Boost for reading

Nan Yusri (centre) listening as a SK Kampung Bakam teacher explains about some of the library’s resources. At left is Awang Rapbil.

MIRI: SK Kampung Bakam pupils now have access to an extended range of books and educational materials thanks to the refurbishment of their school library.

The refurbished library named Pusat Gedung Ilmu Deleum was made possible by a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project of oil and gas product and service provider Deleum Bhd.

The group’s managing director Nan Yusri Nan Rahimy said that SK Kampung Bakam was adopted by the company in 2014 under a programme spearheaded by the Pintar Foundation.

The foundation was established in 2008 to spearhead the a school adoption programme. It aims to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Malaysian students from under-served communities

The programme seeks to inspire students of under performing schools nationwide to become responsible citizens by promoting intelligence, nurturing talent and advocating responsibility or Pintar for short.

“In spite of technology and the Internet, a brick and mortar library still plays a key role in the lives of students,” he said.

“We hope that the refurbished library will serve as a springboard to motivate the pupils to explore deeper, and nurture their innate creativity as they strive to keep pace in today’s fast-changing world,” he said.

The refurbishment project was supported by student volunteers of Curtin University Malaysia in collaboration with Deleum.

The event was held in conjunction with the opening ceremony of #MiriMembaca, a district-level reading programme.

Also present were Miri deputy education officer Alias Ngah, SK Kampung Bakam headmaster Awang Rapbil Awang Sulaiman and Curtin University Malaysia deputy pro-vice chancellor Prof Beena Giridharan. - By DAPHNE JOLLY

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