Computers for orang asli folk

Lee (third from right) with the items donated to the three orang asli villages.

YAYASAN Sukarelawan Siswa (YSS) presented three sets of computers to representatives of three orang asli villages, which are involved in the YSS-public administration diploma (DPA) tuition project.

The three desktops were donated by Microsoft Malaysia while the refurbished central processing units were bought using donations collected from the Education Ministry staff last month.

YSS chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the computers would benefit orang asli villagers and their children in Sungai Melut in Dengkil, Bukit Tadom in Banting and Sungai Rasau Hilir in Puchong.

Lee said the YSS-DPA project for orang asli villages started in February and would end later this month.

He said over 300 volunteers had joined the programme and provided free tuition to orang asli children.

“The volunteers include YSS alumni, students from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris and post graduate students from National Institute of Public Administration.

“They take turns to give free tuition classes on information and communications technology (ICT), Malay and English language every weekend,” Lee said after a handing over ceremony in Kampung Tadom.

He said volunteers also offered basic ICT courses to youths in orang asli villages using a fun-learning approach.

Lee said the programme was also in line with the Malaysian Education Blueprint (2013-2025), which among others aimed to provide access to information technology and equal education opportunity for all.

“The tuition project was first mooted by YSS in 2013.

“It was successfully implemented at two villages, namely Kampung Gita Lama and Kampung Gita Baru in Kota Samarahan, Sarawak.

“In 2017, the project was held at Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih (SBJK) in Kuala Lumpur, which is a school for street kids,” he said.

Lee said SBJK was chosen by the ministry under its initiative to help these unprivileged children get equal access to education.

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