A GROUP of Year Six pupils underwent a UPSR Motivation Camp at Sri Petaling Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, organised by Eco World Foundation, the charity arm of Eco World Development Group Bhd.
The three-day, two-night programme saw the participation of 110 pupils from 20 schools in Selangor, including national, Chinese and Tamil schools.
Under the foundation’s core programme Students Aid Programme (SAP), the camp provided basic education needs to underprivileged pupils, regardless of race or religion.
Speaking at the camp’s closing ceremony before presenting certificates to the schoolchildren, foundation chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the camp’s objective was to prepare them mentally and academically for the upcoming UPSR examination this September.
The camp allows pupils to gain skills and confidence to face their examination while interacting with those from different schools.
“Poverty should not be an obstacle to education. Eco World Foundation was initiated about four years ago to focus mainly on education because we strongly believe children are the country's hope and future,” said Lee, adding that the foundation had spent RM47,000 to organise this camp.
He added that the foundation allocated a sum of RM4mil to RM5mil for SAP annually.
SAP provides educational assistance to underprivileged students from primary through secondary and tertiary until they obtain a bachelor’s degree if they obtain excellent results in their examinations.
Each student will be given assistance worth RM1,100 to RM1,200 annually for the duration of their primary education while RM5,000 is given for one-and-a-half years of pre-university education, and RM8,000 to RM18,000 for tertiary education annually.
Currently, there are 2,700 pupils from 135 primary schools under the foundation’s care while more than 300 students are in secondary schools and 37 students are pursuing tertiary education.
“Eighteen students have graduated from universities, out of which, five are from Perlis, four from Penang, four from Johor, four from Selangor and one from Kuala Lumpur,” said Lee, adding that the programme requires no bond and beneficiaries have the freedom to choose their choice of employer.
There are seven camps, this year, for students in different states.
This is the second camp while another five will be carried out after the fasting month and Hari Raya break.