Human Resources Ministry (MOHR) in partnership with the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) provided 941 students from 452 families in Ipoh with educational assistance through its “Cahaya Ilmu” programme.
The aid presented by Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran is part of the ministry and HRDF’s efforts to ease the education expenses of underprivileged students.
The programme also aims to encourage selected families to save and invest in their children’s future with the National Education Savings Scheme or Skim Simpanan Pendidikan Nasional (SSPN).
In his speech at the event, Kulasegaran said: “The Government is determined to drive growth and equitable outcomes towards shared prosperity.”
“We are pleased to collaborate with HRDF through the ‘Cahaya Ilmu’ programme. These contributions will help ease the burden of the families in regards to their children’s education, enhance their overall wellbeing and motivate them to excel in their studies.
Most importantly, we want to inculcate a culture of saving for the future which will help them in the long run, ” he added.
HRDF’s board chairman Datuk Noor Farida Mohd Ariffin, in her speech said: “The intent of the ‘Cahaya Ilmu’ programme is to provide students from disadvantaged families with equal opportunity to quality education. Malaysia must do more to ensure that our children not only have access to education, but also benefit from quality education.”
“Last year, HRDF approved almost RM700mil financial assistance to support over one million training places. We are proud of this achievement and we wish to share our good work with all Malaysians.”
HRDF, as an agency under MOHR, continues to play a pivotal role in nurturing Malaysian talent through skills’ development and capacity building programmes.
The ‘Cahaya Ilmu’ programme is HRDF’s first corporate social responsibility initiative this year in partnership with MOHR.
Through this programme, HRDF aims to address the learning and development challenges that affect families and children from the B40 households that have an average monthly income of RM3,000 and below.
HRDF expects to extend this programme to all states in Malaysia over the next 12 months to support the Government’s aim of enhancing and supporting the education and lifelong learning of all Malaysians as the country strives for developed nation status by 2030.
Also present at the event were MOHR deputy secretary-generals Datuk Muhd Khair Razman Mohamed Annuar and Maniam Arumugam as well as HRDF’s chief executive Elanjelian Venugopal.
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