What makes your innovation unique?
It contributes to upgrading the competencies of the Filipino workforce by filling the competency gap of existing manpower and the requirements of industry.
Since the Philippines is a developing country, a substantial number of the population do not have access to education. Those who do manage to get a college degree find that what they learned in college are not enough to get them employed in a company. There is a mismatch between their knowledge, skills, attitudes and values as compared to the competencies needed in the workplace. Unfortunately, many of them do not have the resources to upgrade their competencies since education and training are very expensive in the Philippines. Only companies with training budgets can afford to send their employees for training. Those who are unemployed or not selected for training have no option to grow in their careers or professions.
In this light, the Popular Leaning Project serves a felt need of individuals and organizations to be able to survive and thrive in their careers and businesses.
With the use of an innovative self-sustaining business model, the Popular Learning Project is able to make quality learning accessible to the Filipino workforce at a price that is very affordable.
In the Philippines, many manufacturing companies have made their products accessible to the lower income groups by providing smaller quantities of their products in inexpensive packaging such as "sachets" and making these available in mini-stores that are ubiquitous through the metropolis. The concept of Popular Learning is the same. We have packaged expensive training programs into "sachets" of learning and made these available in auditoriums, conferences centers in various schools and business districts after office hours from as low as US$2 to US$8 for local speakers and US$15 to US$30 for international speakers.