A group photo of the main committee of TEGAS with the 42 institutions’ representatives taken prior to the flag off.
A group photo of the main committee of TEGAS with the 42 institutions’ representatives taken prior to the flag off.

KUCHING: A total of 42 institutions and agencies will be involved with the Project of Dream Realised Roadshow (ProDR) for a total of 17 days starting today (Thursday).

 The group will be traveling from Sri Aman to Lawas to promote education opportunities for SPM, STPM and university students.

 Participating institutions and agencies include UiTM, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas),Polytechnic, Swinburne University,CENTEXS, Persatuan Guru Bimbingan dan Kaunseling Sarawak and many more.

 Organised by Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (TEGAS) together with the Workforce Development Unit and Chief Minister’s Department Unit, this will be the first education roadshow to be held in the state.

Speaking at the event’s flag off was Assistant Minister of Workforce Development and Training, Datu Len Talif Salleh who said that such programme is significant in spreading the latest information on education and even career opportunities that they may undertake in the future. 

“We need to spread the word in towns that are close to rural areas so that the parents and students like, will know about the education opportunities here in the state.

 “Every year, about 40,000 students sit for their SPM examinations. If we do not provide job opportunities, many of them would succumb to social problems.

“Therefore, I would like to call upon parents, SPM leavers and even those who wish to continue studying to drop by at any of the ProDR roadshows at the specified time and date,” said Len.

 ProDR roadshow will run from 10.00am to 3.00pm at different locations on the following dates: Sri Aman (16 March), Betong (17 March), Saratok (18 March), Sarikei (20 March), Sibu (21 March), Mukah (23 March), Bintulu (25 March), Miri (27 March), Limbang (29 March and Lawas (31 March). 

SPM and STPM leavers are encouraged to bring along their examination result slips as well as relevant certificates along.

On a different issue, Len talked about the incubator programme that will help youths to establish their own businesses and the programme is believed to materialise in the shortest amount of time.

Also speaking was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of TEGAS, Awangku Merali Pengiran Mohamed who commended the seven ‘musketeers’ of TEGAS who have been working hard to materialise many major projects and events under TEGAS.

 “Although we are small in number, we work hard together, equipped with our skills and expertise.

 “TEGAS will continue to work hard for the benefit of our youths,” said Merali.                  

The flag off was held at the old building of State Legislative Assembly and were also attended by Assistant Minister of Welfare and Community Wellbeing Dr. Rahman Ismail, State Assemblyman of Balai Ringin Snowdan Lawan and Demak Laut State Assemnblyman Dr. Hazland Hipni.