Josephine Amante Villatema, a 62-year-old woman achieved a feat many children failed to reach. Lola Josephine graduated from high school through the Alternative Learning System or ALS Program of Timoteo Policarpio Memorial School.
The 62-year-old Lola has proven that age is not a reason to stop reaching for one person’s dream. Lola Josephine said that she strived to finish high school so she could achieve her dream of taking culinary arts at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
ALS is an alternative program for those who have no means to access formal education in schools. It has two major programs, the Basic Literacy Program and the Continuing Education Program – Accreditation and Equivalency, which are both modular and flexible, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).
DepEd said that they are targeting more or less four million kids, teens and out of school youth to be part of the programs under ALS. Not yet included in these numbers are older people like Lola Josephine who wants to continue studying despite her age, DepEd said.
With government’s support, the Education Department is confident that they will be able to meet their target of educating those unfortunate people through ALS.