KOTA KINABALU – The Eco World Foundation awarded 25 deserving students under the Eco World Student Aid Programme (SAP) in the inaugural Eco World Foundation UPSR Excellence Award at Le Meridien, here, tonight.
The students are from Sekolah Kebangsaan Tanjung Aru 1, Sekolah Kebangsaan Kepayan, Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Stella Mas, Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Sacred Heart, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Chung Hwa dan Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Yick Nam.
“They studied and worked hard to prepare for the recent UPSR examinations and the Foundation would like to appreciate their efforts through this evening’s ceremony, ” said the Chairman of Eco World Foundation Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
Speaking to the reporters during a press conference he said, 150 students received the achievement award in the Peninsular Malaysia while 20 teachers received the achievemhent awards and three schools were bestowed with the best school awards.
Lee said the foundation allocated RM5 million a year for the initiative.
The Eco World Foundation was launched on 24 September last year under the auspices of Eco World Development Group Berhad to serve as a platform for the Group to fulfil its corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Currently, the Eco World Student Aid Programme funded 3,000 primary and secondary school students with the aims to assist the students to achieve their full academic potential and improve their living standards.
The objective of the programme is to help poor children by providing them with basic education needs by equipping them with schools necessities such as stationeries, meals, uniforms and tuition fees.
“Under this Programme every student are given attention in their personal development which is important, ” he said.
Lee disclosed that the foundation will conduct home visits to selected students to monitor and give moral support to them as well as their parents.
“Students who achieve good results in the UPSR examinations are also eligible to apply to continue in the SAP to secondary education and subsequently to tertiary level as well, ” he said.
Last year November, the foundation visited 180 student’s home in Kota Kinabalu with the help of the volunteers, teachers and headmaster.
At the award ceremony, three students were awarded in the Excellence Award Category for obtaining all As in their UPSR exams; two students in the Outstanding Award Category and twenty students in the Most Improved Award Category.
They received books along with cash prizes worth RM200, RM150 and RM100 respectively according to the categories.
Meanwhile, four teachers were also awarded for their efforts in educating these leaders of tomorrow.
“The teaching vocation is indeed a selfless one that is often tiring and challenging. It is your passion and commitment to nurture our future generation that gives our nation hope for a stronger and better tomorrow,” said Lee.
On another note, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Yick Nam, Inanam was awarded the Best School Category and brought home RM5,000 for their passion and commitment in educating and preparing students for the UPSR examination. – SayangSabah