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Hard Work Pays

Written by  Tzu Chi Melaka Documenting Team / Translated by Wong Mun Heng

The students were obviously very happy with the recognition given. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

Since 2012, with the Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme replacing Tzu Chi Study Grant, the number of students benefitting from the scheme has increased over the years. The students have been working hard and are inspired to strive towards fulfilling their dreams.


On November 2, 2014, Tzu Chi Melaka held the yearly meaningful ceremony of presenting the financial aid under the Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme. Since 2012, with the Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme replacing Tzu Chi Study Grant, coupled with the joint efforts of the volunteers and the schools, the number of students benefitting from the Scheme has increased over the years. This year, after due evaluation, 993 students were presented with various awards for Morality, Filial Piety, Academic Excellence, Academic Progress and Overall Excellence.

At the Presentation Ceremony that day, 902 students received the awards in the presence of their parents, School Principals and teachers. Due to the large number of attendees, the ceremony was held in two sessions (morning and afternoon) at the Buddha Hall, International Conference Room and the Multipurpose Room. A total of 2,000 people attended the two-session ceremony.

Striving for academic progress

“My hard work was not wasted. I have helped to lighten my mother’s burden,” said Er Jin Xin, who was extremely delighted when informed by his teacher that he was getting the Academic Progress Award.

Er Jin Xin, a Year 5 student from SJK(C) Wen Hua, was recommended by his teacher last year. His teacher had to frequently remind him to update his progress booklet. Initially, he felt confident of getting the award and took things lightly. It was only when he discovered some of his classmates were disqualified that he became more serious.

This year, he had been very disciplined and conscientious in updating the progress booklet and with his studies. Knowing that he was weak in English, he would spend one to two hours every night to do his homework and would not hesitate to ask his teacher if he had queries. Due to his hard work, Jin Xin’s position improved from 11th to 6th in class. His sister was also influenced by his positive attitude. Both of them would frequently motivate each other and study together.

Chong Ke Xin, a Year 5 student from SJK(C) St Mary, was presented with the Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme for the third time. In view of her poor family background, the school has recommended her for the Scheme. She has also set her goal of getting the Academic Progress Award and is working doubly hard this year to achieve this.

Ke Xin, an above average student, said that when comparing her first half year results with her last year’s final results, there was significant improvement for her Chinese Essay and English Language subjects, though the Bahasa Malaysia subject was marginally lower by two marks. But, she has not given up yet. Instead, she intends to work even harder and hopes to get even better results for the year-end examinations to enable her to receive the award again for next year.

She said, “I would like to contribute part of the study grant to Tzu Chi and part to the school hall building fund. I would use the balance to buy reference books.” Though young, she is very mature. In fact, she has even adopted a bamboo bank to save to help others who are more in need.

Received recognition with help from teacher

Lau Seok Foon is a teacher at SMK Nyalas. Knowing that her students live far and had no transport to come for the award presentation, she personally drove two students and their parents to the ceremony. As she was not familiar with the route, she had to consult her colleagues and started her journey earlier. Finally, after travelling 43 km, she managed to arrive safely.

Seok Foon said, “If I don’t fetch them here, they may miss the chance to receive the awards. Although their school results are not that outstanding, so long as they are of good conduct in behaviour and manners, they will stand a chance to win awards.”

With more than 500 students in the school, Seok Foon distributed ten sets of application forms and gave briefing to the poor students. Only three students submitted on time and they all received awards. She hopes to invite other teachers in the Scheme’s promotion next year, and by using the three students as models, hopefully more will strive for improvements.

“Thanks to teacher for recommending me for the Morality Award. Also, thanks to Tzu Chi for approving. Definitely it’s a joy to receive the award. But more importantly, it’s because my effort has been recognized,” said Sathiasilan a/l Ramesh, who came with his mother and Teacher Lau Seok Foon, to receive his award. He also promised to work harder to get better results as a gesture to repay gratitude to his mother.

With tears in her eyes, Mother Santhy a/p Thooraisamy said that her son is very mature and whenever she is not at home, he would help to look after the younger siblings. She added, “Sathiasilan has been very well-behaved all this while and has never troubled me with his school work. Today, seeing him on stage to receive the study grant, I feel very happy.” Santhy intends to use the award money to buy stationery and pay for school fees when the school reopens.

Repay society

Mr Lau Eng Hee, School Inspector from the Melaka Education Department, who was present throughout the Award Presentation Ceremony, commented that Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme is different from others as it transcends all races; and evidently, poverty is the main benchmark of the Scheme.

Generally, the outstanding students have lots of opportunity in getting awards, whereas the average students, or those from poorer family background, would be in a disadvantaged position. The Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme gives students positive recognition and inspires them to strive harder. The students would also realize that it is not easy to win the awards under the Scheme as they have to be good in their studies and behaviour. On the other hand, with the seeds of love planted by Tzu Chi volunteers, it is hoped that when the students have grown up, they will repay society. This is the ultimate education that Tzu Chi wishes to give, in addition to the material assistance.

 

Teacher Lau Seok Foon personally fetched students and parents to the Award Presentation. She hopes that more teachers will be involved next year. [Photograph by Chin Fook Kuen]   At Tzu Chi Melaka’s Presentation Ceremony, 902 students received the awards in the presence of parents, School Principals and teachers. A total of 2,000 people attended the two-session ceremony. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

Teacher Lau Seok Foon personally fetched students and parents to the Award Presentation. She hopes that more teachers will be involved next year. [Photograph by Chin Fook Kuen]
 
At Tzu Chi Melaka’s Presentation Ceremony, 902 students received the awards in the presence of parents, School Principals and teachers. A total of 2,000 people attended the two-session ceremony. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]
 
Chong Ke Xin planned to contribute part of the study grant to Tzu Chi and to the school hall building fund. Though poor, she is very mature. In fact, she has even adopted a bamboo bank and with that she hopes to save to help others who are more in need. [Photograph by Quek Kah Hoon]   Er Jin Xin’s (right) hard work pays off. To him getting the Academic Progress Award is a recognition for his efforts. [Photograph by Tan Lian Hee]

Chong Ke Xin planned to contribute part of the study grant to Tzu Chi and to the school hall building fund. Though poor, she is very mature. In fact, she has even adopted a bamboo bank and with that she hopes to save to help others who are more in need. [Photograph by Quek Kah Hoon]
 
 
Er Jin Xin’s (right) hard work pays off. To him getting the Academic Progress Award is a recognition for his efforts. [Photograph by Tan Lian Hee]
 
Mr Lau Eng Hee (in white top), School Inspector from the Melaka Education Department, who was present throughout the Award Presentation Ceremony, recognizes Tzu Chi's effort in aiding the poor. [Photograph by Tan Lian Hee]  

Mr Lau Eng Hee (in white top), School Inspector from the Melaka Education Department, who was present throughout the Award Presentation Ceremony, recognizes Tzu Chi's effort in aiding the poor. [Photograph by Tan Lian Hee]