Sarawak Energy Supports Educational Transformation At Smk Balleh, Kapit


KUCHING, 13th  NOVEMBER 2015, FRIDAY: Sarawak Energy in collaboration with Institut Pendidikan Guru, Kampus Batu Lintang (IPGKBL), Kuching recently held a two-day educational workshop for the students and teachers of SMK Balleh, Kapit aimed to motivate both teachers and students to strive for educational excellence.

The workshop, held on 2-3 November 2015 was specially designed for students and teachers of the school, was facilitated by a team of lecturers from IPGKBL. The programme featured separate sessions which focused on motivating students towards academic achievement, particularly on critical subjects like Mathematics, English, Bahasa Malaysia and Science.

For the teachers, the team of facilitators shared and discussed teaching techniques aimed to help retain students’ interest in class; counselling guidance for students' support as well as parents involvement to keep track on their learning and academic progress.

The workshop was opened by Bedui Ude, the Director of IPGKBL; whereas the closing ceremony was graced by Jiwari Abdullah, Sarawak Energy’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Department. Bedui in his opening speech mentioned that this workshop served as a good platform for IPGKBL to conduct its three-year transformation study programme to uplift the academic performance of SMK Balleh.

At the closing ceremony, Jiwari said: “Education and young people are at the heart of Sarawak Energy’s CSR strategy for we recognise the importance of education in advancing social and economic development. Supporting educational growth is a good way whereby we can reach out to the rural community more positively.

“Through this strategic CSR partnership with IPGKBL, we hope to help improve the academic performance of SMK Balleh, and to provide students with the opportunities to further their studies in Institutions of Higher Learning after completing secondary education,” he said.

He said this would definitely help prepare and equip the younger generation with the knowledge and skills to help them secure jobs in future.

“Furthermore with the development of the Sarawak Corridor for Renewal Energy (SCORE), it is expected that there will be plenty of demand for skilled and technical workers,” he added.

There are currently 267 students and 36 academic staff at SMK Balleh.

Also present at the closing ceremony were IPGKBL Deputy Director Anis Alisya Abdullah, Sarawak Energy Social Investment Manager Joanne Tan, Programme Co-ordinator and IPGKBL Head of Research and Innovation Dr Abang Ismail bin Abang Haji Julhi and SMK Balleh school principal Speedy Bena Albert Luna.

Aside from this, Sarawak Energy hopes to develop long term partnership with the community of Baleh through various community projects.

Prior to this, the Sarawak Energy CSR team handed over 12 computers to two primary schools; SK Temenggong Koh and SK Nanga Sempili and is working on upgrading basic facilities at these schools.

Sarawak Energy head of CSR Department Jiwari Abdullah (seventh left) and IPGKBL Deputy Director Anis Alisya Abdullah (eighth left) together with officers from Sarawak Energy, IPGKBL and SMK Balleh in a group photo at the school. Below is a photo session with the team from IPGKBL and students and teachers of SMK Balleh.