Enriching experience: Dr Loga Bala (right) and Dr Madinah (third from right) observing students at the newly launched Creative Learning and IT Centre (CLiC). Looking on are Mohd Amin Nordin (second from right) and Mohd Jamal (fourth from right).
A CREATIVE Learning and IT Centre (CLiC) designed to enrich the learning experiences for the Sentul community was launched recently.
It is located in the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) in Sentul, and is a collaboration between Sentul Raya Sdn Bhd (SRSB), Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the Education Ministry.
About 5,400 underprivileged families and more than 25,000 students from 34 participating schools in the neighbourhood are expected to benefit from the RM2mil multimedia-equipped learning centre.
It has been equipped with high-speed YES 4G wireless broadband and Google Chromebook computers, as well as multimedia learning videos, e-books and printed books.
Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan, who launched the centre, said the sustainable and balanced growth of Sentul was important along with infrastructure development.
“The Sentul Urban Renewal vision seeks to transform an urban slum into a sustainable and modern township.
“This is in support of the Government’s Greater Kuala Lumpur Master Plan and the Economic Transformation Programme,” Dr Loga Bala said.
He added that CLiC would be a valuable resource for students and their parents.
“It is vital that no one gets left behind from the IT-age because of lack of access,” he said.
SRSB chairman Datuk Suleiman Abdul Manan said the interactive centre comprises four zones, each with its own learning experience.
At the “Chromebook and Training Zone”, students are encouraged to surf the Internet and do online studies through the use of Chromebooks,
In the “Study Zone”, students are offered access to an expanded collection of new academic books, and can also read and watch videos to improve their general knowledge.
The “Easy Reading Zone” is where adults and children can pick a book or magazine and enjoy hours of reading pleasure.
The “Children’s Zone” is a safe place for parents to bring their children to cultivate a love for reading and learning.
“Various holiday programmes will also be organised for students to learn new skills, including sessions for music, art and drama,” said Suleiman.
Also present during the event were Education Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad, FT Ministry deputy secretary-general Datuk Mohd Jamal Mahussin, DBKL director-general Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz and DBKL deputy director-general Datuk Normah Malik.
SRSB executive director Datuk Hamidah Maktar said several educational enrichment programmes have been planned at the centre.
“The focus will be on strengthening English skills during the first phase. This will include digital, literacy, motivational, skills enrichment and academic workshops to be conducted by partners such as FrogAsia and others.
“CLiC also plans to provide after-school tuition for Bahasa Melayu and Science for primary school pupils, as well as English Language and Mathematics for both primary and secondary schoolchildren,” she said.
CLiC is located at Level 2, UTC Sentul in Sentul Perdana, and is open from 8.30am to 6pm daily.