Free phones, SIM cards for B40


Timely effort: A single mother in Labuan received a phone and a YES SIM card from YTL Foundation and YES, which enabled her children to continue learning during the first movement control order in March last year.

ELIGIBLE B40 families and individuals can apply for free smartphones, one year’s worth of free data and free access to online learning content, offered through YES Prihatin plans.

On May 5, YES in partnership with YTL Foundation and learning content platform FrogAsia, launched the YES Prihatin plans under the government’s Jaringan Prihatin initiative.

The Jaringan Prihatin programme was announced by the government in the Budget 2021 tabling last November as a subsidy initiative to help B40 families and individuals pay for data plans.

Through YES Prihatin, B40 families will have full access to YTL Foundation’s Learn from Home learning content, which includes free lessons in Bahasa Melayu, English, Mathematics, and Science from Primary 1 to Form 5 mapped to the Malaysian syllabus, as well as access to revision quizzes in all core subjects through FrogAsia’s FrogPlay mobileapp.

The Learn from Home content includes 1,272 lessons across four core subjects – Bahasa Melayu, English, Mathematics and Science – all mapped against the national curriculum for Year One to Form Five.

All Learn From Home lessons are available on the YTL Foundation website and the FrogPlay Mobile App.

The latter also includes more than 13,000 quizzes covering all core subjects, making learning and revising easily accessible to all students with smartphones.

Noting that the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the education for school children, more so those in low income families that cannot afford data or devices for their children to attend their virtual lessons, YTL Communications Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Yeoh Seok Hong said it is crucial that B40 families have access to resources to help their children continue to learn especially as the schooling situation in Malaysia remains uncertain.

“That is why we feel it is imperative that B40 families have devices, free data and the learning content, ” he said in a press release.

YTL Foundation programme director Datuk Kathleen Chew said the YES Prihatin plans are a continuation of the Learn From Home programme, designed to connect school children digitally to their schools and other learning resources on the platform.

“Education is a powerful tool that can unlock many possibilities. “When we remove the barrier to education by making online learning accessible to all, we are giving every child a chance to succeed and achieve more.

“YES Prihatin will impact the lives of these children and by boosting literacy, we are also contributing to our nation’s development in the long term, ” she said.

Meanwhile, children from B40 families can continue to apply for the foundation’s free phone and data programme, which has been extended to Sept 30.

The extension of the programme, which also comes under its Learn From Home initiative, is in view of the Education Ministry’s recent announcement that all schools

will be carrying out home-based teaching and learning for two weeks after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri school break.

National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Aminuddin Awang commended YTL Foundation for the initiative.

“This is another timely effort by YTL Foundation that will not only help B40 families, but also teachers, by keeping students and teachers connected, and supporting teachers with interesting and relevant content to keep online lessons engaging, ” he said.

He added that NUTP’s 230,000 members nationwide will be supporting the initiative by sharing the news with students and parents.Applications for the YES Prihatin plans, can be made by visiting yes.my/kasiupB40 or via the MyYes App.

To help a B40 family by nominating them for a free phone and data, log on to ytlfoundation.org/learnfromhome.

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