Yayasan UEM brings cheer to 600 underprivileged students

KUALA LUMPUR: Ahead of the 2020 school term, Yayasan UEM, the philanthropic arm of UEM Group Bhd, assisted parents from lower-income groups by distributing back-to-school essential items to a total of 600 students from Kedah, Perak and Terengganu.

The Yayasan UEM Back-to-School Programme is an annual initiative aimed at easing the financial burden of the country’s underprivileged community.

Each of the 600 primary and secondary student from Padang Terap, Gerik and Dungun received two pairs of school uniforms, a pair of shoes and socks, school bag and a stationery set.

For 2019, Yayasan UEM included a new element to the programme – complimentary eye checks via its partnership with Menara Optometry.

And those found to require prescription glasses were provided with spectacles, courtesy of the foundation.

“We all know the importance of eyesight but many take it for granted," said Datuk Mohd Izani Ghani, managing director of UEM Group and a member of the Yayasan UEM board of trustees.

"We also understand that an underprivileged family may not be able to afford regular eye checks and prescription glasses, and it is with this in mind that we decided to expand our Back-to-School Programme to ensure students learn better in school.

The start of a new school term is always financially challenging for parents, especially those from the lower-income group. We acknowledge and empathise with their financial plight, and we hope

our assistance will lessen some of their financial burden, bring cheer to the students and have them excited to go to school, ” he added.

The Back-to-School Programme began in 2013 and as at December 2019, a total of 56,600 schoolchildren across Malaysia have benefited from it.

Yayasan UEM’s other education-focused programmes aimed at Malaysia’s B40 groups include tuition classes, digital education spanning coding, circuitry and robotics, and scholarships for local and overseas universities.

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