MANILA, Nov. 28 — The Department of Education (DepEd) and UNTV, a private media organization, will soon start fielding two buses equipped with state-of-the art learning tools which will ply the roads of Quezon and Masbate provinces to bring education to out-of-school youth and adult learners.
Called DepEd-UNTV "Dunong Gulong," the two units of bus worth P6.5 million each will have learning tools, generator for power supply, folding chairs and tables, a toilet and a sleeping quarter.
The two brand-new Hyundai buses will serve as mobile classrooms to bring alternative learning system (ALS) to illiterates, school dropouts, indigenous people and those with physical disabilities. It will also carry programs for adolescents, Muslim migrants, parents and disadvantaged children.
"Dunong-Gulong," a novel approach to learning-teaching, is one of the alternative modes of delivering education services to learners who are outside the formal school system. It is designed to stay for a month in the targeted area for the enhanced delivery of learning modules.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said such initiative is a model of how public-private partnership can help achieve the governments goal of making education accessible to all Filipino learners.
With the support of well-meaning partners such as the Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International Inc.-BMPI-UNTV, we are making our way towards meeting our Education For All targets by 2015, said Luistro.
Under the agreement, the educational component of Dunong-Gulong which include the ALS learning facilitators and learning modules will be handled by DepEd. For its part, UNTV will shoulder the maintenance of the bus (driver, gasoline, regular tune-up) as well as the provision of audio-video equipment, power generator, tables, chairs and public address system.
Meanwhile, the local government unit where the buses will be fielded may be tapped to support the program by way of funding the honorarium of ALS coordinators, the reproduction of learning modules, and providing security to the learners and the bus.
The DunongGulong initially targets three municipalities and three barangays each in Quezon and Masbate. (PNA)