Wednesday, 21 October 2020, Kuala Lumpur – Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad (BPMB), a Premium member of PINTAR Foundation recently embarked on a School Adoption Programme. The programme, known as SEEDS (Supporting English Empowerment to Drive Sustainability) aims to improve English literacy among school children and to increase theirawareness of sustainability.
The first school to benefit from this programme is SMK Seri Titiwangsa in Kuala Lumpur. BPMB President/Group Chief Executive Officer Arshad Mohamed Ismail stated during a kick-off event at the school that the SEEDS programme is a long-term investment in the name of education, and it was specifically designed for students to learn and master the English language whilst gaining knowledge about sustainability.
"Education is the most valuable asset one can have, and it is something that no one will be able to take away from you. By investing in education, it means we are investing in the future of our children.’’ Arshad said in his speech during the event. “SEEDS also shows BPMB’s commitment in supporting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we hope to produce environmentally-responsible Malaysia citizens through this programme.” he added.
The kick-off event involved Form 4 students and featured talks by speakers from the United Nations, Direct English and Zer0Hunger Malaysia. The respective speakers provided the students with information on the SDGs, the importance of the English Language and theadvantages of Urban Farming. The students also witnessed an urban farming and waste composting demonstration at the school’s herb garden prior to the talk. “We believe that SEEDS will provide a useful avenue in improving the socio-economic status of the students in the long term.” said Arshad.
The Covid-19 pandemic has also proved the significance of technology in helping students tocontinue with their learning via virtual means. Therefore BPMB also announced its plan tocontribute computers to the school, and planned to contribute more in future to ensure all students will have continued access to education.