STUDENTS facing the bleak prospect of failing their exams and dropping out of school because they could not afford devices for their online classes were among the beneficiaries of a special Covid-19 project by the Rotary Club of Ara Damansara (RCAD).
These 22 secondary school students received a notebook PC each under the club’s “A Student, A Laptop” programme.
Ten computers were also presented to SMK(P) Taman Petaling under the programme recently.
Club president Chiew Teck Wee said the project was to give students equal access to education.
The Forms Four, Five and Six students were selected based on their essay submission, household income level, academic results and recommendations from their school counselling teachers.
“Understanding that students need access to Internet and digital devices for online classes, we quickly came out with this project hoping that these laptops could help students study better and excel in their coming SPM and STPM exams, ” he said in a press release.This community service programme is an ongoing effort under the Rotary Covid-19 emergency relief aid project to reduce the impact of the pandemic on Malaysians, especially the lower income group.
On Dec 23 last month, a symbolic handover ceremony for the programme was held at SMK La Salle Petaling Jaya for 12 students of the school and five others from the neighbouring Catholic High School.
Present were La Salle principal Dr Teh Lah Hoong and Catholic High School principal Lau Yan Hong.
Five notebook PCs were earlier handed to student mentees of the RCAD’s Rotary Education Fund programme making the total contribution 22 to date.
On other Covid-19 related aid, Chiew said RCAD had supported 63 families from the B40 group and refugees in Klang Valley, and donated 550 personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontliners at Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Hospital Selayang and University of Malaya Medical Centre (PPUM) and arranged for 20 free cataract surgeries for old folks.
“These projects are made possible because of the generous donations by our members, project partners, Rotary District 3300 and the public, ” said Chiew.
He added that Rotary Clubs globally have been helping young and old people, local communities regardless of race, religion, creed, gender or political affiliation
Individuals interested to be a volunteer, donor or project partner can can reach Chiew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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