Ensuring access to early childhood education

Ong (fourth from right) and Wang (second from right) at a scholarship presentation held in Kelantan.

Ong (fourth from right) and Wang (second from right) at a scholarship presentation held in Kelantan.

AFTER receiving the National Woman Entrepreneur Award 2009 for her outstanding achievements and contribution to society, especially in early childhood development, Datin Seri Dr K H Wang who is co-founder of Smart Reader Worldwide, was inspired to realise her vision to ensure that underprivileged children have access to quality preschool education in their formative years.

She contributed the prizes received to initiate the One Child One Hope Education Scholarship programme. Since it started, the programme has funded more than 500 less fortunate children nationwide for their preschool education.

Each child in the programme receives complete education benefits, including the provision of school fees, uniforms, shoes, schoolbags, books, worksheets and various other learning materials.

More than RM500,000 worth of scholarships have been distributed nationwide and through numerous charity establishments such as Yayasan Sultan Kelantan Darulnaim, Yayasan Tuanku Syed Putra and Yayasan Diraja Sultan Mizan.

To date, Smart Reader Worldwide has also organised various fund-raising events.

These include a grand charity concert in 2012 to an exciting family cycle-and-run event in 2017.

“Providing children with quality education during their formative years allows them the opportunity to reach their full potential,” said Wang.

This is supported by Smart Reader Worldwide Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Richard Ong.

“We are delighted to see the accomplishment from the scholarship awardees after they enrol in Smart Reader Kids.

“These success stories inspire us to bring the programme to greater heights so more can benefit from it,” he added.