Insular Foundation sponsors livelihood course for ALS students

/ 02:29 PM February 27, 2024
ALS learners pose with their bread and pastry products.

ALS learners pose with their bread and pastry products. Contributed photo

The Insular Foundation has sponsored a Bread and Pastry Course to help Alternative Learning System (ALS) students pursue their small businesses or secure jobs in the future.

It partnered with Bayanan ALS Community Learning Center and the Muntinlupa City Technical Institute (MCTI) to support the ALS Informal Education Program. The foundation provided the kitchen equipment and baking ingredients, while Bayanan ALS Center provided the kitchen facility as MCTI conducted the Bread and Pastry training.


“As part of our goal to provide quality and inclusive education to all, the Insular Foundation has been supporting the Alternative Learning System since 2019,” said Insular Foundation Program Manager Teresita Melad.

“Bayanan ALS Center is the fifth center that the Insular Foundation supports, the first four centers received ICT materials and training courses.”


‘The Foundation hopes that the Bread and Pastry Course will open opportunities for livelihood or employment to our ALS students,” she added.

Learners are all smiles after completing the Bread and Pastry Course.

Learners are all smiles after completing the Bread and Pastry Course. Joining them are representatives from Muntinlupa City Technical Institute headed by Francisco Santella (seated, fifth from left), Bayanan ALS Center teachers with their Education Supervisor for ALS Dr. Marissa Andanza (seated, fourth from left), and Insular Foundation team headed by Program Manager Teresita Melad (seated, sixth from left).  Contributed photo

ALS learner Aiza Grampa thanked the Insular Foundation, Bayanan ALS Center, and MCTI for providing the livelihood course that will help her pursue her dream business.

“Alam ko na magagamit ko ang mga natutunan ko sa training sa mga darating na panahon lalo na sa pag-abot sa aking pangarap na magkaroon ng sariling negosyo. Sana marami pa po kayong matulungan na estudyante na lumawak ang kaalaman at magkaroon ng kumpiyansa sa sarili,” she said.

MCTI Acting Head Francisco Santella encouraged the students to pursue their dream businesses or jobs in hotels and bakeshops.

The 27 ALS learners who completed the Bread and Pastry Course are eligible to take the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) National Certification which will give them additional credentials as bakers.

The Insular Foundation has been supporting the Department of Education’s ALS to help out-of-school youth and adults 16 years old and above complete basic education. Aside from Bayanan ALS Community Learning Center, the Insular Foundation supports the ALS Centers of Pedro Guevara Elementary School in Manila, Muntinlupa City Jail, Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City, and Tankulan in Bukidnon.

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