No child left behind

THE Ninth Shift of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 is about fostering the partnership between the school and parents, the community, as well as the private sector, to uplift overall education standards.

In this regard, Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih (SBJK) at Kuala Lumpur’s Chow Kit area shines as a beacon of public-private partnership.

The three-year-old school is a fully Government-funded school for stateless or homeless children (including orphans) aged from four to 19-years-old.

“We have 143 students, and 16 teachers,” said principal Zulkernai Fauzi during a media tour of the school on Thursday.

A child can be admitted to SBJK if he or she can demonstrate that at least one guardian, or parent, is Malaysian.

The school follows an Education Ministry approved curriculum, and has recently been visited by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who pledged RM30mil to redevelop the school that makes use of the building formerly used by the Kuala Lumpur Education Office. Of course, before it was used as the education office, the building once housed the Princess Road Primary School, alma mater of presenter and television host Datuk Aznil Nawawi, who is now the “face” of SBJK after finding out what the school is doing for the less fortunate.

“Two years ago, I was cruising around the area, and decided to pop into my former school. While wal­king around, the principal saw me, and the rest is history,” said Aznil, 54, who is more than happy to do his part for the school by roping in his buddies from the Princess Road School alumni association.

“In the beginning, it was more of providing financial assistance. We took the kids to do Hari Raya shopping. “They had no idea what Hari Raya is, nor shopping,” he added of the students of the school located just at Lorong Haji Hussein 2, off Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz.

The setting up SBJK was approved by the government in 2011, and the school opened its doors in 2013.

The ministry wants the whole country to know about the school. Specifically, it would like the community surrounding the school to be more involved in the school.


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