US$137,000 worth of equipment donated to 6 primary schools in initial phase
Aims to transform and improve quality of education by bringing IT into the classroom
THE Community Chest, an independent, not-for–profit non-governmental charitable organization set up by the private sector to focus on education, has partnered with Dell to launch an E-Classroom program.
The program, which aims to enhance the learning experience for Malaysian students, was launched at the SJK (C) La Salle school in Sri Petaling recently, the two said in a joint statement.
“The E-Classroom programme is designed to transform and improve the quality of education by introducing technology into schools,” said Tan Kong Han, administrator of The Community Chest.
“Our objective is to help students achieve academic excellence by improving the resources available within the classroom,” he added.
Under the program, an initial six schools around the country have received sponsorships worth RM420,000 (US$136,940) from The Community Chest, with SJK (C) La Salle receiving RM180,000 worth.
The hardware provided to the school includes Dell desktops, printers, visualizers and projectors that were acquired by The Community Chest at a preferred rate.
“The partnership with Dell to provide IT hardware will continue to expand, benefiting schools nationwide,” added Tan.
The other initial recipients under the E-Classroom Programme are: SJK (T) Slim River, Perak; SJK (C) Nan Kai, Kuala Lumpur; SJK (C) Chung Hwa Damansara, Petaling Jaya; SJK (C) Yoke Min, Bangi, and SJK (C) Yoke Nam, Kuala Lumpur.
“Dell is a big advocate of education and youth initiatives aimed at helping the leaders of tomorrow thrive,” said K.T. Ong, general manager for Commercial Business, Dell Sales Malaysia.
Chai Boey Kiat, headmistress of SJK (C) La Salle, said, “We are glad to be part of the E-Classroom program as we recognize that technology can play a key role in the school curriculum.
“The students and teachers will certainly benefit from using the technology to learn, communicate and work together in their daily lessons. The programme supports our goal to prepare students for further education and the workplace of the future,” she said.
Left to right: Chai Boey Keat, SJKC La Salle principal; Tan Loon Swan, chairman of Board Of Governors of SJKC La Salle; Tun Hanif Omar, Trustee of The Community Chest; and K.T. Ong, general manager, Commercial Business, Dell Sales Malaysia