FORTY-EIGHT students from eight schools in the Khantan area have received bursaries worth more than RM20,000 from cement company Lafarge Malaysia’s Lafarge Schools Project.
A total of 36 pupils and 12 secondary school students received the contribution in recognition of their excellent academic and co-curricular achievements.
Lafarge’s Khantan senior plant manager Jean Yves Clement said education is the key to success as it opens doors for people from all backgrounds.
“We are delighted to play our part to promote educational excellence in the hope that the bursaries will further encourage the students to strive to excel,” he said in his speech during the handover ceremony at Dovenby Estate, Sungai Siput on Thursday.
At Lafarge Malaysia, Clement said they firmly believe in giving back to the community they operate in.
“Education and safety are key focus areas of our corporate responsibility initiatives.
“We believe it is important to continually encourage students to fulfil their potential and at the same time, provide a safe environment for them to learn and play,” he said.
Present to handover the bursaries was Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan, a former employee of Lafarge Malaysia.
In his speech, he commended the company for being committed in giving aid to poor students, saying that this is not the company’s first year doing so.
“Although it is not a large contribution, the most important thing is that they can help to ease the burden of parents so that they are able to buy books and stationery items for their schoolchildren.
“The company has always played a key role in partnering with the ministry as we strive to produce well-balanced students,” he said, adding that he looked forward to more companies collaborating with the ministry to reach out to more students and communities in rural areas.
The company also recently contributed fans for use in SJKT Ladang Dovenby classrooms in addition to its annual contribution to the school’s Sports Day and Excellence Day, among others. SJKT Ladang Dovenby is one of Lafarge Malaysia’s adopted schools.
Through the Lafarge Schools Project, which was initiated in 1997, the company has given out more than RM2.5mil, benefitting 3,500 students around Malaysia.