86 NGO schol­ars fin­ish col­lege

Cebu Daily News - - COMMUNITY - /PR

Eighty-six schol­ars of non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion Passerelles numériques Philippines (PN Philippines) grad­u­ated from col­lege last April 8 at the Univer­sity of San Car­los–Talam­ban Cam­pus (USC-TC).

The fi­nan­cially in­ca­pable but de­serv­ing stu­dents have com­pleted their three-year Cer­tifi­cate in Com­puter Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram at the USC-TC.

PN Philippines, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with its part­ners, helped the stu­dents earn a de­gree for them to find jobs. In fact, 60 per­cent of the grad­u­ates have al­ready been hired.

“When I was of­fered a per­ma­nent po­si­tion by my in­tern­ship em­ployer even be­fore my grad­u­a­tion, I re­al­ized how lucky I am to be one of the PN schol­ars. Now I can fi­nally help my fam­ily,” Mi­raluna Becher, one of the gradu- ates, said.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion also pro­vided for the stu­dents’ tu­ition fee, food, ac­com- mo­da­tion and med­i­cal as­sis­tance.

Benoit Gen­uini, PN pres­i­dent, ex­pressed grate- ful­ness for “an­other suc­cess” of the or­ga­ni­za­tion dur­ing his speech on the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony.

“Our sim­ple dream when we started PN 12 years ago was to con­trib­ute even in small scale for a bet- ter world where poor peo­ple can have the same op­por­tu­ni­ties as the rich,” he said.

“Your suc­cess is our suc­cess, your suc­cess is our Key Per­for­mance In­di­ca­tor,” Benoit added.

The PN Philippines Class of 2017 is the sixth batch of schol­ars of PN in the Philippines.

PN Philippines is a French non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides IT schol­ar­ship to eco­nom­i­cally un­der­priv­i­leged Filipino youths.

Since 2009, the or­ga­ni­za­tion, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Univer­sity of San Car­los (USC), has pro­duced 355 grad­u­ates who are now all pro­fes­sion­als.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion se­lects its schol­ars an­nu­ally from five prov­inces in the Visayas re­gion: Cebu, Bo­hol, Ne­gros, Leyte and Sa­mar.

CON­TRIB­UTED

The schol­ars of Passerelles numériques Philippines throw caps into the air af­ter they grad­u­ated from In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

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