Kuala Lumpur – Mah Sing Foundation, the charity arm of Mah Sing Group, has taken significant strides in building better lives for the leaders of tomorrow by contributed RM96,000 in terms of financial assistance to 80 students of Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Sam Yoke, of which 49 are special needs students. The Foundation also donated RM30,000 to The Star newspaper’s Newspaper-in-Education programme called ”Step Up”.
Enhancing The Lives of Deserving Students
SJK (C) Sam Yoke is a Chinese vernacular national primary school with a total of 209 students. The Mah Sing Foundation has contributed RM96,000 in financial assistance to 80 students – 49 special needs students and 31 underprivileged students studying in the school. The students are from low income families, families with single mothers and families with high number of dependents. They will each receive RM100 monthly for 12 months to aid their expenses and ease the financial burden of their families.
Mah Sing Foundation’s Chairman, Dato’ Indera Syed Norulzaman was present at the mock cheque presentation ceremony to pass the cheque to the Director of SJK (C) Sam Yoke, Dato’ Low Kok Chuan who was joined by these selected group of children.
A Labour of Love to Teach Special Needs Students
According to a representative of SJK(C) Sam Yoke, the school is one of only 2 Chinese primary schools in Kuala Lumpur that caters to special needs children. Aside from government’s support, the school relied heavily on the support from the Parent-Teachers Association Community and generous donors such as Dato’ Low Kok Chuan. With the collected contributions over the years, SJK(C) Sam Yoke was able to install facilities to aid the special needs students in their learning experience which include Sand Therapy, Hydro Therapy, Buddy Cycling and Self-management Rooms. The school is also planning to be the first special needs school to provide a Multi-sensory room for impaired students.
Dato’ Indera Syed shared, “Mah Sing Foundation has always emphasised the importance of children’s education. We hope the assistance we are providing can help ease the financial burden for these children’s families. We also applaud the hard work and dedication by SJK (C) Sam Yoke in helping to improve the lives of their students. It is such a genuine labour of love from the teachers as well as the parents. Every child deserves an education, and Mah Sing is very proud to help support these children.”
The special needs school requires a higher level of commitment from teachers and staffs to take care of its students. Headmistress of SJK(C) Sam Yoke, Ong Kwi Bee, shared that each student’s learning capability is different and requires close attention from parents and teachers to see the child improve. She shared that, “Everyone is different. Some students may need up to one year to learn counting numbers from 1 to 10. Another example are children with autism. They actually know the answer to a question but they find it challenging to communicate their answers out loud. Hence, our teachers are tasked to understand the different needs of each students and give special attention to them and encourage healthy learning and interaction in the classroom”.
Teachers play a vital role in the children’s development. They teach a completely different set of syllabus which are specifically tailored to the learning capabilities of each child. Essentially, they act as their guardians and assist in various tasks such as bathing some of the students after Hydro therapy sessions.
Foundation contributes to “Step Up” Programme – Newspaper-in-Education
A fervent believer in developing the nation’s future leaders, Mah Sing Foundation also sponsored RM30,000 to The Star newspaper’s ‘Step Up’ programme which will help 1,760 Year Four to Year Six students in 20 national schools across Malaysia improve their English Language. Mah Sing Foundation has supported this cause since 2011.
The programme helps students learn English through educational pull-outs in The Star newspaper that are distributed every alternate week. Dubbed the “living textbook”, the 24-page pull-out aims to take an unorthodox approach in educating its readers through its vibrant and interactive classroom activities.
Present to receive the cheque from Dato’ Indera Syed was Star Media’s Group Chief Operating Officer, Calvin Kan,
Dato’ Indera Syed said, “The importance of English remains vital for global communication. We applaud the Star for stepping outside the box in reinventing education for the children. With this program, the students can learn to be well-versed in multiple languages. This unique programme is innovative and reinvents the methodology of teaching children”