About ELF

Kwentong Buhay  / Life Story

ELF started as an organization in 1992. We described our core program as “grassroots leadership formation for grassroots community empowerment.”

Over 2000 grassroots community leaders have graduated from our six-week residential Grassroots Leadership Course (GLC), which was preceded by Life History Workshops. We had a policy of having a 50-50 ratio of women and men leader-graduates. From adult  leaders, we expanded to youth leaders.

Our GLC core program remains the same, but with three changes, based on lessons learned: 1) We combine face-to-face residential courses with community-based “distance learning” sessions. 2) We train grassroots leader-educators to facilitate most of the learning activities. 3) We customize the leadership courses in collaboration with local partners.

Alternative Learning System (ALS)

ELF works with local partners to set up community-based alternative learning systems for out of school youth and adults. Over 10,000 have taken part in our distance learning courses. We train local learning facilitators and develop learning modules with them.

Our work in promoting ALS is part of our advocacy for Education for All (EFA). ELF is a founding member of E-Net Philippines, the main civil society advocacy network on EFA.

Participatory Local Governance and Sustainable Development

The formation of grassroots leaders and educators is geared to developing active citizens for participatory local governance. ELF works with CAPP-SIAD in this field.

In response to community needs, we assist grassroots leaders to develop social enterprises, promote organic agriculture, and biodiversity conservation. ELF works with the Earth Day Network Philippines, Go Organic! Philippines, and the Eco-Academy.

Hango sa buhay. Tungo sa buhay. Habang may buhay

ELF’s guiding philosophy of education is “learning from life, learning for life, learning throughout life.”

Another way to describe our philosophy is that it is “learner-centered” and “life-centered.”

Ed dela Torre 




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