Advocacy and Social Mobilization (ADSOC) is part of the duties of a mobile teacher of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education. ADSOC activities are comprised of, but not limited to, determining the literacy profile of the community and gathering community data on the number of out-of-school youth and adults. The data gathered from these activities will help determine the targeted clientele of ALS.
I joined Angie and Irene, mobile teachers of Quezon City, in their ADSOC activity. We were tasked to go to Barangay Masagana in Project 4. Before even doing house to house visits, we had to do a courtesy call to the Chairman of Barangay Masagana. The chairman was not around, but we were met by Kagawad Ohm Aquino. Barangay Masagana had only a few ALS enrollees, and this is no different from the other barangays in Project 4. Project 4 is one of the wealthier communities in Quezon City. All ALS learners in Project 4 are enrolled in the ALS Center of Kalantiaw Elementary School. So we ended up going around Project 4. We talked to an Instructional Manager at the ALS Center at Kalantiaw ES, and told us that they have about 60 learners at the center. We also visited Barangay Socorro, since we were told that there were computers at their barangay. We proposed the possibility of putting up an eSkwela center at their barangay, but we were told that we'd have to ask the permission of the Veterans Freedom Party, who happen to be the owners of the computer. I just left my contact number with them, in case there is a possibility of a partnership. We also tried to get in touch with the chairman of Barangay UP Village, since we were told that he is also interested in setting up an eSkwela center in their barangay.
Overall, this first attempt by Angie and I to engage in ADSOC (Irene is the more experienced mobile teacher) was a fruitful learning experience.
Here are the pictures of our ADSOC experience: http://picasaweb.google.com/mauisalang/ALSADSOC