New social enterprise to support rural-based schoolchildren's education


  • SME
  • Thursday, 05 Dec 2019

Dreamr was established to provide an avenue for students in remote schools in Sarawak to be self-sustaining by producing marketable products and selling the items online and through retail partners.

PETALING JAYA: The Ministry of Education (MOE) has launched a social enterprise, Dreamr Sdn Bhd, in a bid to create a better education experience for rural-based schoolchildren.

Dreamr was established to provide an avenue for students in remote schools in Sarawak to be self-sustaining by producing marketable products and selling the items online and through retail partners.

Founders of Dreamr Stan Zabolotsky and Adrian Lafage said: “This year, the theme of the competition was Malaysian wildlife, and we are thrilled that over 400 students across 30 schools in Sarawak participated and created amazing artwork with strong messages.”

“Besides raising awareness of the beautiful nature of Sarawak, we hope to draw attention to relevant environmental concerns such as deforestation.

“What is better than an urge from the young ones to take care of the environment for future generations?,” they said in a statement.

Dreamr will be printing the top drawings from the competition on T-shirts. For each T-shirt sold, a school backpack will be sent to a student in one of the participating schools.

Zabolotsky and Lafage are confident that within months, they will be able to supply hundreds of students with much-needed backpacks to support their education.

“With this, Dreamr will be a social enterprise platform that does not rely on donations, we can be self-sustaining,” Zabolotsky and Lafage added.

In the near future, Dreamr plans to organise such competitions across Malaysia as a yearly event. The objective is to educate the students on various important topics and raising awareness of these topics through their product sales.

As the platform grows, Dreamr plans to launch other social programmes focused on education, including scholarships

“As both of us are expatriates, many have wondered why we are doing this, and the reality is that this started just as a side project we worked on in the evenings after work.

"But the more we worked on it, the more passionate we became, seeing the excitement of the participating students and the impact we can make on their lives,” Zabolotsky and Lafage said.
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