(Top left) Group picture of students and staff volunteers from HELP University and AGN (Bottom left) HELP University students and staff giving a demonstration of Jolly Phonics to the children (Top right) Adam Chan, Executive Director, Corporate Planning, HELP International Corporation with scholarship students (left to right) Kartick Ramakrishnan, Kajendran Chandran, and Sujatha Subramaniam (Bottom right) Children from Jinjang Utara Rumah Panjang who are looking forward to the Jolly Phonics English Literacy Classes
Monday, 7th December 2015, Kuala Lumpur – HELP University launched an English literacy project for 200 children from Jinjang Utara Rumah Panjang, and 20 impoverished youths from SMK Jinjang Utara.
Currently, more than 30 students from HELP University, the majority of whom are from the Department of Languages, pursuing the Bachelor of Arts, Teaching of English as a Second Language, have successfully trained under the Jolly Phonics programmes in order to teach these underprivileged children.
Adam Chan, Executive Director, HELP International Corporation, said: “We believe that education is essential to the eradication of poverty and for the progress of society. Although many students have benefitted from HELP and what we offer, there are many who cannot afford to enter our doors to study for a degree. We have therefore awarded scholarships to three deserving students from Jinjang Utara Rumah Panjang to pursue their Diplomas in IT, Early Childhood Education, and Communications, as well as to run this English Literacy Project in SMK Jinjang Utara for the benefit of the students.” Three students, Kajendran Chandran, Sujatha Subramaniam, and Kartick Ramakrishnan from Jinjang Utara Rumah Panjang were awarded financial assistance to pursue their Diplomas in IT, Early Childhood Education, and Mass Communication in January 2015.
For this project, HELP partnered with a non-profit organization, Acts Global Networking (AGN), which works with the poor and underprivileged. AGN is the main sponsor and liaison for this community. Most of the underprivileged children, who are aged between 6-17 years old, have little or no knowledge of English, and many have never attended school before. The Jolly Phonics programme will enable the 220 children to acquire a desired learning outcome of reading and writing within a short period of time.
Raymond Mooi, Director, AGN said: “AGN has worked with the community in Jinjang Utara Rumah Panjang over the past 14 years. Although many families have benefitted from our projects, there is more that we can do to help this community. We are proud to partner with HELP University to offer this English Literacy Programme to the children, and we hope that they will be able to upgrade their English language skills to help them in life and in the workforce.”
There will be more than 50 volunteers from AGN and HELP combined involved in this English Literacy Programme. The training of the teachers, and transportation for the three days were provided by HELP, and this project was made possible due to the generosity of AGN and many other sponsors and contributions by well-wishers.
Among the guests who attended the official launch are Senator YB Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan, Deputy Minister of Federal Territories, AGN Director, Raymond Mooi, Principal of SMK Jinjang Utara, Tuan Hasnah bte Raja Hassan and HELP University Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Dato’ Professor Dr Zakaria Ahmad, Adam Chan, Executive Director, Corporate Planning, HELP International Corporation.