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 also continue going beyond by aiding the school communities to secure better quality of life through various programmes in collaboration with trusted, professional partners and NGOs. We work closely with the school teachers to identify potential areas which the school communities need assistance.
Among the projects we worked on was the recent eyecare project. It started when Cikgu Helley, a teacher from SK Magandai noticed one of her students had problems with her eyesight. After checking with the other schools, we realised most of the kids have never gotten their eyes professionally checked, so with the help of Association of Malaysian Optometrists (AMO) we visited the three schools and provided vision screening to over 360 students and glasses to 15 students.
Jamain bin Simban Abdul Halim, headmaster of SK Malinsau said, “We only hope that the new spectacles will give students the confidence to to study harder.”