Serdang: Desks and chairs are essential items in schools to ensure a conducive learning environment for the students. In its latest effort to assist the needy, the Eco World Foundation was quick to respond to a call by a school in Selangor to help with the replacement of desks and chairs which have worn out over the years. A total of 230 sets of students’ desks and chairs worth RM25,000 was donated to SJK(C) Serdang Baru 1, Selangor.
At the handing over ceremony at SJK(C) Serdang Baru 1, Eco World Foundation Chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the Foundation strongly believed in education as it is an investment for the country’s future. “A good education has the power to change someone’s life for the better. This is the main reason why we are focused on providing education assistance to the schools that need our help,” said Lee.
He added that the brand-new desks and chairs were delivered to the school before the new schooling year started after receiving their application for assistance in late 2016. Lee also added that the Foundation adhered to stringent quality checks to ensure the durability of the desks and chairs to ensure they could withstand wear and tear and last longer.
Since its’ inception, the Foundation had donated over 2,000 sets of desks and chairs to other schools. To date, a total of RM330,000 has been spent on replacing school furniture and providing other facilities that are vital for schools.
Eco World Foundation’s main programme is the Eco World Students Aid Programme (SAP) which provides financial assistance to the underprivileged primary and secondary students with the objective of keeping children of all races in school. Currently, the Foundation is helping 3,000 primary and secondary school students from Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Pahang, Johor & Sabah.
With a budget of RM5 million per year, the SAP practices a holistic approach by addressing every aspect of a primary student’s educational requirement, from equipping them for the new school year including arranging their meals in schools to paying their school and tuition fees.
Apart from these activities, the Foundation also seeks to help underprivileged Malaysians through counselling, home visits and career guidance.