A group of 282 Alternative Learning System (ALS) students recently took a tour of the 4,000-year old rich adventure of God’s Word at the Bible Museum. They represented 22 community learning centers in Manila, Caloocan, and Bulacan.
“They were very excited when they heard about the Bible Museum tour. They were expecting to learn a lot especially that we have devotions and values education,” says Mrs. Mary Ann Castro, one of the ALS instructors
The students, who are mostly at the age of 16 and above, are continuing their education through ALS. It is a program of the Department of Education, which offers free secondary education to those who cannot afford formal schooling.
One young mom who joined the tour says, “This encouraged me to read the Bible portion by portion and also apply it to myself and my kids.” She shared that they have a Bible at home but she doesn’t really read it. “I honestly find it hard to understand the Bible but I learned a good deal from the stories we watched in the tour. I liked the stories especially about the first Pangasinan Bible.”
During the Bible Museum visit, the students each received a copy of the New Testament. They also had film showing of Bible stories and had trivia activities about several Bible characters.
“Our dream for the Bible Museum is that more schools, both public and private, patronize it and include it in their regular tours,” says their event coordinator Mrs. Jannet Hermogenes. Teacher Jannet, also an Instructional Manager, is well familiar with the Bible Museum as they arrange regular visit for new ALS students every year since 2014.
For this year’s visit a total of 14 instructional managers accompanied the students. As part of their interactive teaching strategies, they encourage the students to read the Bible and keep a journal of their learning. “Our approach is holistic. It is our advocacy and goal to help them academically and spiritually,” adds Teacher Mary Ann.
This group tour for the ALS students is an activity organized by Motortrade Life and Livelihood Assistance Foundation (LALAF), a partner of the Department of Education for the ALS Program. Motortrade LALAF is focused on programs that help the poor in their spiritual and social needs through academic scholarships, livelihood projects, and family-friendly activities.