What We DO
Every child deserves the chance to excel. The Setia Caring School Programme aims to give underperforming schools a leg up, working hand in hand with teachers and parents to instil academic success, moral values and ethical behaviour in our nation’s future leaders.
Caring does not need to be complex actions powered by high budgets. In fact, the tiniest gestures can bring light into the lives of those who need it most. It’s all about where your heart is.
Our caring school project is predicated on a simple premise – “We Care”.
In early 2015, the Setia Caring School Programme was officially launched by S P Setia Foundation. The goal was to encourage schools in Malaysia to promote the idea of caring, from their own perspectives, while also promoting national unity.
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To start with, the Foundation selected three adopted schools, to date, they have six – SK Kota Dalam, SK Felda Bukit Permai, SJKT Ladang Kulai Besar, SJKC See Long in Johor and SK Batu Ferringhi, SJKC Aik Hua and SJKT Tasek Permai in Penang.
Various integrated activities have been organised to inculcate caring and to promote a sense of oneness in diversity among students, teachers, parents and the community. Unity is a powerful strength, and the Foundation will always work closely together with the public and corporate sector to promote a caring and harmonious nation.
With encouragement and the freedom to be creative, we find many schools in Malaysia coming up with novel ways to promoting the idea of caring including the “hug a child a day” initiative, celebrating birthdays of students during the weekly school assembly, and teachers voluntarily preparing breakfast for students. There are also schools that encourage their students to visit unwell teachers with cakes and get-well-soon cards. Some students also visit old folks home to bring cheer to the elderly.
A simple gesture of caring can heal the physically and emotionally injured; can offer love where none exists; can drive a sense of responsibility, an interest to do good, and can create a sense of solidarity and unity among multi-racial students.
If we can teach our children to care, isn’t it conceivable that they will be able to create a much brighter future, together?