Thursday May 3, 2012
Children of policemen to undergo skills programme for betterment
THREE organisations are working together to help enhance the learning skills and capabilities of policemen’s children.
Yayasan 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Bhd) and Yayasan Pengaman Malaysia are collaborating with Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) to develop a structured learning module for students aged between 13 and 17 years, who are children of policemen both on active duty and those retired.
The programme, called Dekad Kecemerlangan Anak-Anak Polis (Dakap), will utilise UPSI’s own “Prodigy” modules incorporating, among others, learning skills, motivational courses, team-building, career guidance, creative thinking skills and leadership courses.
The pilot programme involving 600 students will start this month, during the school holidays.
Pengaman will coordinate the programme as well as identify the participants, with UPSI providing expert trainers.
Yayasan 1MDB provides the RM1mil fund needed to start up Dakap.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also chairman of Yayasan 1MDB Board of Trustee, announced the foundation’s contribution to Pengaman last year.
Pengaman chairman Tan Sri Samsuri Arshad said: “We intend for Dakap to be an integrated programme for both children and parents, where emphasis is given to balancing the dynamics of the children’s development through education, social skills, self-motivation and spiritual growth.”
“Following the pilot programme in May, we will carry out a study to identify more students who will benefit from the Dakap programme.
“We hope that upon completion of Dakap, each student will be able to develop their newly learnt skills to better themselves in school,” Samsuri said.
1MDB corporate social responsibility executive director Hizwani Hassan said: “We believe that education is an inclusive tool towards a brighter future and this partnership with Pengaman is one of our ways to improve access to education.
“We have initiated and collaborated with various organisations on a range of diverse education based CSR initiatives that encompass the 1Malaysia spirit.
“This is another education initiative to add to that diversity.
“We are proud to be a part of the Dakap initiative. We are happy to be able to contribute to the welfare of the children of the people who have served us selflessly.
“The students will be exposed to the kind of learning experience that would have otherwise only be available at a steep fee,” Hizwani added.
Yayasan 1MDB Board of trustee member Tan Sri Lodin Wok Kamaruddin, presented the cheque to Samsuri in a ceremony at Pengaman’s headquarters.
Also present was deputy inspector general Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar.