These deserving students received a total of 48 bursaries worth between RM400 and RM500 each and 29 excellence awards in the form of cash and certificates at a ceremony held at Dewan Tun Sambanthan Kg Ramasamy, Ladang Dovenby, Sungai Siput today. The event was also attended by representatives from the District Education Office for Kinta Utara and Kuala Kangsar, who presented the bursary awards to the deserving students on behalf of LMC.
The Schools Project is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme initiated by LMC to recognise students with outstanding results in their UPSR and SPM examinations, and to help lessen the burden of deserving students from low-income families. Over and above its social obligations, LMC hopes to instil the importance of academic achievements and the spirit to pursue excellence amongst the younger generation.
According to Sekar Kaliannan, Plant Manager at LMC’s Kanthan Plant, "LMC started the Schools Project in 1997 with the objective to promote academic excellence in schools and to enhance relations with the surrounding communities within the vicinity of our plants where we operate in. It extends to all our plants in Langkawi, Kedah; Rawang, Selangor; Pasir Gudang, Johor and here in Kanthan, Perak."
The eight schools covered in Kanthan, Perak are Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Tamil) Ladang Dovenby, Sekolah Kebangsaan Haji Mahmud, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Rimba Panjang, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Chong Hwa, Sekolah Kebangsaan Methodist, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Tamil) Mahatma Gandhi Kalasalai, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Methodist and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab.
In 2011, a total of 280 students benefitted from this initiative with 192 students awarded the Lafarge Malaysian Cement’s Bursary Awards and 88 students received the Excellence Awards. To date, this annually sustained effort has helped over 3,000 academic achievers and deserving children from low-income families valued at more than RM2 million since its inception.
This programme is increasingly being regarded by the participating schools as a pillar of support in their endeavours to interest and encourage their students to excel in their studies. Evidently, the programme has assisted in garnering better results from students through its supportive role of instilling enthusiasm and pride in pursuing academic excellence.
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Syed Muhammad Syed Nadzir