Investing for a Brighter Future

  • Source: Corporate Social Investment & Philanthropy
  • Article Date: 16/11/2017

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​The students of Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Tanjung Batu in Bintulu, Sarawak, recently had their computer lab upgraded with 20 refurbished desktop computers donated by PETRONAS ICT, under its Corporate Social Investment and Philanthropy (CSIP) programme called Projek Titian Qaseh.

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The Projek Titian Qaseh programme aims to improve the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) facilities at national schools, as well as improve students’ knowledge in computing and their IT skills. The programme also created awareness of securing data and personal information in cyberspace amongst the students and teachers. Titian Qaseh was inaugurated in 2015 and is targeted at selected national schools in the community where PETRONAS ICT operates.

PETRONAS ICT provided computers that were installed with the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system and Microsoft Office 2010. These were a welcomed upgrade to the old computers that the school has been using since 2004. The students were excited to be given new computers to work with as they prepare for their three-day coding camp at the Coding@School’s Alumni Bootcamp programme taking place in October this year.

SK Tanjung Batu’s teachers and school administrators taking the Group ICT’s FIRST East Malaysia team to visit the school’s computer lab.

Haziah Sahari, Regional Field Manager for FIRST East Malaysia giving the Opening Remarks at the start of the Titian Qaseh programme in SK Tanjung Batu.

​SK Tanjung Batu was one of the 30 schools selected to participate in the 2017 Alumni Bootcamp programme that teaches primary students the fundamental principles of coding. At the camp, the students will learn how to create web apps using HTML3, CSS3 and jQuery Mobile, which are the core technologies for building web pages and touch-optimised mobile apps.

On 14 August 2017, 13 Field Support Service Team (FIRST) from East Malaysia led by Nelly Sengalang, delivered and installed the computers at the school’s computer lab and conducted a talk on education and a variety of skill booster activities for the students. The activities included building the PETRONAS Twin Towers model using drinking straws and cellophane tape, which serves to encourage the development of creative and critical thinking skills among the students.

The students constructing a PETRONAS Twin Towers model using only straws, cellophane tape and scissors.

Martin Nanta from the FIRST team told an inspiring story about his perseverance in difficult times. Martin shared how, as a young boy, he struggled to complete his education after his father passed away. He related how the difficult times had pushed him to work harder than his peers in order to get to where he is today. His sharing inspired the students to cherish the educational opportunities they have been given in order to succeed in the future.

Martin Nanta from FIRST East Malaysia sharing his educational journey with the students.

A sharing session with the student on their ambitions and aspirations.

Titian Qaseh programme for SK Tanjung Batu continued with another series of educational talks in October.