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Sunday, 19 November 2017 00:00

The Fruits of Great Love

Written by  Tham Yok Seng, Tampin / Translated by Connie Yew

Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme is a form of recognition and a source of motivation to the needy students for their hard work. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]

After the introduction of Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme, the absent rate among students, who did not perform well in their studies, has been lowered; and the teachers stopped punishing their students by requesting them to copy long texts. Realizing that they too could be recipients of Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme with little improvements in their academic performances, students with less-than-satisfactory results became motivated and achieved better results.


Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme Presentation Ceremonies were held on November 5 and 19, 2017, at Jambu Lapan Community Hall in Bahau and Tzu Chi Tampin Liaison Office respectively. Accompanied by their parents, the student beneficiaries attended the ceremony cheerfully and happily shared their fruits of labour.

Tee Kok Siang, Inspector of Chinese schools in Tampin District, was also present throughout the ceremony, during which a video footage was shown. Through the video, Inspector Tee learnt about how the children’s learning outcomes were affected by their families’ financial conditions, and how Tzu Chi volunteers discovered more and assessed the conditions of each applicant via home visits before deciding on the list of award recipients.

He commented that the procedures of the Scheme were most appropriate because personal visits to the students’ homes would enable accurate assessments of the actual situations and provisions of the most suitable help. He also remarked that the self-assessment booklet would help the beneficiary students to develop self-discipline and self-reflection.

The school’s efforts

Teacher Mohd Fuad bin Abdul Raman was posted to SJK(T) Ladang Pertang in 2010. He was not bothered by the school’s remoteness and poor facilities, but was concerned about the high absent rate among the students. He shared, “These students are not difficult to teach, but their families are too poor to pay for their transportation fares and they are often left with empty stomachs; and that is why they are less energetic. Moreover, their studies are often interrupted by their parents’ frequent relocations. As a result, their academic performances were very poor, until Tzu Chi brought in the Study & Awards Scheme to the school four years ago.”

Under the leadership of Principal Azhilan, a group of teachers began to take turns to provide tuitions to the students after school hours. They also paid attention to students, who were slow learners. In the first year, many students with less satisfactory results became motivated when they realized that they too stood a chance to be beneficiaries of the Scheme even if they have little improvements in their studies. Their positive learning attitude in turn boosted the teachers’ confidence. On the other hand, volunteers constantly reminded the parents that the financial aid to the students is meant for the purchase of school uniforms and school supplies.

Teacher Mohd Fuad, who teaches Bahasa Malaysia, was satisfied with the students’ progress in this subject. He shared that some of them even won excellence awards in inter-school competitions. He said gratifyingly, “This Scheme has indeed benefitted the students a lot!” With the goal to enhance the Bahasa Malaysia proficiency among all the students, he carried on with the tuition classes even during the fasting month and school holidays.

He expressed gladly, “Although the year-end examinations are over now, the students still come to school happily. The ‘absent trend’ is no longer in fashion!”

Jaganathan a/l Sinna, leader of the Indian community in Bahau, has been deeply concerned about the progress of the Scheme in the school. When he was transferred to serve as the Deputy Director of Simpang Pertang Fire Department, Principal Azhilan approached him for help. He immediately turned to Tzu Chi and after rounds of communications, the Scheme was finally opened to students of SJK(T) Ladang Pertang in 2014. Recalling those days when he joined Tzu Chi volunteers for home visits to the applicants, he felt that it was a good model and could serve as a reference for related programmes in future. He also observed that students in Tamil primary schools, where the Scheme is introduced, have achieved better results in general.

Learning to give

Lingeswaran a/l Jayabalan, a Primary 4 student with SJK(T) Ladang Pertang, brought along his bamboo bank and donated the money in it to Tzu Chi’s Charity Fund. His mother, Letcemeswery a/p Dhoraikanu shared, “He only managed to fill up half the bamboo bank last year. So I quoted Tzu Chi volunteers’ words that a 10-cent coin is not enough to buy him a sweet but by saving it in the bamboo bank daily, he could help others. Since then, he began to save 10 cents in the bamboo bank daily.” His classmate, Nagaraja a/l Mugan, also brought a bamboo bank home that day, with the intention to start saving for charitable causes.

Chong Jun Hao, a Primary 5 student, has been staying with his grandfather, Chong Kok Fong, since his father passed away and his mother left their home. Although they are poor, he still saves part of his pocket money in the bamboo bank for donation. His grandfather shared, “He is a reticent boy. He only requested me to bring the bamboo bank to Tzu Chi without telling me the reasons. It is only now that I find out why.”

Faridah binti Mohd Shah accompanied her child, Nur Ayani binti Mohd Irwan, to the event. Faridah commended Tzu Chi for giving the study grants to needy students regardless of their religions and races. She said, “Nur Ayani has been attending Chinese school and she is now in Primary 6. She studies even harder since she received the award last year. The requirements set out in the self-assessment booklet had motivated her to help out in household chores. The study grant will be used to buy textbooks and school uniforms. It has really eased my financial burden.”

The Scheme is gradually bearing fruits thanks to the kindness and care from the general public. On their part, the student beneficiaries have also learnt to reciprocate the kindness they received. Indeed, collective kindness can make a big difference.

 

 

Teacher Mohd Fuad witnessed the positive impact of Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme in SJK(T) Ladang Pertang. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]   aganathan appealed to the Indian community to give their support to Tzu Chi’s recycling activities. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]

Teacher Mohd Fuad witnessed the positive impact of Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme in SJK(T) Ladang Pertang. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]
 
aganathan appealed to the Indian community to give their support to Tzu Chi’s recycling activities. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]
 
Lingeswaran would save ten cents daily for charity. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]   Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme Presentation Ceremony for the Chinese community was held at Tzu Chi Tampin Liaison Office on November 19, 2017. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]

Lingeswaran would save ten cents daily for charity. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]
 
 
Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme Presentation Ceremony for the Chinese community was held at Tzu Chi Tampin Liaison Office on November 19, 2017. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]
 
Tee Kok Siang (middle), Inspector of Chinese schools in Tampin District, attended the Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme Presentation Ceremony. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]   The student beneficiaries contributed their love to the Penang flood victims. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]

Tee Kok Siang (middle), Inspector of Chinese schools in Tampin District, attended the Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme Presentation Ceremony. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]
 
 
The student beneficiaries contributed their love to the Penang flood victims. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]