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KUALA LUMPUR: MALAKOFF Corporation Bhd (Malakoff) recently took its 10 adopted schools for a three-day "Learning Beyond The Classroom" experience.
The programme, held annually to since 2001, is a series of fun an educational field trips to stimulate young minds.
This year, 130 students explored and learnt from excursions to diverse destinations such as Kidzania, Petrosains, Pusat Sains Negara and High 5 Bread Museum.
The education of the pupils outside school cost Malakoff RM80,000 this year.
In the 12 years, Malakoff has invested close to RM960,000 in the programme for the benefit of a total 1,480 pupils.
Malakoff chief executive officer Zainal Abidin Jalil said: "'Learning Beyond the Classroom' is an integral component of our flagship corporate social responsibility platform -- the Malakoff Community Partnerships.
"It is part of our commitment to promote academic excellence in eager students through various educational tools."
"We recognise the importance of making learning fun. The field trips allow the pupils to experience first-hand what they study in their text books, thus enhancing and stimulating their interest in learning."
The participants this year were Year Six pupils from the 10 schools that had been adopted by Malakoff because of their proximity to the company's operations in various parts of the country.
They are SK Segari, SJK (C) Pei Min and SJK (T) Ladang Huntly in Lumut, Perak; SK Khir Johari, SJK (C) Chung Hwa and SJK (T) Prai in Seberang Prai, Penang; SK Sungai Boh, SK Seri Sinaran Chokoh, SK Andek Mori and SJK (C) Pei Chiao in Pontian, Johor.
In addition to the annual school excursions, Malakoff also contributes RM200,000 each year under its education fund to provide better academic facilities for these schools.
The schools may apply to Malakoff for development and improvement of facilities such as sports complexes, libraries as well as science and computer laboratories .
Teacher Mohd Fauzan Ishak of SJK (C) Chung Hwa 3, said, "The Learning Beyond the Classroom programme provides our pupils with a great opportunity to learn as well to develop social skills in the course of meeting their peers and making new friends.
"We are grateful to Malakoff for its continuous efforts to motivate the students to excel in their studies through such trips
"The smiles and excitement on the pupils faces were truly priceless," he said.
Pupils from the adopted schools are also involved in various Malakoff programmes such as "Kenali Penyu, Sayangi Penyu".
Malakoff has also embarked on "Project Sunshine" to install 5.23kilowatt-peak photovoltaic systems in selected schools across Malaysia.