ALMOST 15,000 underprivileged primary and secondary school children from across Malaysia entered the 2016 school term with brand new uniforms and other essential school supplies courtesy of UEM Group Berhad (UEM Group) and its group of companies.
With an investment totalling RM2.9mil, the 2015 “Back-to-School” programme is an annual initiative by the engineering-based infrastructure and services group.
The number of recipients of the programme, made up of the community as well as the company’s very own personnel, has expanded over the years.
In 2014, 11,000 school children benefited from the programme.
“It is important that we support our communities and our staff.
“We understand the pressure parents face having to pay for uniforms and school bags, and our aim is to alleviate their annual financial burden as much as possible.
“The excitement on the children’s faces are not only rewarding but also tells us that they are able to attend school as comfortably as possible,” said UEM Group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Izzaddin Idris.
He said the “Back-to-School” programme was just one of many education-based initiatives under UEM Group.
The company and its subsidiaries – PLUS (M) Bhd, UEM Sunrise Bhd, UEM Builders Bhd, Cement Industries of Malaysia Bhd (CIMA) and UEM Edgenta Bhd – have other long-running education programmes such as tuition classes, scholarships to attend local and overseas universities, study grant for the children of its employees and partnerships with local universities.
The company has also adopted a total of 39 Pintar schools, the largest commitment undertaken by any company with Pintar Foundation.
Under this programme, a total of 411 school children from hard core poor families not only receive the back-to-school essentials but UEM Group also covers their school fees, provide them with meals, workbooks and activities books as well as the required sports attire.
In addition, UEM Group supports Yayasan Amir’s two trust schools, both located in Johor Baru as well as Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera for the foundation’s efforts in providing education to Bumiputera talents.
“I have always believed that education creates empowerment and it is the catalyst for upward social mobility.
“With this in mind, we will continue to refine, expand our existing programmes as well as support other key education-based activities that will help develop Malaysia’s future human capital,” added Izzaddin.