‘Back to School’ programme now in its sixth year; funding provided to Sekolah Kebangsaan (FELDA) Pasir Besar for Robotic programme
GEMAS, 18 JANUARY 2023 – Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Malaysia recently distributed Back to School packs for students at Sekolah Kebangsaan (FELDA) Pasir Besar, Gemas, Negeri Sembilan. In addition, the school also received a personal donation from Yayasan Jaafar Ahmad to help set up its Coding and Robotic Club.
A total of 260 children from Sekolah Kebangsaan (FELDA) Pasir Besar received the Back to School packs, valued at RM26,000. Overall, RMHC Malaysia had allocated RM1.5 million in 2022 to prepare the “Back to School” packs for distribution to about 25,000 primary school students from underprivileged families throughout the nation. The packs are actively being distributed in stages before the start of this year’s school session in March.
Embracing Digital Skills
Apart from the “Back To School” packs from RMHC, Sekolah Kebangsaan (FELDA) Pasir Besar also received a donation of RM15,000 from Yayasan Jaafar Ahmad to set up a Coding and Robotic Club under the Felda Digital Maker Hub programme, which was established to transform digital education in FELDA schools.
Yayasan Jaafar Ahmad is a foundation established by Dato’ Azmir bin Jaafar, Managing Director and Local Operating Partner, McDonald’s Malaysia, who is also President of RMHC Malaysia. The foundation which was set up in honour of Azmir’s father aims to help those in need around Negeri Sembilan through beneficial initiatives that promotes shared prosperity.
“As the son of a FELDA settler, I feel it is my responsibility to contribute towards the welfare of FELDA children here. Sekolah Kebangsaan (FELDA) Pasir Besar is where I gained my primary school education and I am deeply indebted to my teachers at the time. It is my sincere wish to share sustenance with those in need and this personal contribution via Yayasan Jaafar Ahmad is a token of my appreciation to the school that has shaped me to be who I am today. May it inject enthusiasm for the children and pave the way for their success in the future,” said Dato’ Azmir Jaafar.
The RM15,000 donation was handed to Abdul Rahim bin Abdullah, Headmaster of Sekolah Kebangsaan (FELDA) Pasir Besar. Witnessing the handover event was guest of honour, Tan Sri Idris bin Jusoh, Chairman of FELDA.
“I am very heartened to meet Dato’ Azmir Jaafar who is one of FELDA’s bright stars. More importantly, I am very grateful to all FELDA children who have grown to become successful individuals and have not forgotten their roots by continuing to give back to FELDA through their own initiatives,” said Tan Sri Idris bin Jusoh.