Encouraging wider use of English

KPJ Healthcare Berhad recently paid a visit to The Star to do its bit to encourage students to pick up the newspaper and expand their English vocabulary.

The visit saw members of the healthcare provider familiarising themselves with the operations of the media company.

During the visit, KPJ Healthcare also sponsored RM8,000 worth of The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) subscriptions for a year to schools.

“We want to help schools that cannot afford to provide students with this educational aid,” said KPJ Healthcare Bhd central region executive director Mohd Taufik Ismail.

He said the pullout was a great way for students to not only improve their command of English, but also to keep abreast of the happenings in the country.

As part of its corporate social responsibility initiative, 10,000 copies of NiE will be distributed to selected schools.

“So far, we have shortlisted eight schools. We will make further cuts to pick the schools that will need this educational aid the most,” Taufik added.

NiE is a 12-page pullout focusing on the learning and teaching of the English language.

Besides mini contests designed to enhance the students’ grasp of the language, the pullout provides a platform for students to submit their work for discussion.

The schools sponsored are from Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Selangor, Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak.

For enquiries on NiE packages and the sponsorship programme, call The Star’s customer care unit at 03-7967 1777, between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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