Photo - Katy Lee, Executive Director for HOPE worldwide Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur headquarters (left in blue) along with HOPE's beneficiaries.
Enterprise solutions provider SAP Malaysia and HOPE worldwide Malaysia (HOPE) have launched a RM120,000 (US$38, 622) programme for underprivileged youths in Malaysia which includes access to technology facilities as well as supplementary education.
HOPE worldwide Malaysia Kuala Lumpur headquarters executive director Kathy Lee said that this move created a foundation for continued higher learning and would also create opportunities for better career options.
Children from low-income families face enormous pressure to leave school and join the workforce prematurely to reduce economic burden on the family. Owing to low educational qualifications, options open to these youths are mostly confined to low-paying jobs with little or no career progression paths, thus trapping them in a vicious poverty cycle, said Lee.
"We are thankful for the strong support from SAP, which will enable HOPE to serve more people in our community," she said. "This programme will go a long way in helping our youths overcome challenging economic circumstances and stressful home environments to complete school and change their lives for the better."
SAP Singapore and Malaysia managing director Kowshik Sriman said this also extended SAP's relationship with HOPE to a third country in the Asia Pacific Japan region, where both entities have collaborated on similar education initiatives in India and Indonesia.
Sriman said the funding would be used to form One-Stop IT Resource Centres at HOPE's Kuala Lumpur and Penang premises, which would provide the HOPE beneficiary community access to computers and digital literacy training to improve their longer term employability and economic opportunities.
"Poverty is a crushing condition, but quality education, vocational training and skill acquisition throughout life can be the key to uplift people from life-long economic difficulties and despair," he said. "With this programme, SAP hopes to help the underprivileged realise their potential and live better lives."
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