20 Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) students recently organised a community programme with 60 orang asli from Kampung Tumbuh Hangat Bota Perak. They brought along and contributed six laptops sponsored by Lenovo, Japanese tables and standing fans to provide a more comfortable and conducive learning environment at the village's multipurpose hall where the orang asli children study.
The effort was part of the General Studies or Mata Pelajaran Umum (MPU) national requirement prescribed by the Ministry of Education Malaysia. The course is designed to ensure that students acquire some basic elements to be applied in a community engagement project to support students' development. The social and value emphasis on this community based project is in line with UTP's mission to produce well-rounded graduates with a broad-minded, balanced and holistic view. It was also organised to align with UTP's university social responsibility framework which is education.
The students held various activities during the two-day programme at the village. They began with cleaning up the multipurpose hall. Next, the group carried out PT3 and SPM workshops for the orang asli's children and shared learning tips to prepare for the examinations.
A computer workshop was also held to expose the orang asli community to the world of information technology with the new laptops.
The students also bond with the community through games as well as learn and understand about the village's culture and living style.
"We really appreciate UTP students' effort in providing the sponsored laptops for our children. We will use them wisely and hope that we will have more opportunities to collaborate with the university," said Panjang Jasmani, the village head.
"Our team is called Cahaya, which represents care, hope and youth. We are really thankful to the villagers for their support and commitment throughout this programme.
"We hope that this programme will benefit the orang asli children and help them to do well in their studies," said Ariffin Mohamad Annuar, the project director.