RHB Banking Group has contributed RM5mil towards providing digital devices to primary and secondary school students from lower income families to ensure they gain equal access to online education through the Cerdik initiative.
This pilot initiative is jointly spearheaded by the Finance Ministry and Education Ministry.
The Cerdik programme aims to provide digital access to education by helping students from B40 families adapt to online lessons, e-learning and outside-classroom teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This comprises two key components — accessibility to devices and data connectivity.
Under this programme, RHB will provide more than 3,600 laptops and dongles, mobile connectivity as well as the required software for more than 3,600 students in 29 selected schools nationwide.
“The prolonged Covid-19 pandemic brings to light gaps that exist between those who have access to digital education and those who do not, ” said RHB Banking Group managing director Datuk Khairussaleh Ramli.
“This digital divide will be narrowed through the collaborative initiative between government agencies and corporate bodies in ensuring equal access to quality education for all students, ” he said.
Participation in the Cerdik initiative complements RHB’s ongoing commitment towards nurturing future generations through a holistic educational programme.
Its flagship RHB X-Cel Academic Excellence programme — which was launched in 2019 — has benefitted more than 1,000 students from B40 and underprivileged families annually, while 21 students from the B40 families have been given the RHB X-Cel Star Scholarship programme since its inception in 2019.
“Programmes such as these will help level the playing field and open up opportunities to quality education for high-performing students, enabling them to achieve their dreams of pursuing their tertiary education at local universities, ” Khairussaleh added.
Yayasan Hasanah managing director Shahira Ahmed Bazari thanked RHB Banking Group for its support.
Yayasan Hasanah is the secretariat of the Cerdik programme, coordinating the private sector’s support in collaboration with both ministries.
“Cerdik provides reliable learning devices to students and this is paired with technical support, connectivity and warranty.
“Despite the global supply issues on accessing quality laptops, Cerdik is now on track to deliver the devices based on the stipulated timelines, ” said Shahira.
These devices are expected to be delivered in batches by the district education offices located nearest to the deserving students.
The first batch was delivered on April 26 and more devices are expected to be delivered this month.
For details, visit www.rhbgroup.com/community-engagement/index.html.