Forest City Contributes Rm550,000 To Revitalise A 100-Year Old Local Village School
Forest City Adopted School Revitalisation Programme Handover Ceremony – SK Tanjong Adang has been held on 13th November, 2018 – The 119 students and 19 school staff at SK Tanjung Adang get to enjoy the newly refurbished school facilities just in time before the school term ends.
Country Garden Pacificview (CGPV) Sdn Bhd, the developer of Forest City recently forked out RM550,000 to revitalise the 100-year old school in Gelang Patah, Johor. Apart from the funding, Forest City own in house project, landscape, design and construction team were also hands on involved in the revitalisation project.
As part of Forest City’s long-term plan to uplift the quality education especially in the rural areas, SK Tanjung Adang is the first of the 7 schools adopted by Forest City that undergoes the Forest City School Revitalisation Project. It is an on-going programme that will assess the needs of a school and provide the necessity. Stakeholders such as teachers, students and local council are engaged throughout the entire process.
School principal Noriah Md Jidin said the children are proud of their school and their enthusiasm to come to school has increased after the revitalisation works were completed.
Noriah said the renovation included repairing the staircases, repainting the school facade and refurbishing the mural, common areas, security guardhouse and sport facilities which featured a muhibbah theme.
“We are really thankful to Forest City for having selected Tg Adang as one of its adopted schools which enabled us to enjoy this privilege.” she said.
Country Garden and Forest City Director of Strategy Ng Zhu Hann in his speech said that education and poverty alleviation have always been the hallmarks of Forest City and the Country Garden Group.
“Apart from taking care of the villages and community near our development, we are planning to expand this initiative to other areas in Johor as we believe education will change one’s destiny,” Ng said.
“It is also important to empower the local community, especially the B40 and M40. A conducive learning environment is important so that the children can study well, and the teachers can teach effectively while the parents can have peace of mind knowing that the children are in a safe environment.
“We are glad we can play a role in the community through our technological know-how in building and renovation. Forest City will continue to align with the government’s calling for more public-private partnership in overall economic activities and social development, especially the upgrading of education infrastructure as per Budget 2019 announced by YB Lim Guan Eng, Minister of Finance recently.” he said, adding that the renovation works began on Sept 15 and ended on Oct 31.
Youth education and empowerment, societal development and environmental awareness are the three pillars of the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Meanwhile, State Housing and Rural Development committee chairman YB Dzulkefly Ahmad who launched the Revitalisation of SK Tg Adang here today, said the state government encourages public-private partnerships, especially CSR programmes that would enhance the lives of the locals.
“The state government fully supports Forest City’s CSR efforts in upgrading the lives of the local folk and ensuring them a brighter future in the era of globalisation,” Dzulkefly said.
Many of the local villagers have also found employment in the Industrialised Building System (IBS) facility which is the largest in Asia. As a strong believer that education is the key to unlock a better future, Forest City will continue to promote education in the State of Johor and Malaysia through these initiatives so that the underprivileged students are given equal opportunities and well-equipped with necessary skills to join the workforce.