Reaching out to rural students


By AVA LAI

Pro-DR members posing with Nansian.— Photos by AVA LAI/The Star

KUCHING: School-leavers from the rural areas in Sarawak are encouraged to attend the Dream Realized Project (Pro-DR) Roadshow taking place in various parts of the state until the end of this month.

The roadshow will start in Sri Aman today before proceeding to Betong tomorrow, Saratok this Thursday, Sarikei on Saturday, Sibu on Sunday, Mukah on March 22, Bintulu on March 24, Miri on March 26, Limbang on March 28 and ending its journey in Lawas on March 30.

Pro-DR is organised by Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (Tegas) and the Workforce Development Unit to reach out to rural youths in Sarawak.

This is the second Pro-DR roadshow after the encouraging response the event received last year.

The roadshow will feature 40 education institutions and training schools including local universities and colleges.

An additional 10 institutions have joined the roadshow this year.

Nansian (left) launching the Pro-DR at the old State Legislative Assembly complex in Petra Jaya.
Nansian (left) launching the Pro-DR at the old State Legislative Assembly complex in Petra Jaya. 

The objective of the event is to provide an opportunity for school-leavers in rural areas to acquire detailed information about the training and education opportunities available.

Visitors will also be able to register on the spot with any of the institutions that they are interested in.

Besides the higher learning institutions and training schools, Pro-DR will also see Yayasan Sarawak, National Higher Education Fund Corporation and Yayasan Peneraju on hand to advise school-leavers and help them register at the institution or school of their choosing.

The Sarawak counselling teachers association will also conduct psychometric tests for school-leavers to identify their interests and talents before making a decision on which courses or field to pursue.

State Local Government and Community Development Assistant Minister Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie said there are rural school students with good results who do not know where to turn to for help in terms of further studies.

“Tegas aims to go into rural areas to help students know more about the courses available and what would be suitable for them.

“We are trying to reach out to school-leavers so that they know the scope and the financial help provided as well as loans, scholarship and grants,” he said when officiating the Pro-DR at the former State Legislative Assembly complex in Petra Jaya.

He advised school-leavers to think about their future prospects when selecting a course to cater to what is in demand.

“In Sarawak, there are over 5,000 longhouses and villages.

“Therefore, we can only go to towns in major district areas.

“The fastest way is to have the district office inform the village,” he said regarding the location of roadshows.

Tegas is also working with local school counsellors. They will also request Friends of Tegas, community leaders and youth parliament members to promote the roadshow.

“I believe that there are many school-leavers in the rural area with extraordinary potential.

“The state needs their help to make Sarawak an advanced and high-income state,” said Nansian.


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