| Zee Yusri |
BAIDURI Bank Group in partnership with the Special Education Unit (SEU) presented learning aids and resources to 22 students with special needs to support their education in schools.
This is the third time Baiduri has partnered with the Special Education Unit to conduct the charity event. They believe that as part of a community that emphasises the importance of shouldering social responsibilities to help the less fortunate, it is vital to lend their hands for the special needs students to assist them in their education.
Present to hand over the donations was Andrew Young, Deputy General Manager, Operations Management Division and Diversification Strategic Development of Baiduri Bank Group. Also in attendance was Awang Bukit bin Hidup, Acting Deputy Head of SEU.
The event started with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah followed by welcome remarks by the Acting Deputy Head of SEU in which he expressed his gratitude to Baiduri Bank Group for their continuous support and contributions in making a difference to the special needs community.
Awang Bukit highlighted ‘IKHLAS’ as one of the SEU’s initiatives which serves to supplement existing provisions and resources for certain schools that require extra support in addition to what has already been provided by SEU. He explained that this is carried out through a cooperative community effort which generally involves support from both private and corporate bodies.
Baiduri Bank Group contributed learning aids and resources in the form of Structured Learning Approach (SLA) workstations, wheelchairs, a buggy stroller for a student with limited motor skills, and a laptop with a pre-installed screen reader, to name a few.
These learning aids and resources were acquired through a cash donation of BND7,500, which the bank raised through their Baiduri Masters event, which was channelled to a number of charity and welfare organisations that support underprivileged members of society, particularly children with special needs.
While ‘IKHLAS’ serves as an ad hoc plan, the long term plan by the SEU to effectively meet the needs of students with special needs is the establishment of nine Model Inclusive Schools of Excellent Services (MIS). Currently, there are five MIS at the primary level and four MIS at the secondary level.
The MIS are already equipped with specialised learning equipment and teaching resources for students with diverse needs. Intensive individualised and structured learning support and services are also provided by the SEU personnel such as SENA teachers, resource teachers, therapists and teacher aides on a regular basis.
SEU shared that it is hoped the setup can equip such students with the relevant learning skills so that they have the necessary capabilities to participate actively in learning with their peers in the classroom.
Hosted by the SEU, Ministry of Education (MoE), the ceremony was held at the main hall of the Curriculum Development Department, MoE.
Also present at the event were officers and representatives from Baiduri Bank Group and SEU.