by TMR / pic courtesy of Yayasan Petronas
YAYASAN Petronas will be providing 21,000 primary school pupils from low-income households with personal hygiene kits and school supplies through its Back to School 2021 Programme.
The personal hygiene kits and school supplies are being distributed to schools across Johor, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor and Terengganu from yesterday until March 24.
Through the programme, a total of 21,000 pupils will each receive two three-layer reusable face masks, a small towel, a box of paper soap, a school bag, a tumbler, a student activity notebook, a pencil case and stationeries, as well as two sets of school uniforms and a pair of socks and shoes.
Yayasan Petronas, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, is also providing teachers at beneficiary schools with lesson plans to cultivate an interest in the science of personal hygiene among the pupils this year.
“Our aim for Back to School has been consistent since Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) started with the programme 18 years ago,” Yayasan Petronas CEO Nelly Francis Shariah said.
“We want to reduce one of the barriers that families from low-income households often experience, which is the cost of school supplies, a factor linked to dropout rates.
“However, we are taking additional steps this year by providing personal hygiene kits so that students can stay safe and acclimatise to the ‘new normal’ as they resume schooling.
“In addition to that, we also want to ensure we imbue two important factors — the pivotal role of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in preparing our children for the future, and the enduring role teachers play in inspiring their students. This is why we are going beyond the basics this year,” she said.
Yayasan Petronas also released a three-episode video on the science of personal hygiene featuring “STEM Man”. It reminds parents, children and their community of the importance and responsibility of practising safe habits, so that schools will not be affected by an outbreak. The videos are available on Yayasan Petronas’ online and social media channels.
The Back to School programme is part of Yayasan Petronas’ education focus area.