Staff mem­bers ded­i­cated to en­sur­ing pro­grammes’ suc­cess, says GM

New Straits Times - - News / Region - T.N. ALAGESH KUANTAN

THE suc­cess of pro­grammes con­ducted by Yayasan Pa­hang (YP) since its es­tab­lish­ment earned it the Con­tri­bu­tion to Or­gan­i­sa­tion tro­phy dur­ing the Asia Hu­man Re­sources De­vel­op­ment Awards 2017.

The ac­co­lade is the lat­est in a string of awards gar­nered by YP over the years, which in­cludes the Is­lamic Fi­nan­cial Lit­er­acy & Ed­u­ca­tion Award, Ed­u­ca­tion Cham­pion Award and Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity Lead­er­ship Award.

YP gen­eral man­ager Datuk Mah­mud Mohd Nawawi, who ac­cepted the award from Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi in Putrajaya on Aug 8, said the ac­co­lade was a salute to YP staff, who were com­mit­ted and ded­i­cated to en­sur­ing that YP pro­grammes were car­ried out suc­cess­fully.

He said at YP, peo­ple were free to voice out their opin­ions.

He said there was two-way com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween staff, from the lower ranks to the top man­age­ment.

“The re­la­tion­ship be­tween the man­age­ment and other staff has strength­ened through this con­cept. It al­lows ev­ery­one to con­trib­ute ideas to en­sure that the foun­da­tion grows suc­cess­fully.”

He said the sup­port of YP chair­man Datuk Seri Ad­nan Yaakob, who is also Pa­hang men­teri be­sar, in YP pro­grammes, es­pe­cially those in­volv­ing ed­u­ca­tion, was also a fac­tor in the foun­da­tion’s suc­cess.

“YP in­tro­duced Pro­jek Anak Ya­tim Per­mata Hati (Per­hati) in 2007, and it has been a huge suc­cess. It has ben­e­fited some 17,000 Form Five stu­dents who are or­phans.

“Through the pro­gramme, a teacher is as­signed to han­dle 10 Form Five stu­dents every year. They help the stu­dents in their stud­ies, ad­vise them on ca­reer paths and help them fill in ap­pli­ca­tion forms to fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions.

“Based on our records, around 70 per cent of Per­hati stu­dents fur­thered their stud­ies at higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions, while the re­main­der equipped them­selves with other skills and se­cured jobs. This is a sus­tain­able pro­gramme and not a one-off event, where the stu­dent re­ceives (lim­ited) as­sis­tance only once a year.”

Mah­mud said to en­sure con­tin­u­ous suc­cess, YP cre­ated a data­base to track the progress of stu­dents in the pro­gramme un­til they had se­cured jobs and be­came in­de­pen­dent.

“To date, 50 per cent of un­der­priv­i­leged sec­ondary school stu­dents and 95 per cent of un­der­priv­i­leged pri­mary school pupils have re­ceived schol­ar­ships from YP.

“Our goal is to en­sure that ev­ery­one has equal ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion to cre­ate a bet­ter (so­ci­ety).”


Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi hand­ing over an award to Yayasan Pa­hang gen­eral man­ager Datuk Mah­mud Mohd Nawawi at the Asia Hu­man Re­sources De­vel­op­ment Awards 2017 in Putrajaya re­cently.

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