Sunday, 26 June 2016
Working together: Dr Wan Mohd Zahid (third from right) exchanges a document with Prof Zakaria while Prof Noraini (left), SP Setia Bhd president and chief executive officer Datuk Khor Chap Jen (second from right) and deputy president and chief operating officer Datuk Wong Tuck Wai (right) look on.
A memorandum of agreement (MoA) was recently signed between both parties to reach out to more underperforming schools.
Launched by the foundation in April last year, the Setia Caring School Programme initially adopted three underperforming schools with the aim of inspiring pupils to become good role models in future as well as to instil caring values in them.
Six more underperforming schools within the Klang Valley have been adopted under this collaboration.
The schools are SK Meru Jalan Tap, SJK (C) Lee Min, SJK (T) Ladang Vallambrosa in the Klang Valley, SK Felda Bukit Permai, SJK (C) Seelong, SJK (T) Kulai Besar in Johor, SK Batu Ferringhi, SJK (C) Aik Hwa Georgetown and SJK (T) Tasek Permai in Penang.
“It is a pleasure to have UPSI on board the Setia Caring School Programme,” said SP Setia Foundation chairman Tan Sri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin.
He commended UPSI professors for their volunteerism and commitment towards the programme.
“As an example, the university’s deputy vice-chancellor (Research and Innovation) Prof Datuk Dr Noraini Idris has suggested ways to make the learning of Science and Maths more enjoyable and less intimidating for pupils,” he added.
Thanks to the MoA, S P Setia Foundation officially appoints UPSI as its strategic partner in designing more programmes under the Setia Caring School Programme banner.
This three-year agreement will see UPSI carry out 14 projects with each project comprising between two to three phases, which will benefit 500 students annually.
To date, two projects have been carried out successfully since April 2016. These are Rethinking Nature and Environment Appreciation camps.
UPSI vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Zakaria Kasa said as many as five faculties are involved in the project.
“We will conduct research to identify issues faced by these underperforming schools and subsequently come up with a solution.
“Our role is to also come up with teaching techniques that would boost the pupils’ academic performance as well as to create harmony through unity,” he added.
Dr Wan Mohd Zahid said the foundation intends to expand into secondary schools in the future.
“However, it’s not just about the number of schools we adopt but it is the impact of the programme that is important,” he added.
Founded in 2000 under S P Setia Berhad, the S P Setia Foundation is a charity trust that focuses on education and national unity.
Sumber: The Star Online