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PUP’s ‘Education on Wheels’ for Underprivileged Students

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PUP Education on Wheels
PUP Education on Wheels

Quezon City, Philippines – The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) has unveiled its innovative ‘Education on Wheels’ (EOW) project. Launched in Tatalon, Quezon City, this program is poised to transform the lives of financially-challenged students in underserved communities.

Empowering Communities with Education

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The EOW project is a pioneering effort featuring a converted bus transformed into a fully equipped classroom. This unique initiative directly reaches out to students within their communities, removing the barriers of transportation and accessibility.

Offering a four-year Bachelor of Science in Office Administration program, the EOW classes are held once a week on the bus. Making education more accessible to those who would otherwise struggle to attend traditional classes. Furthermore, additional coursework is conduct online. Ensuring a comprehensive and flexible learning experience.

Jonathan Florida, the program chairperson of Bachelor of Science in Office Administration at PUP Open University System, expressed, “Dito sa bus natin hindi na sila kailangan mamasahe pa para pumunta ng PUP bagkos ito ay dinadala na natin yung classroom sa kanilang komunidad. Equipped na ‘yan may mga laboratory materials and then meron na ring teacher na kasama sa bus.”

For admission inquiries, check this email: admission.main@pup.edu.ph

For more further details about the course, check here.

Breaking Down Educational Barriers

Much like traditional educational institutions, the EOW program requires standard application documents, including a report card. Moreover, it welcomes students who have previously attended college in other institutions by accepting transfer credentials.

Despite PUP’s reputation for affordable tuition fees, the EOW initiative addresses the persistent challenge of transportation costs. Ensuring that financial constraints do not hinder deserving students from accessing quality education.

Community Response and Aspiring Students

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Jalyn Tabas, a barangay official in Tatalon, noted the overwhelming community response to the program. Out of the 200 applications received, 40 deserving students were selected based on their commitment to completing the course rather than academic grades.

Among the students, Denise Sunga stands out as an inspiring example. At 47 years old, she expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to continue her studies while working as a barangay health worker. Sunga acknowledged the financial challenges she faced. She stated, “Wala na po akong pangtustos ng pag-aaral sobrang tagal na rin po nu’n kaya lang matagal ko na rin pong gusto ipagpatuloy yung pag-aaral ko.”

She acknowledged the initial shock her family experienced when she decided to return to school after her children had already progressed to their third year in college. “Nahihiya pa nga ako sa mga anak ko kasi mga anak ko third year college tapos ako bumalik ulit ako sa first year… ‘Yung mga kapatid kong mas bata sa ‘kin may mga diploma. Kaming medyo matanda na wala pang nakakakuha nu’n kundi gusto ko ako makakamit nu’n,” she courageously shared.

Alicia Mamorno, a 30-year-old participant in the EOW program, highlighted the difficulties she faced earlier. Including financial constraints and family problems, which compelled her to discontinue her studies. She emphasized the challenges of daily expenses, including transportation costs and project-related expenditures.

However, Mamorno expressed her optimism about the EOW program, which provides her with an opportunity to improve her family’s circumstances. She shared her desire to give back to her parents, saying, “Maaari ko na pong ibalik sa mga magulang ko ‘yung ginawa nila sa ‘min.”

EOW Is Not Just In Tatalon!

Beyond Tatalon, PUP has also introduced the EOW program in barangay Payatas, further expanding its reach. As it marks its third year of operation, the initiative is poised to make education more accessible and empower countless underprivileged students to pursue their dreams.

The Education on Wheels project embodies the commitments of  PUP to breaking down the barriers to education and empowering communities through knowledge and opportunity. It stands as a beacon of hope for those who aspire to achieve their educational goals and create a brighter future for themselves and their families.

Read Also: Are You Ready to Boost Your Learning? The UP Open University Presents 24 Free Courses!

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Written by Marjo Piedad

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