REACHING out to the poor through education could be the best lifetime aid given.
With this in mind, Deloitte Malaysia has initiated a long-term corporate social responsibility programme by providing tuition to 100 students at the Desa Mentari flats in Petaling Jaya.
Deloitte staff will volunteer their time twice a week for this initiative.
Deloitte Malaysia country managing partner and Impact Day champion Yee Wing Peng shared his experience on teaching the students.
“From my experience, the children can write in English but their spoken language is not as good.
“However, the children are excited to learn and they tell us that our lessons are fun, ” he said.
Most parents hope to provide good education for their children and it is no different at Desa Mentari, said Yee.
“The families here are from the low income background and they are interested to send their children for the extra free lessons we conduct at night. We first started the class in Block 4 but children from other blocks are now attending.
“We plan to expand the programme with more classes.
“While most of our students are ethnically Malays, their parents have asked us if we could teach them Mandarin. They see economic prospects in learning another language and additional skills, ” he said.
Yee added that with good education, the mindset of the community also changes for the better.
The tuition sessions are provided through voluntary basis by Deloitte’s staff.
This programme is an extension of the annual Deloitte’s Impact Day initiative. It was recently carried out with the participation of 700 Deloitte staff from eight offices throughout the country with their key focus centred around education, environment and health.
In conjunction with the day, at Desa Mentari, some 200 volunteers from Deloitte, Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah, Selangor state exco member V.Ganapathi Rao and area councillor Nurainie Haziqah Shafi’i participated in flat beautification activity.
Ganapathi said, “I’m happy that instead of providing a one-off handout, the children here are receiving free tuition by Deloitte staff.
“It is our hope when the children do well academically, they would be able to help their parents and family in the future.
“I saw nice murals over the walls here and I was informed it has been around for the past three years. The murals were not vandalised and this shows the community is mature, ” he said.
Ganapathi hoped the children and adults from the community would be inspired by the staff of Deloitte and emulate the good practices in their lives.