Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Pantai Damai branch launched the ‘Road to Universities’ education programme in its effort to ensure all children attain the highest levels of education.
Pantai Damai assemblyman Dr A bdul Rahman Junaidi pointed out that various programmes and activities will be implemented in the plan so every student in his constituency can benefit.
“We will take all appropriate measures to ensure every child, especially in Pantai Damai constituency, has the opportunity to obtain good quality higher education,” he said at the Pantai Damai Education Excellence Award ceremony at Yayasan Sarawak here.
“We will continue to formulate education strategies to be included in the plan from time to time in order to help children develop knowledge and skills,” he added.
Dr Abdul Rahman urged students to instil in themselves the dream of achieving a college education right from pre-school.
“Set your ambition to step foot into a university because obtaining a university degree is no longer difficult today with so many prestigious universities available right at our doorstep unlike in the past when going to university was a far-off goal,” he advised.
“Today we want to make sure that no children will be left out from the opportunity to obtain quality education up to university level and even beyond that,” he said.
Dr Abdul Rahman was proud that the 16 schools in Pantai Damai constituency are all equipped with modern facilities necessary to provide students with an environment that is conducive to learning.
He also took the opportunity to thank all educators for their contributions and sacrifices in ensuring children grow up to be educated and productive citizens in conjunction with Teacher’s Day celebration on Friday.
A total of 99 students received awards yesterday as recognition of their academic achievements in UPSR, PMR, SPM and STPM examinations last year.
Meanwhile, Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah praised Pantai Damai for being a creative and innovative constituency which others should emulate.
“I will recommend to other constituencies throughout Sarawak and especially my constituency Dalat to take this approach towards education,” she emphasised.
Stressing the importance of recognising students’ achievements, Fatimah said doing so would encourage and motivate students to make greater achievements.
“Success breeds success and this reward, I hope will burn your passion for lifelong learning beyond secondary school in order to become a useful person,” she added.
“We are all aware that education is the key to success and a better life,” she further said.
More importantly, Fatimah pointed out that the physical environment, involvement of parents and teachers as well as community support were factors contributing to the high level of academic achievement.
“Therefore, we must all join hands and help our children grow into successful persons who will in turn further develop our country,” she said.
Fatimah urged the community to move as a team and in one direction so that Pantai Damai constituency would continue to excel in various aspects including education, social wellbeing, economy and so forth. (The Borneo Post)