KUALA LUMPUR: Eco World Foundation, the charity arm of Eco World Development Group Berhad organised a UPSR Motivation Camp for 187 Year-6 UPSR students from 40 schools – 39 in the Klang Valley and one in Pekan, Pahang – under its Students Aid Programme (SAP) from 7-9 July 2017. The students are from Sekolah Kebangsaan, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) and Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Tamil). SAP is the Foundation’s core programme under which provides basic education needs to under-privileged students, regardless of race or religion.
SAP has funded the educational needs of underprivileged students and currently it has 2,600 students from 135 primary school under its care. Of this number, 907 students are from Klang Valley.
At the camp’s closing ceremony on 9 July 2017, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, Chairman of Eco World Foundation said that the objective of the camp was to prepare the students mentally and academically to face the UPSR examination.
“137 students from 40 schools spent 3 days and 2 nights in a hotel where they gained the skills and confidence to face their UPSR examination in September. The Foundation has spent RM84,000.00 to organise this camp”, added Lee.
Under SAP, each student is provided with educational assistance worth RM1,100 to RM1,200 annually for the duration of their primary education; RM1,000 to RM1,400 annually for secondary education; RM5,000 for 1 ½ years for pre-university education; and RM8,000 to RM18,000 annually for tertiary education. The programme is unique and holistic where the underprivileged students will be given assistance trhoug to secondary, tertiary and bachelor degree education if they obtained excellent results in their examinations. Currently there are 400 students in secondary schools and 32 students pursuing tertiary education. 14 students have graduated from universities; 5 of them are from Perlis, 4 from Penang, 3 from Johor and 2 from Selangor.
“The Foundation’s focus has mainly been on education because we strongly believe that our children are our hope and future of the country. We spend over RM4 million a year for the SAP alone”, said Lee.
During the ceremony, Lee together with Mr Philip Mathews and Captain (R) Dato’ Liew Siong Sing, Trustee and CEO of Eco World Foundation respectively presented certificates to the students.
There are a total of six camps for students from different states. This is the fourth of the six camps. The fifth will be carried out next weekend in Pahang and the final one will be carried out the subsequent weekend in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Eco World Foundation’s work encompasses several different areas with its main focus on education through the SAP. These SAP students come from schools in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Penang, Kedah, Perlis, Pahang and Sabah.