A TOTAL of 700 underprivileged pupils from 100 primary schools in Negri Sembilan received school supplies and personal hygiene kits from Petronas Foundation.
The initiative, carried out jointly with Southern Region Petronas, was part of the national oil company’s back-to-school programme.
Petronas Foundation chief executive officer Nelly Francis Shariah said the programme, which has been held for the past 18 years, was aimed at lightening the financial burden of underprivileged families at the start of the school year.
“The cost of school supplies is one of the challenges these families face every year.
“This year, we are also providing personal hygiene kits to these pupils to help them stay safe and acclimatise to the new normal as they resume school, ” she added.
Each pupil received two sets of school uniform and a pair of socks and shoes, three-layer reusable face masks, a towel, a box of paper soap, a school bag, a tumbler, a student activity notebook, a pencil case and stationery items.
The student activity notebook includes simple science experiments on personal hygiene, health infographics and stickers designed to help students understand science and its application to real life.
Southern Region Petronas head Sazli Zakaria expressed hope that the contribution would help ease the worries of some parents as their children begin their school year amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The foundation, the CSR arm of Petronas, is also providing teachers at beneficiary schools with lesson plans that promote the science of personal hygiene among pupils this year, in collaboration with the Education Ministry.
As part of its efforts, a three-episode video on the science of personal hygiene featuring “STEM Man” has been released.
The objective is to remind parents, children and the public of the importance of practising good hygiene to minimise the risk of Covid-19 infection at schools.