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Monday, 18 July 2011 00:00

Computers for Two Tamil Schools in Rural Melaka

Written by  By Yong Siew Lee, Melaka/ Translated by Hew Kwee Heong

The students of Ladang Jasin Lalang are happily trying out the computers.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】

Some schools in rural areas were short on computers. Tzu Chi volunteers in Melaka decided to supply the 18 old computers given by Infineon Technologies Malaysia to Ladang Tebong Tamil Primary School and Ladang Jasin Lalang Tamil Primary School.


Early this year, when Tzu Chi volunteers in Melaka visited schools to submit their Study Grant application forms, they found that some Tamil primary schools in rural areas were short on computers.

Coincidentally, Infineon Technologies Malaysia, located in the Free Trade Zone in Batu Berendam, upgraded their computers and had 20 old units to give away. With the recommendation of Yan Kep Pen, a Tzu Chi volunteer and staff member of Infineon, the company decided to give them to Tzu Chi.

On April 27, 2011, Tzu Chi volunteers picked up the computers; and after inspection and testing, only 18 units were usable. The volunteers then visited 7 schools in the rural areas to assess their need for computers and decided to give 6 units to Ladang Tebong Tamil Primary School and 12 to Ladang Jasin Lalang Tamil Primary School.

Computer Club with two computers
 
On July 8, 2011, Tzu Chi volunteers delivered the computers to Ladang Tebong Tamil Primary School. Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth members, Yang Tian Shun and Huang Bo Hong, were present to help with the set-up.

Deputy Headmistress Devika was surprised to receive 6 computers as she only expected 1 or 2 units.

Early this year, and despite having only 2 usable computers, the school's Computer Club was formed. Ms Thilaka Letchumy, the teacher in charge, said that with only 2 computers, only one or two students had the chance to operate the computers during the weekly one-hour Computer Class. She added, "As I am sure the children are eager to try out the computers, I will propose to the Headmaster to extend the computer class."

Unbelievable

On July 18, eight volunteers and three Collegiate Youth delivered the remaining 12 computers to Ladang Jasin Lalang.

Headmistress Anjalai Chinnaih thanked the volunteers repeatedly and said, "I could not believe our good luck!" The school has only 4 computers for the teachers’ use but none for the students. Now, the students will have a chance to learn to use the computers.

ICT Teacher, Mr Vadivelan Marimuthu said, "With these computers, we are ready to form the Computer Club."
 
Headmistress Anjalai could not wait to allow the excited Standard 3 and 4 students to try out the computers.

Ms Anjalai said she is familiar with Tzu Chi as her brother had received help from the Foundation when he was sick. Although her brother later passed away, the volunteers still visited her family. She added, "I am grateful to Tzu Chi. When I was sad, the volunteers comforted me. Now, they have sent us computers. I truly respect them!"

 

Besides providing study grants to the students, Tzu Chi volunteers also look at the needs of the schools.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】   Deputy Headmistress Devika (middle) of Ladang Tebong Tamil Primary School did not expect to receive 6 computers.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】

Besides providing study grants to the students, Tzu Chi volunteers also look at the needs of the schools.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】
 
Deputy Headmistress Devika (middle) of Ladang Tebong Tamil Primary School did not expect to receive 6 computers.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】
 
Thilaka Letchumy (left) happily announced that she will propose the extension of their one-hour computer class.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】   Anjalai, Headmistress of Ladang Jasin Lalang Tamil Primary School, is very grateful to Tzu Chi. Both her brother and her school had received help from the Foundation.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】

Thilaka Letchumy (left) happily announced that she will propose the extension of their one-hour computer class.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】
 
 
Anjalai, Headmistress of Ladang Jasin Lalang Tamil Primary School, is very grateful to Tzu Chi. Both her brother and her school had received help from the Foundation.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】
 
Tzu Chi volunteers set up and test run the computers given to the schools.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】    

Tzu Chi volunteers set up and test run the computers given to the schools.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】
 
   

 

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