Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila held a telethon campaign to continuously support the needs of the Youth Servant Leaders and Education Program or YSLEP.
According to Fr. Anton Pascual, Executive Director of Caritas Manila, YSLEP needs 150 million pesos for its 5,000 college scholars. The telethon campaign he added aims to raise 10 million pesos to meet the needs of YSLEP beneficiaries who will receive P30 thousand per scholar per year.
“Ngayon kahit may pandemic, people become more generous even this time so we try to maximize it para lalo tayong maraming batang mapag-aral. Sapagkat we believe that education is the great social equalizer if we want to overcome poverty, we have to educate as many youth as we can with knowledge skills and attitude of a servant like the Lord,” Fr. Pascual said during the telethon campaign.
Fr. Pascual who is also the President of Radio Veritas announced that they will also focus on accepting scholars who will take up nursing courses especially now that the country is still battling with the surge of the coronavirus and requires medical workers.
“At ngayon because of COVID, tumaas ang need na magkaroon na tayo ng mga bagong nurses. Dati napakaraming nurses, pero ngayon kausap ko ang mga hospitals, talagang kulang na kulang sila ng mga nurses at medtech. Kaya nagdagdag tayo ng scholars sa nursing and of course teacher. Education is still number one napakagandang kurso, mataas ang dignity and maganda ang suweldo lalu na sa provinces. Ito ang mga courses na priority natin,” he said.
Aside from the nursing course, Caritas Manila YSLEP will also provide opportunities for students who want to pursue a course in Education and Agriculture.
YSLEP currently has five thousand college scholars in Metro Manila and in Visayas and Mindanao.
According to Veritas News, Nurhasma Tajakkalin from Basilan is expected to graduate from BS Elementary Education next year.
8,033 scholars graduated under YSLEP according to the Caritas Manila record. 334 students graduated last year despite the pandemic. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Radio Veritas Website)