TO further improve students’ learning capabilities and competencies, the country’s largest state university Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) on Friday formally received the e-learning center equipped with 21-unit desktop computers from pawnshop giant Cebuana Lhuillier.
The turnover of the 21-unit desktop computer e-learning center at the university’s main campus in Sta. Mesa, Manila was simultaneously undertaken along with the launching of the company’s foundation that focuses on education, the Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation.
The e-learning center will serve as a hub open to all PUP students giving them access to an information technology lecture room, an information communication technology laboratory and a multi-media room.
Manned by Cebuana Lhuillier personnel who will assist students in their research and studies, the e-learning center, will provide a resource support for easy and conducive researching options for the foundation’s scholars, PUP students and its faculty.
“May this step be a launch pad for the young minds to explore the different fields of academe, discover skills and venture out to the world of learning,” Jean Henri Lhuillier, president and chief executive officer of the Cebuana Lhuillier, said during the formal launch at the PUP Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resource Center.
“The foundation and all of Cebuana Lhuillier believes that education is the key to a better future. This is the very reason why we, Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation have partnered with the Department of Education through the Bureau of Alternative Learning System in creating opportunities for individuals to be able to lift their families, their countries, and themselves out of poverty,” Lhuillier added.
Meanwhile, Philippe Lhuillier, Philippine Ambassador to Portugal and Cebuana Lhuillier chairman, assured school officials and administrators that the turnover of the e-learning center project “does not end here.” He said the company and its foundation will never cease in helping the Filipino youth to have competitive and equal access to high quality education.
“We keep this advocacy to move forward. We are planning to continuously install e-learning center to more schools in the Philippines, especially in the areas that needed it most,” he said.
“This is what we do, contribute to the solution,” the ambassador added.
“The Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation aims to help our youth to be an instrument of change, and become an inspiration to others.”
Aside from the e-learning center, the foundation also enhanced its existing scholarship grants by offering a “pay-it-forward approach” for selected children of Cebuana Lhuillier’s loyal clients. The scholars may choose to reciprocate the grant in the form of a job or community service.
“The Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation is looking forward to provide more scholarships to deserving young individuals. I hope that with this endeavor, we can help provide better education,” Lhuillier said.
Neil A. Alcober