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Saturday, 12 November 2016 00:00

Contributing towards a Better Society

Written by  Tham Yok Seng, Tampin / Translated by Tan Heang Shin

Volunteers presented goody bags to the recipients of Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]

“Very thankful for Tzu Chi’s assistance! We have been studying hard in order to be awarded and we made it!” The award recipients expressed their gratitude towards the kindness of the public during the presentation ceremony of Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme in Tampin.


This was the second year Tzu Chi’s Happy Schooling Scheme was launched at SJK(T) Ladang Pertang. Both K. Surenthiran a/l Kannadasan and B. Shiwani a/p Batumalai were award recipients. This time, both of them got to travel out of the rural estate to be on stage in front of 200-plus audience at SJK(C) Chi Wen.

They exclaimed, “We are so proud to be here and our heartfelt gratitude to Tzu Chi. We have worked very hard and we made it. We will make good use of the money on books and related items.”

Prior to the roll out of Happy Schooling Scheme, SJK (T) Ladang Pertang was not functioning well and had high absenteeism. When Headmaster Azhilan joined the school three years ago, he was helpless with all the issues until Tzu Chi volunteers from Bahau met up with him on Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme.

Teacher Shanthy a/p Sanderam recalled: “All the teachers reluctantly accepted the green booklets handed over to us by the Headmaster. This is because we have been filling in various assessment reports and now another programme.” But the Headmaster was very passionate about education and was committed to help the students.

Shanthy said, “We have no choice but to execute it. The Happy Schooling Scheme was added the following year and as we did not quite understand the objectives of the scheme, not much attention was given to it. But as the Headmaster was full of energy, the teachers were getting busier with all the discussions going on with Tzu Chi volunteers.”

She continued, “However miracles happened, no more absentees during the year and there were tremendous academic improvements. Surprisingly, they also won some inter-school competitions. This gave us huge encouragement and now the teachers have happily committed themselves and some even sacrificed their weekends to conduct tuition classes for the students.  For the future of the students, we are willing to contribute.”

Vijayanadran is an odd job worker at a store. Due to the economic crisis, he was unable to have jobs every day thus the whole family had to tighten their belt for the Deepavali festival this year. He said, “I felt so relieved my child was receiving the award as it could definitely help with the school expenses next year. SJK(T) Ladang Pertang has achieved great results these few years and I hope it would help more children in schooling opportunities. Don’t let them be like me, earning a meagre income without an academic qualification.”

Thanks for the courage in facing challenges

On November 6 and 12, 2016, Tzu Chi Tampin held two presentation ceremonies of Tzu Chi Study & Award Scheme at SJK(C) Chi Wen and Tampin Liaison Office respectively, benefitting 226 students.

Tay Ming Cheong, an award winner for five years, is in his final year of secondary education. With the financial aid from Tzu Chi, his plan to pursue an accounting degree is just a step away. He said, “Although the amount is not much, the recognition gives me strength to face and overcome difficulties.”

His Form 3 sister, Tay Yan Ying is also a regular award winner. She shared, “I have used the money to pay for my tuition fees. I hope to get into university too.”

Upon arriving at the venue, Lingeshwaran a/l Jayabalan first emptied his bamboo bank into the big urn. He informed, “I am sharing the bamboo bank with my elder sister.” His father added, “The scheme has given the poor children schooling opportunities.”

Mohana Packiam a/p Ganesan told the volunteers, “I have set aside some pocket money given by my mum to help the needy.”

Sinthu a/p Kumaran graduated from Universiti Malaysia Sabah is currently working in a multinational company. She was encouraged by her volunteer mother, Devi, to emcee the presentation ceremony.

She expressed, “I believe in doing good deeds and seeing good results. Having participated for the first time, what struck me most was the fundraising for Haitians as the lower income families have contributed towards the good cause as well. I told my Indian fellows, we have received help from other races hence we must remember to reach out to those in need regardless of race in future.”

A good student will lead to a good citizen and subsequently a good society. With a clear goal in mind, one reaps the fruits of labour even though it is still a long way to go.

 

Teacher Shanthy (right) was driven to contribute more after seeing positive change in the students. [Photograph by Tham Yok Seng]   Tay Ming Cheong, a beneficiary for five years, took up the traffic control role this year to reciprocate the kindness shown. [Photograph by Tham Yok Seng]

Teacher Shanthy (right) was driven to contribute more after seeing positive change in the students. [Photograph by Tham Yok Seng]
 
Tay Ming Cheong, a beneficiary for five years, took up the traffic control role this year to reciprocate the kindness shown. [Photograph by Tham Yok Seng]
 
Senior Assistant of SJK(T) Ladang Pertang, S Sekar S/O Seltugem, helped translate the content of self-assessment booklet to students. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]   Vijayanadran (in white shirt) felt relieved with the timely aid as the family just spent for the recent Deepavali festival. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]

Senior Assistant of SJK(T) Ladang Pertang, S Sekar S/O Seltugem, helped translate the content of self-assessment booklet to students. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]
 
 
Vijayanadran (in white shirt) felt relieved with the timely aid as the family just spent for the recent Deepavali festival. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]
 
Students responded to the donation drive for hurricane victims in Haiti. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]   It was the birthday of Wong Jing Jie on the day of presentation ceremony. He has thus brought his bamboo bank for donation. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]

Students responded to the donation drive for hurricane victims in Haiti. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]
 
 
It was the birthday of Wong Jing Jie on the day of presentation ceremony. He has thus brought his bamboo bank for donation. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]