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Malakoff Corporation Berhad (Malakoff) recently sponsored 140 primary six students from the Company’s eleven adopted schools with a three-day educational trip to Kuala Lumpur under its “Learning Beyond The Classroom” programme to provide a unique experiential learning experience for the students.
The “Learning Beyond The Classroom” programme is an annual initiative under Malakoff’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility Platform – the Malakoff Community Partnerships. This year, Malakoff treated the students who were accompanied by their teachers to visit educational places such as the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Hi 5 Bread Museum. They also explored the wonders of science and technology at Petrosains as well as the National Science Centre.
Speaking about the programme, Zainal Abidin Jalil, the Chief Executive Officer of Malakoff said, “At Malakoff, we have been actively supporting our eleven adopted schools through various educational tools and platform to ensure that students have opportunity to nurture their knowledge and talent further.”
“Through such insightful educational trips, students will be able to experience a unique hands-on learning opportunity and apply what they learn in practice beyond the confines of their classroom,” he added.
This year, the students were selected from Malakoff’s eleven adopted schools located near the company’s operations. These schools include SK Segari, SK (C) Pei Min, and SK (T) Ladang Huntly in Lumut, Perak, as well as SK Khir Johari, SRK (C) Chung Hwa, and SK (T) Prai in Seberang Prai, Pulau Pinang, together with SK Sg. Boh, SK Seri Sinaran Chokoh, SK Andek Mori, SK(C) Pei Chiao and SK Serkatin Pontian, Johor.
Apart from the annual school trip, Malakoff, since 2002, has been financially assisting its adopted schools through an annual allocation of RM200,000 to its Education Fund. The Fund enables the schools to upgrade academic facilities such as libraries, computers and science labs. In addition, Malakoff has also been funding tuition classes for students and rewarding high academic achievers to motivate them further in their studies.
Expressing his/her gratitude for Malakoff’s effort, Siti Nohafizah Ahmad, teacher of SK Seri Sinaran Chokoh, said. “We are very grateful for Malakoff’s active involvement in ensuring there are ample opportunities and exposure for our students to expand their knowledge through experiential learning such as this annual school trip.”
“It was surely an eye-opening and fun experience for many of the students who are visiting these places for the first time. It was a well-deserved and fruitful adventure for these young talents after their examinations,” she said.
Nur Faizati Izzah Binti Norazmi, aged 12, from SK Seri Sinaran Chokoh could not contain her excitement as she said, “My friends and I had a lot of fun visiting all the different places in the city. I was impressed to see so many tall buildings here as well.”
Organised since 1997, the “Learning Beyond The Classroom” has involved an increasing number of students, with over 1,000 of them benefiting since the inaugural trip.
Over and above this, Malakoff has been also actively collaborating with various organisations and universities to develop local talents and promote academic excellence. Recently, Malakoff collaborated with AIESEC Malaysia, an international youth organisation, to organise a leadership conference focused on developing the leadership skills among undergraduates.
In addition, Malakoff in partnership with Universiti Tenaga Nasional and Leaderonomics rolled out the Malakoff-UNITEN Talent Acceleration Programme, offering 24 selected graduates with placements under the company’s talent development initiative.
For more details on these and other initiatives under the Malakoff Community Partnerships, please visit http://www.malakoff.com.my.