Non-formal Education Accreditation and Equivalency (NFE A&E)

The Bureau of Nonformal Education (BNFE) of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) commissioned SEAMEO INNOTECH to undertake this Project.


The Nonformal Education, Accreditation and Equivalency program aimed to develop and produce prototype self-instructional learning materials, teacher’s guides and other instructional materials on several learning strands which include communication skills, problem solving and critical thinking, sustainable use of resources and productivity, development of self and a sense of community, and expanding one’s world vision for elementary and secondary levels.


A total of 152 modules were produced under this project. Audio supplements were included in 14 of these modules. The modules are used by adult learners and out-of-school youths.


The A&E Program provides certification for skills and knowledge acquired after passing the NFE A&E Test. The certificates can then be used for reentry into the formal school system or for employment.


For its efforts to improve education in the Philippines, this project received the UNESCO International NOMA Literacy Prize.


NFE A&E – Part II

This project is a continuation of the first NFE A&E project. Under this, new and additional learning modules were developed. Modules meant for higher elementary levels and high schools were designed to be self-instructional while those for lower elementary levels were designed to be facilitator-mediated.

A total of 165 modules were produced. About half of these (84) were developed to prepare nonformal education learners for college. Moreover, except for the modules on English, all modules that were produced for NFE A&E parts 1 and 2 now have a Filipino and English version to enable learners to choose the language that best suits them.


Ten of the audio supplements for NFE Part 1 were also translated in English. In addition, 32 of the modules were supplemented with audio while 6 were supplemented with video.


The A&E Program is geared toward helping learner-participants to develop marketable skills and eventually increase their income. It also aims to assist them in availing job opportunities.

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