Trekking for a good cause

Dr Ting (at the entrance in blue T-shirt) during the opening of the new preschool in Long Itam.

ACADEMICS from the University of Nottingham will be making their way up to the peak of Naya Kanga mountain in Kathmandu, Nepal this April

It is to raise funds to support pre-school education for children from the Penan community in Sarawak.

Dr Ting Kang Nee who heads the Biomedical Sciences Department at the university’s campus in Malaysia and Dr Yvonne Mbaki, a lecturer in Medical Physiology, School of Life Sciences from the varsity’s UK campus are working together for the cause.

“I believe that empowering the younger generation with education will be the most practical way to lift them out of poverty,” said Dr Ting.

She said the children left their homes at a young age to live and study at residential schools without any exposure to preschool learning.

They are unable to cope in school and many have dropped out, she said.

One way of preventing the young ones from dropping out was to prepare them at preschool level.

The children, she said spoke in their native dialects and had to be taught to speak in Bahasa Malaysia and English. They must also be informed of what to expect in the residential schools, Dr Ting added.

The objective is to raise funds for the preschools at Long Itam and Long Kawi villages.

The group aims to raise RM35,000 and is appealing for donations from alumni, the public and corporate sponsors keen to support the cause.

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