Alsa in the Filipino language means to "lift up, or carry", while Buhay means "life". These words are rarely used in conjunction in the Filipino language, and yet used together as here, they capture with uncanny precision the goal of the project: To uplift the future lives of Filipino youth by way of education.
We, Puso Sa Puso Edukasyon Inc. set up this educational project in the Parola slum of Manila to offer people a way out of structural poverty. As it is not educational institute as such that are lacking in Manila, we focus on assisting slum children to take the Accreditation and Equivalency Examination (the equivalent of a long-term school education) rather than on building a new school. The project's basic concept is to establish a prototype learning centre that shall offer the functions and operations of private alternative learning system delivery centers for out-of-school youth, but provide the services for free.
The target group of the Puso-sa-Puso Learning Centre shall be children who are of age to graduate from elementary or secondary school (median age will be between 11-14 and 16-19 respectively). Older children with potential shall also be considered, the main criteria being the desire and capacity to learn and pass. During the first year (in 2010), the service will be offered to 100 children. Thereafter the volume will increase by 50% per annum with an end target of 500 children within the 5th year of operation (2014).