Equipping poor students with culinary and hospitality skills

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 14 Jun 2019

Wan says the SHCAC is aimed at reaching out to poor students to address poverty.

THREE years ago, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali declared open the Saleha Hospitality & Culinary Arts Centre (SHCAC) at the SMK St Mary’s, Kuala Lumpur campus in Selayang.

The centre, named after Dr Siti Hasmah’s sister Tan Sri Saleha Mohd Ali, has since seen scores of students benefit from its culinary and hospitality workshops and courses. The wife of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is an alumna of St Mary’s.

Recently, the SMK St Mary’s Alumni Club announced that Dr Siti Hasmah would be the guest of honour at its gala dinner on July 6 at Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

The dinner – themed “United & Strong – Past & Present” – aims to raise funds for the school’s primary and secondary wings.

According to alumni president Wan Mai Gan, SHCAC aims to reach out to poor students to address systemic poverty and equip them with home science skills.

“Home science or home economics is no longer part of the school syllabus, so the teaching of hospitality and culinary arts is St Mary’s initiative as an added-value curriculum, and funds are needed to allow the girls to undergo a more complete learning experience,” she said.

The school is also embarking on a plan to equip its classrooms with interactive or smart white boards.

Wan said as a showcase school of the 21st Century Education campaign (Sentul zone), the new equipment would encourage student engagement in a fun learning environment.

“We would like to call on our alumni to support our noble initiatives.

“On July 6 when we walk down memory lane and enjoy the good food and entertainment, let us contribute to those in need too,” she added.

Tickets for the dinner are priced at RM10,000 for a platinum table, RM500 per person for a gold seat and RM250 per person for a regular seat.

For details, email stmarys.alumni.events@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/SmkStMarysAlumniClub

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