The B.Braun Medical Industries Sdn Bhd has come forward to support The Star Newspaper-in-Education's (NiE) mission to improve students' proficiency in the English language.
They are sponsoring RM5,000 worth of The Star newspapers for SMK Bukit Jambul and SK Bayan Lepas for one year.
Its corporate communications head Nicola Schaefer said the sponsorship was in line with their “Global Children” project, which aimed to support projects that would benefit children.
“As we are part of the community, we feel that it is our responsibility to support the NiE programme that would benefit students in many ways,” said Schaefer.
“Besides improving their English, students can also update themselves on current happenings, both in the local and international scene, by reading newspapers,” she added.
“Therefore, it is vital for us to continue sponsoring newspapers to schools on a sustainable basis,” she said during a mock cheque presentation at SMK Bukit Jambul recently.
After the presentation ceremony, an NiE workshop was conducted for about 35 students of SMK Bukit Jambul. Pizza Hut is The Star's partner in NiE.
One of the students, Eric Lim, said the activities conducted were interesting. “It is really fun to use newspapers as a learning tool. If the teacher had conducted the lesson using a textbook, many of us would have felt bored,” said the Form Two student.
“Besides, we learnt teamwork as most of the time we were asked to complete an assignment in groups,” he added.
Another student, Nabihah Md Hizir, said the workshop had boosted his confidence to speak in English.
“We learn and correct each other while interacting and communicating in English through the activities,” said the 14-year-old.
SMK Bukit Jambul's principal Zainab Ayub said the NiE workshop would help improve on the students' proficiency in the language and interpersonal skills.
“It will help to upgrade the students' command of English. And based on the creative and innovative activities carried out during the NIE lessons, students will find it interesting to learn the language,” she said.