SHAH ALAM: In an effort to help young children receive holistic education, SP Setia Foundation has introduced its Setia Caring School programme.
The programme – launched by the foundation to nurture a more empathetic, morally grounded and caring society – was started in three schools.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap said the effort was in line with the Education Blueprint, where the Government aspires to create not just educated students but learned ones.
“Nowadays, it is not good enough to have A’s. A lot has to do with soft skills, which is lacking in our students,” she said.
The Setia Caring Programme has engaged three under-performing schools, namely SK Meru Jalan Tap, SJK© Lee Min and SJK (T) Ladang Vallambrosa, where the idea of “caring” will be promoted.
The foundation’s chairman Tan Sri Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin said while making quality education accessible to all children was important, it was equally important to ensure they were taught other skills.
“It is our responsibility to nurture our children to enable them to grow up rooted in good moral values, being empathetic, and understanding especially to those who are different from them,” he said.
Wan Mohd Zahid, who is also a former Education Ministry director-general, introduced the caring school project in schools nationwide when he was holding the post but it was abandoned after his tenure.
Yap said she was proud to see the programme being brought back, and was sure it will be expanded in due time.
“I have used and seen these type of programmes work during my time as a teacher and later principal.
“These are the kinds of Corporate Social Responsibility programmes that we would like to see,” she said.
Yap said the foundation also made the right decision in choosing a national school, a Tamil school and a Chinese school for the programme.
“This will also lead to unity.
“The children will have the opportunity to interact with each other and embrace the true 1Malaysia spirit,” she said.