KUCHING: The mini library at SK Bario, a primary school in the remote Kelabit Highlands community of Bario, recently received a boost with book donations facilitated by local NGO Youth Sarawak.
A team from Youth Sarawak visited the school last month for a community service project, bringing along 10 boxes of donated books and stationery.
Team members also conducted a night class for the pupils, tutoring them in Mathematics and Bahasa Malaysia.
“Our engagement with teachers and volunteers revealed that the pupils of SK Bario are enthusiastic when it comes to studies and teamwork.
“For instance, they participated in and won a project in a solar energy workshop last year,” Youth Sarawak said in a media release.
The NGO noted that Bario’s isolated location had not stopped locals from achieving academic success. The Kelabit community has a high ratio of professionals in their midst, including teachers, medical specialists, lawyers, engineers and corporate figures.
“Youth Sarawak aims to uphold this reputation and create even better opportunities for Bario locals. We have set a goal to continuously support and educate local students through various programmes such as computer and creative art classes.
“Our promise is that we will be back,” it said.
Before leaving, the team members spent time exploring Bario’s lush greenery, paddy fields and Tamu Ria where villagers gather every weekend to trade and socialise.
Youth Sarawak is an NGO supported by the Chief Minister in building a community of proactive youth in Sarawak through volunteering and giving back to every corner of the state.