EIGHT children from the Taiping Children’s Home have been accepted into local universities.
The home’s sports and development project manager N. Gunasageran said the children have benefited from a grant form the Socio Economic Development For The Indian Community (Sedic) group in February this year for the home to run the project.
Gunasageran said the children have been accepted into Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu and Universiti Sains Malaysia.
“Three others were also accepted into colleges and polytechnics,” he said.
“We would like to thank the Prime Minister for the grant, which has also helped reduce the financial burden of the home,” he added.
Gunasageran said Sedic is a unit under the Prime Minister’s Department to help develop Indian youths.
He said the project, which was started in 2014, also helps develop the children into athletes.
“In the recent district level cross country meet, four athletes from our project secured gold medals and at the Perak Schools Cross Country Meet, one got gold and three athletes were selected to represent Perak at the Malaysian Schools’ Cross Country Meet in Port Dickson.
“Many of our participants also won various sporting events,” he said, adding that there are currently 40 participants in the project.
Gunasageran said they have also recently concluded a motivational workshop for school leavers to polish their team building and public speaking.