KAMI Insan Tanah Air (Kita) has helped 200 underprivileged children in the “Kita Bantu – Jom Ke Sekolah” programme with the involvement of PTPTN (National Higher Education Fund Corporation).
The “Kita Bantu - Jom Ke Sekolah” programme contributed RM1,000 to each child in their SSPN-I (national education savings scheme) savings fund. The scheme was developed by PTPTN for the purpose of funding higher education expenses for families with basic income of less than RM4,000 per month.
The 200 underprivileged children aged from six to 12 years were chosen based on their families’ income from various zakat institutions in Kuala Lumpur.
The programme, held at the Dewan Serbaguna Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir, saw approximately 600 visitors including the 200 underprivileged children.
Kita, an organisation established on Aug 18 this year, has a mission to help the youth towards easier access to education.
The programme also aims at building and cultivating first-class mentality among Malaysians, which is in line with Kita’s vision.
Moreover, the programme’s goal is to create awareness and mould role model citizens who perform charitable deeds as well as emphasise the spirit of nationalism.
Supporting the programme was Community Development Department (Kemas) which had a booth giving free haircuts for the first 50 underprivileged children, as well as a free handicraft booth.
The programme was also supported by various government agencies such as the police, Kemas, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela).
Mydin Hypermarket also sponsored school bags in support of Kita’s Kita Bantu – Jom Ke Sekolah programme.
Kita president Mohd Danial Abdul Rahman said the programme’s purpose was not solely based on monetary aspects but emphasised the importance of
tertiary education for young children.
He also mentioned the importance for parents to educate their children to save money for their future education.
PTPTN chairman Wan Saiful Wan Jan was pleased to fete the 200 underprivileged children with the engagement of the government agencies to bear the responsibilities in making the programme a success.
“The contributions were made based on our responsibilities as citizens of Malaysia to help and build the spirit of nationalism among each other,“ he said.