Tapah, 5 March 2014 â€“ Three schools in Tapah, Perak received approximately RM180,000 from AEONâ€™s Basic Education Support (BEST) Project to enable the schools to renovate and refurbish to create a conducive learning environment for the students. The selected schools were SK Batu Tujuh and SK Batu 14 in Tapah, and SK Pos Dipang in Kampar, which received RM100,000, RM50,000 and RM30,000 respectively.
The BEST Project was first introduced in 2012 under the ‘With All Our Hearts’ Malaysian AEON Foundation umbrella to provide basic education needs for school children. The three pilot schools last year in Bau, Sarawak received approximately RM430,000 from BEST.
“The Foundation has always been proactive in raising funds and providing financial aid that benefits all Malaysians especially the children, and with BEST, we believe that in transforming a childâ€™s education environment, we are able to transform their lives for a better future,” said Datoâ€™ Abdullah Mohd Yusof, President of Malaysian AEON Foundation.
Besides having good teachers and a proper education program, the learning environment also plays a vital role in improving studentsâ€™ active participation and the effectiveness of teaching. “A proper learning environment includes the physical condition of the schools such as the arrangement and layout, hygiene, construction and use of learning resources. This is what we plan to achieve with these schools,” added Datoâ€™ Abdullah Mohd Yusof at the handover ceremony at SK Batu Tujuh.
The event kicked off at SK Batu Tujuh where by the school officially received two air conditioned cabins to be used as classrooms, a tennis court, a water retention pond, and books. The water retention pond is the only water source to the school and it was broken until the Foundation team stepped in to repair and enlarge it.
According to Puan Hamidah Majid, the headmistress of SK Batu Tujuh, prior to this, the school had only 15 classrooms and was unable to hold all 496 students comfortably. “Thanks to BEST Project, the new cabins will now provide a conducive learning environment for the students in Standard 3 and 5,” she said.
On the other hand, both SK Batu 14 and SK Pos Dipang received refurbished library with new books, stage cum assembly area, and toilets. The canteen in SK Batu 14 was also given a facelift with new structure, tables and chairs; where else the computer lab in SK Pos Dipang was upgraded with new wiring, LCD screen and projector.
According to Dato' Haji Mazlan bin Mohamad, Director of School Management Division from Ministry of Education, these schools were selected by the Ministry of Education because they needed help improving their facilities to provide a better learning environment for the students. The refurbished project officially kicked off in November last year and it took the Foundation approximately four months to complete the renovation and refurbishing.
“We are very thankful to Malaysian AEON Foundation because the BEST project has made a difference and enriched the lives of these children,” he further added.
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About ‘With All Our Hearts’ Malaysian AEON Foundation
Malaysian AEON Foundation is the charity arm of AEON CO. (M) BHD. that runs all the major charity events and community services under AEON. Inspired by the desire to reach out to the underprivileged children in Malaysia, AEON is the first and the only retailer which has its own charity foundation in Malaysia. The foundation, started up from a charity fund, has been operating for 10 years and benefits thousands of people in various aspects.
About AEON CO. (M) BHD
AEON CO. (M) BHD. is a leading General Merchandise Stores (GMS) cum supermarket chain in Malaysia, being the country’s leading retailer with 27 AEON outlets and 4 MaxValu supermarkets across the country. In the spirit of the name AEON, which means eternity in Latin, AEON’s goal is to work together endlessly with its customers, suppliers, business partners, shareholders and the community towards creating a future of limitless promises. Incorporated in 1984 in response to the Malaysian Government’s invitation to help modernize the country’s retailing industry, AEON’s chain of stores across peninsular Malaysia strives to satisfy the ever changing needs and desires of consumers. Guided by its “Customer First” philosophy, the company’s acute understanding of their target market needs, aided by optimal product-mix, AEON strives to surpass consumer expectations and enhance their experience every time they shop. Hence their tagline “AEON Enriching Your Lifestyle”.
AEON strongly supports environmental sustainability. It actively supports various causes, including recycling, energy conservation and tree planting, engaging and encouraging various parties, including staff, customers, NGOs, government agencies and the community at large.Â
2014 marks a significant milestone for AEON CO. (M) BHD. with 30 years of excellence to boast, by staying relevant and competitive in the dynamic market. In commemorating its 30th anniversary, the celebration will continue to enrich lives of Malaysians and growing the nation with passion, love and inspiration.
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