KUANTAN: The success of numerous programmes conducted by Yayasan Pahang (YP) since its establishment earned it the Contribution to Organisation trophy during the Asia HRD (Human Resources Development) Awards 2017, held recently.
The accolade is just the latest in a string of prestigious awards garnered by the Pahang state foundation over the years, which include the Islamic Financial Literacy & Education Award , the Education Champion Award and the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Leadership Award.
YP general manager Datuk Mahmud Mohd Nawawi, who accepted the award from Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in Putrajaya on Aug 8, said the accolade was a salute to YP’s staff, who have always given their commitment and dedication to ensure that all YP programmes are successfully carried out.
Mahmud said at YP, everyone is free to voice their opinions, and there is two-way communication between all levels of staff, from the lower ranks up to the top management.
"The relationship between the management and other staff has been further strengthened through this concept, and allows everyone to contribute ideas towards ensuring that the foundation grows successfully,” he said.
Mahmud said continuous support from YP chairman Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob (who is also Pahang Menteri Besar) in all YP programmes, especially those involving education, has also been a driving factor in its success.
"YP introduced Projek Anak Yatim Permata Hati (Perhati) in 2007 and it has been a huge success, benefitting some 17,000 Form Five students who are orphans.
"Through the programme, a teacher is assigned to handle 10 Form Five students every year. They help the students in their studies, advise them on suitable career paths, and help them fill the application forms for further education institutions.
"Based on our records, around 70 per cent of those under Perhati went on to further their studies at higher learning institutions; while the remainder equipped themselves with other skills and secured jobs.
"This is a sustainable programme and not a one-off event, where the student receives (limited) assistance only once a year," he said.
Mahmud said that to ensure continuous success, YP created a database on each student in the programme to track their progress until they secure jobs and can stand on their own two feet.
"To date, around 50 per cent of underprivileged secondary school students and 95 per cent of underprivileged primary school pupils receive scholarships from YP. Our objective is to ensure that everyone has equal access to education in order to create a better (society)," he added.
Mahmud said that YP has also set aside special funds for its staff to further their studies up to Phd level at higher learning institutions in the country.
"We strongly encourage our staff to further their studies. This is among our efforts to empower them to ensure that they are equipped with various skills and have the opportunity to be promoted.
"We are also in the midst of making arrangements to send our staff for short attachments with established organisations like Petronas, to allow them to gain new experiences and help improve their knowledge while on the job," he added.