KANOWIT: Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (Tegas), for the first time ever, held a ‘Project of Dreams Realised’ (Pro-DR) roadshow here on Thursday.
Ngemah assemblyman Alexander Vincent said that the programme would be able to expose rural students to educational information and assistance, as well as training.
“This is the largest educational outreach in Sarawak for the youth ― organised over two weeks continuously at 14 centres, including Kapit and Kanowit.
“For this roadshow, Tegas came with 45 institutions comprised of education institutions, education aid agencies, and career counselling teachers,” he said when speaking at the event.
Also present were Tegas manager (outreach programme) Fredick Kevin Buseli and Kanowit District Education officer Bugin Ragoon.
Alexander added that one of the main reasons Tegas organised the Pro-DR roadshow was because the state government wanted every youth, both urban and rural, to receive equal opportunities in education and career.
He explained that with this opportunity, SPM and STPM graduates will be able to plan their careers based on the interests and suitability of their examination results.
“From Tegas’ experience of organising the roadshow, some students who have good education results do not know what field or career they are interested in.
“If this continues to happen, Sarawak will also be at a disadvantage as youth talent cannot be developed and wasted away,” he said.
Meanwhile, Fredick in his speech said the roadshow was organised so that students and youth can choose the right career path and course through the information they gain from the exhibitions and lectures presented.
He said that there are currently 10,000 to 15,000 graduates who are unemployed in Sarawak.
“Thus, the Pro-DR roadshow can provide information and insights to the youth, especially for students to plan their future as best as they can,” he said.