Ateneo. 

Report and photos by Jerome Torres

Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan's School of Education through its Night School Program, in partnership with XU Campus Ministries, organized a formation series for Alternative Learning System (ALS) teachers on February 25 and March 4 and 11.

The series was facilitated by XU experts on instructional development, Ruth Bangamu Arrachchige, Monalisa Pangan, and John Dwight Pimentel.

Fourteen ALS teachers attended the said formation series. These teachers are assigned in the two districts of Cagayan de Oro City teaching non-formal education for out-of-school-youth, street children, adults, indigenous people, and prisoners.

The formation sessions enabled the participants to trace their life story, reflect on their own "sense of giftedness" as persons, deepen their sense of self-awareness, and reignite their passion for mission work.

Moreover, it directed them to "walk in the long trudge of their life’s journey" and strengthened their sense of service despite the difficulties of their roles as ALS teachers.

Xavier Ateneo’s School of Education remains committed to capacitate the ALS mobile teachers not only in the aspect of instructional and skills development but also in their spiritual growth. The organizers hope that through this series the teachers will be more inspired and productive in their assigned works as they journey along with their students and their struggles. ∎

REFLECTION. Monalisa Pangan of XU's Campus Ministries leads in one of the reflection sessions of the formation series for ALS teachers.   

MINISTRY. John Dwight Pimentel of XU's Campus Ministries serves as one of the facilitators of the formation series for ALS teachers. 

GROUP DISCUSSION. A group of ALS teachers discusses their outputs during a breakout session. 

'TEACHERS FOR OTHERS'. This formation series enables the participants to trace their life stories, reflect on their own "sense of giftedness" as persons, and reignite their passion for service.