Provide equal access to education to rural schools and creating an environment conducive for learning. Over 360 students from the three schools in Sabah and Sarawak had their eye sight screened by certified optometrists.
Originating from a deep sense of responsibility towards the community and a desire to support equal access to education for all children, we embarked to build our first pilot hostel for SK Magandai in Kota Marudu, Sabah in 2011 where about 77 students, some from neighboring villages as far as six (6) hours walk, were housed in the space.
Through this, we saw the school community benefiting from hostel accommodation as commute times to the school were significantly reduced, student dropout rates decreased and the overall UPSR passing rates increased by 14.6% between 2012 and 2013.
We continued going beyond and in 2011 and 2012, built two other hostels for SK Sungai Paku, Kapit, Sarawak and SK Malinsau, Ranau, Sabah. By engaging with the schools, we were able to aid the community to secure a better quality of life through our various programmes in collaboration with trusted, professional partners and NGOs.
Among the projects we have done in the past was the eyecare project. Through one of the resident school teachers from SK Magandai, Cikgu Helley, we found that some students faced difficulties in their eyesight. From there, with the help of the Association of Malaysian Optometrists (AMO), we organized a professional vision screening for all three schools. In total, over 360 students were screened and new glasses were provided to 15 students who needed it.
This year, we partnered with Starfish Foundation to expand our network to five other hostels and a community center in East Malaysia, benefitting about 200 students through our Astro Kampus learning programmes.
“We’re grateful to Astro for installing Kampus Astro at our hostels. We received good feedback from the children about how the programs are interesting and educational which is encouraging to hear,” said Jimmy Lei, Starfish Foundation Founder and Chairman.