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Campuses at sea: DepEd launches seaborne alternative learning

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The Department of Education is bringing learning to the seas with a community learning center for out-of-school youths in Malalag in Davao del Sur.

DepEd Region 11 Director Atty. Alberto Escobarte likened the facility, which caters to adults working in fish cages at the Malalag Bay, to Noah’s Ark.

“Just like Noah’s Ark that saved lives, ang floating learning center na ito is also about salvation – ALS is about saving lives,” he said.

Under the program, a bangka provided by the local government unit will be used to transport learners to the workplace, which will serve as the learning center.

Classes will be held every Wednesday and Thursday after milkfish feeding time.

The Bangkarunungan Program seeks to deliver alternative learning to 34 learners employed under the J. Lanzar Trading.

Fish cages proprietor Joseph Anthony Lanzar said he sought help from local education officials after noting many workers in his fish cages could not read.

Meanwhile, the boat will also be used as a floating library with books, modules, and instructional devices.