THE students of SMK Bukit Jambul and SK Bayan Lepas will soon be able to enjoy free copies of The Star every Wednesday, thanks to B Braun Medical Industries Sdn Bhd.
The company, which has always strongly supported The Star's Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) project, has sponsored 150 copies of the newspaper weekly, to both schools.
The sponsorship, worth RM5,000, will run for a year.
B Braun human resources sector head Mohamad Kamal Nawawi said that they set aside a budget every year for community service projects that will enrich the lives of people in the community.
“Our company has a B Braun for Children's programme that aims to enhance the development of children in different aspects of education nationwide,” he said.
He added that the NiE project is another way for the company to help young children in Penang.
“We see this sponsorship as a good vehicle for us to give something back to society,” he said.
SMK Bukit Jambul NiE project coordinator Geraldine Chin said that by giving free newspapers to the students, it is hoped that the young children will inculcate the reading habit and develop a love for reading.
“Getting the students to read newspapers in the classroom is a good way to expose them to good English reading material.
“Ultimately, this helps them to improve their vocabulary,” she said.
She added that by reading the newspapers, students should also be able to pick up new knowledge and be made more aware of current affairs in the country.
Meanwhile, SK Bayan Lepas teacher Lim Gim Siew said that the pupils in her school will definitely benefit from getting the sponsored newspapers as most of them come from non-English-speaking backgrounds.
“The sponsorship will give them the chance to read English newspapers and boost their exposure to the language,” she said.
“Our teachers often use newspapers when they teach.
“I notice that this really helps to improve the English proficiency of the students,” she added.