BALINGIAN: A back-to-school programme for the students of Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Kuala Balingian and Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Chung Hua Balingian was held as part of Bintulu Port Authority’s (LPB) and LPB Sports and Recreational Club’s (KSRK) corporate social responsibility (CSR) last Friday.

According to LPB board of directors member Abdul Jalil, the programme was held in unison with the Shared Prosperity Vision 2020 (WKM 2020) which aims to provide aids in preparation for underprivileged school children to go back to school.

“The programme intends to provide school equipments to more than 115 students of SK Kuala Balingian and 20 students of SJKC Chung Hua Balingian, and we have prepared school supplies for the 2020 school sessions which include school uniforms, shoes, socks, school bags and stationeries.

Abdul Jalil helps one of the students to put on a school shirt.

“The main objective of the programme is to lessen the financial burdens of low-income families preparing for the 2020 school sessions and providing sufficient school supplies, while motivating them to go to school,” he said during the back-to-school school supply handing over ceremony last Friday.

He added that LPB is always trying to provide aid for underprivileged school children because education and continuous learning are essential in creating a better future for themselves and their families.

“This is very important to shape the future of younger generations and being able to contribute towards the development of our society.

“LPB is not only focusing on management and operational matters involving regulations of Bintulu port operations but also to provide a positive impact on spiritual fulfilment as well as socioeconomic developments including welfare,” he said.

Abdul Jalil, who is also Mukah Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leader, hopes the effort by LPB and teachers would help the underprivileged students and lift their spirits.

“The effort put into improving academic achievements of students would be unsuccessful without the support from parents, therefore, I urge all parents to take part in helping schools to accomplish the mission to improve academic achievements of students,” he said.

Until last year, LPB had organised a few CSR programmes for schools in Bintulu by upgrading school equipments such as desks, chairs, toilets and conducted motivational programmes as well.

The back-to-school aid recipients from SK Kuala Balingian and SJKC Chung Hua Balingian.