Re-entry Education Agenda for the Poor (REAP) Program


The REAP Program is an off-shoot of the Angelicum’s Home Study Program. It caters to poor out-of-school children, youth, and even adults, who are determined to finish their elementary and secondary education

In response to the varied needs of learners who are determined to complete their basic education, its Home Study Program has consistently remained faithful in the forefront of innovative education in the country. It has continuously offered a mode of delivering basic education to address the following reasons which hinder them from pursuing their goals:

  • Inability to cope with school structures, leading to loss of interest in schooling
  • Inability to afford the cost of education and its ancillary expenses
  • Inaccessibility of a school from home
  • Working to augment family income
  • Looking after younger siblings
  • Sharing the responsibility of housekeeping
  • Lingering or chronic illness
  • Physically challenged
  • Human trafficking survivors

Through this program, where the delivery of education is through modular approach, the ill-fated learners from far-flung places had the chance to study without necessarily attending school every day because they can study at home, in the workplace, in the farm, at their preferred time and at their own pace.

At the onset of the implementation, the following activities are held: pre-assessment processes, meetings with learners and parents, training of volunteers, monitoring and evaluation of the program. Achievement tests are also conducted to determine the movement of the learners from one level to another or per subject level.

The Angelicum learning facilitators and non-teaching staff are able to experience helping the poor by sharing their time and effort in conducting achievement tests. These three aspects: the REAP learners, site/community volunteers, and Angelicum Community are inter-related in helping in the attainment of empowerment of individuals, community, and in nation-building.

With emphasis on learning, learners in the REAP program can complete their basic education without needing to attend class regularly. It adheres to the non-graded system of Angelicum with its 11 continuous years of schooling.

This helps individual who are unable to cope with traditional educational system; who need to support their family and cannot attend the class in a daily basis; who can’t afford to pay for the school costs; or are suffering from illness or physically challenged. Moving from one year level to another can be accomplished anytime of the year since the educational system doesn’t follow the conventional learning method. The learners just need to accomplish all the necessary modules and requirements to advance.

Mastery of learning module is determined by Angelicum learning facilitators. Their mastery is measured by the result of their achievement tests that are given for the first and second halves of the modules in every subject. For those living in distant places, the tests can be conducted twice or thrice a year.

These tests are usually administered at designated centers—like chapel halls, barangay centers, and multipurpose halls etc.—with AC learning facilitators and staff for proper validation and to ensure quality learning.

History


Twenty five years into the school’s existence, Rev. Fr. Rogelio B. Alarcon, O.P., UST Angelicum College’s founder, wanted to give back to the community as a sign of gratitude for the abundant blessings the school has received. This resulted in what we know as the Re-entry Education Agenda for the Poor (REAP) Program.

The administrators of the school believed that the best way to share its success is by making the system available to the less fortunate members of the society. Utilizing the methods employed by the Home Study Program, the school is giving out-of-school individuals—even those situated in far-flung areas—a chance to get proper and quality education without going to school regularly.

It was on the commemoration of the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas on January 28, 1999 that the “Home Study Program for the poor” was launched. Established as a result of the partnership between Angelicum College and the Philippine government, the program was called “Education Re-entry Agenda for the Poor” or ERAP.

Named after then President Joseph Estrada, it served as a gesture of gratitude for his government’s support. But Estrada’s presidency was short-lived when he was ousted in the year 2000. The school then got consent from the former leader to change the acronym from ERAP to REAP or Re-entry Education Agenda for the Poor program.

Mechanics for the Implementation of REAP Learning Site


Guidelines

  1. The partner communities that will adopt the program should have installed and established a pool of committed volunteers for easy and smooth implementation of the program.
  2. There should have a clear plan of “After Care Program” for learners, once UST Angelicum College has provided the elementary and high school diploma.
  3. Partner communities should have in-depth knowledge of UST Angelicum College’s vision-mission and have the commitment to live it out.
  4. Approved partner communities will provide updates/reports to UST Angelicum College through the Angelicum Community Extension Services Department (ACES).
  5. Partner communities should notify the ACES whenever a learner decides to discontinue or resume availing the program.

Criteria For The Recognition Of Learning Sites

  • Poor urban and rural communities
  • High prevalence of drop-outs
  • Established mobilization of volunteers with positive reputation
  • Solid organizational structure (NGOs and People Organizations)
  • With at least 10-25 ready learners
  • Access road
  • Absence of armed conflict

Requirements

  1. A letter of intent addressed to the Director of Office of Religious Affair
  2. Availability of Volunteer Coordinator
  3. Committed Volunteer Tutors like teachers (active or retired), other professionals, College students, High school students, anyone who can help the learner understand the learning modules
  4. Action Plan and a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between UST Angelicum College and the implementing locally-based partner
  5. The following documents of learner-applicants should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar of UST Angelicum College through ACES Department:
    • Duly accomplished Application Form
    • Original copy of latest report card (Form 138)
    • Photocopy of Birth Certificate (NSO copy or Certified True Copy of birth certificate from city/municipal registrar)
    • Photocopy of Baptismal Certificate (if Catholic)
    • 2 pieces of latest photo (2” x 2”)

Procedures

  1. Process of approving the application of a learning site
    1. The Volunteer Coordinator should get in touch with UST Angelicum College to manifest his/her desire and commitment to ensuring the success of REAP Program implementation
    2. ACES evaluates the profile/condition of the community. Recommendations will then be presented to the REAP Committee for final approval.
    3. ACES sends the application forms to the Volunteer Coordinator. Learner-applicants fill-out the application forms.
    4. The Volunteer Coordinator sends back the accomplished forms to ACES, for processing.
    5. ACES sets the date, time, and place for conduct of placement test, interviews, and program orientation.
    6. The guidance counselor/psychometrician from UST Angelicum College administers the Placement Test to determine the learning module level of the enrolees.
    7. Orientation of the REAP program for volunteer coordinators, volunteer tutors, parents, and learners is done during the schedule of placement test.
    8. ACES sends the purchased USTAC Learning Modules to the Volunteer Coordinator for distribution to the learners.
    9. Studies commence at the REAP learning site.
  2. Essentials on the success of Program Implementation

    The REAP program follows the Non-graded System of UST Angelicum College. Learners’ performance is not given conventional grades or ratings (numerical grades). Learners are classified based on their continuous enrolment in the Program which usually lasts for eleven (11) years. Emphasis is made on mastery learning and not on passing grades. Mastery is determined through Achievement Tests, evaluated by the learning facilitators of UST Angelicum College.

    1. Volunteer Tutors assist the learners in reviewing and studying their modules. They should check if the learners were able to answer the modular activities correctly, by themselves. They set time and place to conduct tutorial sessions whenever the learners need it. They also monitor the learning progress of each learner.
    2. When learners have mastered several learning modules covering clustered topics, the Volunteer Coordinator informs ACES of their readiness in taking Achievement Tests. Achievement Tests are administered solely by UST Angelicum College learning facilitators and staff for proper validation and to ensure quality learning.
    3. Movement from one level of learning to the next higher level does not depend on school year. It depends on how fast the learners finish all the requirements in all subjects needed for the level. Movement to the next higher level is done anytime of the year and is determined by UST Angelicum College.
    4. An evidence of not having mastered the lesson requires another intensive and extensive study; hence, another set of evaluation.
    5. A learner may stop his/her studies any time he/she wishes to, and is allowed to continue as soon as he/she is ready to resume studies.
    6. A learner who has mastered the basic competencies for basic education as prescribed by the Department of Education is awarded an Angelicum diploma.

Individual Application (UST Angelicum College-Home Study Program Learning Site)


Individual Application

Guidelines

  1. Learners are obliged to report to UST Angelicum College-Home Study Program Office as per agreed schedules, for the conduct of Achievement Tests and/or for consultations.
  2. There should be a signed Memorandum of Agreement between UST Angelicum College and the learner’s employer (if employed).
  3. UST Angelicum College reserves the right to decide if learners will be allowed to continue or discontinue the scholarship program after the end of a school year.

Criteria for accepting applicants

  1. Applicant must have a strong desire to continue and finish basic education.
  2. Applicant must be a school drop-out for at least 3 years.
  3. Applicant belongs to a poor family.
  4. Preferably, there is one applicant per family.
  5. Preferably, the applicant is a Catholic.

Application Requirements (prior to approval)

  1. Letter of intent addressed to the Director of Office of the Religious Affairs
  2. Certificate of indigence issued by the Barangay
  3. Certificate of permanent residency issued by the Barangay
  4. Consent letter from the employer (if employed)

School Requirements (once approved)

  1. Duly accomplished Application Form
  2. Original copy of latest report card (Form 138)
  3. Photocopy of Birth Certificate (NSO copy or Certified True Copy of birth certificate from city/municipal registrar)
  4. Photocopy of Baptismal Certificate (if Catholic)
  5. Certificate of Good Moral Character (as applicable)
  6. 2 pieces of latest photo (2” x 2”)

Procedures

  1. ACES conducts preliminary interview.
  2. Applicant submits the school requirements as stated in Guideline #3.
  3. ACES conducts home visitation to ensure eligibility.
  4. ACES gives final assessment and recommendation for acceptance of applicants in the program.
  5. ACES presents assessment result to REAP committee for approval.
  6. The Director of the Office of the Religious Affairs Final gives approval.
  7. Approved applicant fills out application form and submits school requirements to ACES.
  8. Applicant takes placement examination. The HSP Guidance Counselor interview the applicant.
  9. A Member of the Team-Principal conducts the final interview.
  10. The assigned moderator gives orientation about the policies and guidelines of the Home Study Program.
  11. Enrolment follows.
  12. Studies begin.

Managing Learning Activity


Learners accepted in the program should play a central role in all literacy activities. Therefore, before finalizing the schedule for tutorial sessions, it is important to take into account the participants’ engagements and activities of their family, responsibilities with their employer, and in their community.

  1. The learner plans and prepares his/her course of action to be done at home or in any place where he can study at his own time.
  2. The learner considers his own pace of learning and adjusts other activities depending on his/her rate of movement or progress.
  3. The learner should be creative enough in enhancing his/her ability to understand every module using other sources of information related to the lesson and/or by asking anybody who can facilitate his/her learning.
  4. If a learner understands the modules, he/she must prepare for the achievement test to be taken at a scheduled time and day in UST Angelicum College-Home Study Program, for monitoring purposes. If the learner needs further explanation, he/she must consult the learning facilitator before taking the test.
  5. If the result of the achievement test indicates that a learner has mastered the lesson, he/she moves forward and takes the next modules.
  6. Upon completion of all the requirements prescribed to finish the year level, a learner moves up to the next year level until he/she becomes eligible for graduation.

REAP Scholar's Obligation


  1. Must shoulder the photocopying of the learning modules
  2. Must not fail to come to UST Angelicum College-Home Study Program during scheduled day
  3. Must be able to accomplish at least one (1) subject in a month
  4. Must finish all modules within the prescribed curriculum period
  5. Must submit a photocopy of diploma or certificate of graduation upon completion of the basic education
  6. After graduation from Angelicum, learners are encouraged to update the ACES Department of their status

REAP Scholar Privileges


  1. Free full tuition fees for the first academic year (renewable per curriculum year upon compliance with REAP scholar’s obligations)
  2. Learners join the completion rites ceremonies together with the Regular and HSP learners.
  3. Certificate of Completion is awarded to learners upon completion of the academic requirements.