What is the difference between non-formal education and informal education?


  • To reach this marginalized group of learners, BALS implements nonformal and informal education or education that takes place outside the formal school system.


Republic Act 9155 defines Nonformal Education as “any organized, systematic educational activity carried outside the framework of the formal system to provide selected types of learning to a segment of the population”.

On the other hand, Informal Education is defined as “a lifelong process of learning by which every person acquires and accumulates knowledge, skills, attitudes and insights from daily experiences at home, at work, at play and from life itself”.

BALS carries out two Nonformal Education Programs: a) the Basic Literacy Program (BLP) for illiterates and the b) Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) System for elementary and high school drop-outs.

BALS is currently setting up the Informal Education Curriculum that will include self-interest and life experiences programs. Initially, it has already developed a special curriculum for indigenous peoples (IPs). With this construct, greater learning needs will be addressed and funneled to promote lifelong learning in all streams of education.

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