STUDENTS from lower-income families in Taman Medan who were given an opportunity to attend free tuition expressed their gratitude through a press statement titled New Opportunity to Study.
J. Sathybama and S. Thilageswary, both 17, wrote the statement to publicise the centre at SRJK Vivekananda, Petaling Jaya.
The statement also includes a map and information on the centre.
Twenty volunteer teachers teach about 80 students every Sunday at the centre.
Centre chairman S. Kanagasun-dram said the centre, which began operating five years ago, aimed to eradicate illiteracy.
“We cater to students who cannot afford to go to tuition centres and help ensure they are not left behind in class.
“We also counsel the parents on the importance of education if they want to progress in society,” he explained.
The four main subjects taught are Malay, English, Science and Mathematics.
The centre began after the racial disturbances in Taman Medan and currently, the tuition classes are multi-racial.
The students are provided free transport by Action to Mobilise All Humanity (ATMAH), which carries out humanitarian relief projects nationwide.
Food and drinks are also served for the children.
To raise funds for the poor students, ATMAH is organising a treasure hunt in September.
The hunt’s organising chairman V. Nantha Kumar said funds would be raised for an ATMAH project aimed at addressing urgent social problems plaguing the urban poor, particularly those living in squatter colonies and low-cost flats.
“This time, the treasure hunt takes us to the historic city of Malacca and we welcome participants,” said Nantha Kumar.