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AHA! Learning Center launches ‘Scholarshop’

AHA! Learning Center launches ‘Scholarshop’

Scholarshop. Screenshot from AHA! Learning Center's website

For as low as P200, donors can choose to provide one month’s worth of books, pencils, notebooks, and other necessities

This is a press release from AHA Learning Center.

AHA! Learning Center on Friday, December 4, announced the launch of “Scholarshop”, an online platform that aims to streamline the donor experience by offering flexible, creative packages for different kinds of sponsorship, all in one website.

Scholarshop has a variety of affordable options for every donor. For as low as P200, donors can choose to provide one month’s worth of books, pencils, notebooks, and other necessities. They can also choose to provide access to virtual classes and distance learning by funding a laptop or sponsoring a student’s load allowance.

Through the website, donors can provide AHA! Student Learning Packets, quality materials specially developed by AHA! teachers on the ground who tailor fit these materials specifically for the communities they work closely with. And with the holiday season coming up, Scholarshop also provides the option to give “gifts” in the form of virtual gift cards.

The current pandemic has greatly impacted the education system, especially public schools that may not have online access readily available. Schools have started to become more creative during this time and it’s no different with AHA! Learning Center.

“For me, the Filipino is creative, loves their family, and is dreaming of a better future for the people they love the most,” says Jaton Zulueta, founder of AHA! Learning Center.

“And [with] COVID or not we’re doing this, and I know change is slow, we’re doing this because we know we deserve better. And we will do better for our children,” says Zulueta.

The launch of Scholarshop is in line with AHA!’s vision of investing in the Filipino youth through education. AHA! believes that equal access to education is key to empowering students to become the leaders of tomorrow.

“It’s important for us to make them [AHA! students] feel that there is genius and greatness in them,” says Zulueta.

AHA! Learning Center started out as a free afterschool program in Makati that aims to find a solution to the education inequality in the Philippines. Since 2009, AHA has served over 20,000 students.

AHA! continues to transform children’s lives and their communities through programs such as “Eskwelang Pamilya,” which is a free text-based education program run entirely on Facebook Messenger. These initiatives have garnered recognition here and abroad with TOYM and the Obama Foundation supporting AHA’s vision.

This year presented many challenges on a global scale. However, these do not deter Jaton, who believes that to make a significant impact, it needs to begin in our own communities. In turn, they have responded positively to AHA!’s programs.

“This has been an inspiring experience not because of what we’ve been able to accomplish but of how much joy, love, and resilience has been revealed to us through the communities we serve,” says Zulueta.

Check out AHA!’s Scholarshop here. — Rappler.com